Wellington: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson lavished praise on his side after their win in the first Test on Monday.
“It was an outstanding effort over the space of four days. We know how strong India are all around the world. The effort in the first innings and then a competitive total with the bat was great. The lower order runs are important to get a bit of a lead,” Williamson said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“We didn’t know what to expect from the pitch on the morning of the Test. Because it wasn’t as windy this week, there was a bit more swing. The bowlers were brilliant, but a real collective effort,” said Williamson.
“(Debutant seamer Kyle) Jamieson was brilliant. Through the summer, in white-ball cricket he’s been valuable. So a great debut for Kyle as he contributed in a number of ways,”
“Southee’s mindset wasn’t of one with a point to prove. He just wanted to lead with the ball. Having Boult at the other end would’ve been good for him too. Left-arm, right-arm combination can be dangerous.”
Southee, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, was pleased to help his side beat a “quality” Indian side. IANS