By Gifford Smithen - North Shore
The test win over India has become a landmark in New Zealand cricket history, according to North Shore Chiefs chairman of selectors Peter Lawrence.
New Zealand defeated India by five wickets with five balls to spare in Auckland yesterday, following on from their first day-night international win in October last year.
Lawrence said the win would rank alongside the draws and wins in 1997 and 2000 as the best test victories New Zealand had achieved in his time as a selector.
In 1996 the team was known as the Black Caps and they reached the World Cup final and the final of the Four Nations tournament.
"That group of players - perhaps at that time, before the spin of the game, but certainly since then and during the Wellington Test match [in 2008] - were very, very good," Lawrence said.
"My own view of the Indian conditions was that it was not conducive to movement of the ball, so there was scope for New Zealand to play positively."
The batting last night also rated with the most successful performances in the last 13 years, Lawrence said.
"The south team [all-rounder Corey Anderson] was very good, Doug Bracewell and Jimmy Neesham also batted well.
"So I think there was some exceptional batting last night."
The win also gave the Black Caps a psychological edge over India, which is very important in international cricket.
"In India, you have got a lot of people who have been practising for this for a long time. [They] come into the Test match wanting to beat the Black Caps, whereas over here people in New Zealand - the Crusaders and Highlanders are the real heartlands - have got an appetite for success and we've seen that."
When asked if the conditions had been different, Lawrence was emphatic.
"I think that's irrelevant, that's part of cricket.
"The law of averages tells you that if you play cricket you are going to play these kind of matches and most teams would like to be playing under the lights in limited overs, but most teams would not relish being in any conditions than what we had."
In the first day-night test in October last year the Black Caps defeated Pakistan in Durban.
The Black Caps and South Africa were all out for 181 in the second innings, setting the visitors 297 runs to win the match.