CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, (Reuters) – New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill reckons his side’s first test victory over India in his native country in 28 years ranks among the country’s most memorable moments.
The tourists made the most of New Zealand’s batting errors in the second innings to win the two-test series 2-0 after the first test was drawn and Sri Lanka were beaten in their last two tests.
“I’d say it might just be one of the best wins I’ve played in,” Guptill told reporters at Hagley Oval on Thursday.
“Definitely up there as one of the biggest wins we’ve had as a New Zealand side.”
A scintillating unbeaten century from Ross Taylor earned New Zealand a first test win over India in New Zealand for 28 years, while the bowlers inflicted seven catches behind the stumps on wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to help claim six lower order wickets and finish off the contest.
Guptill, who made 192 in the second innings and shared a record eighth-wicket partnership of 258 with Matt Henry, said his side had relished playing down the ground.
“It definitely was our most enjoyable day at the office. As a middle order it makes you feel uncomfortable with the guys batting below you,” he said.
“It was great the way the batters and all of the lower order took a leaf out of the book today.
“The wicket was set up nicely and off the bat it made our job a lot easier.
“We got them in a spot where the game wasn’t going anywhere and it was just about knowing our roles and our strengths.”
New Zealand team manager Gavin Larsen, who was the team’s wicketkeeper between 1993 and 2001, said the victory would live long in the memory of players and staff alike.
“To win that test match was outstanding.
“We are really very proud of the way the boys played. There was plenty of good old-fashioned New Zealand spirit that captured the Test match.
“Our boys gave absolutely everything out there. To win like that on the back of so many lows at the Black Cap stage, it was just great.”