Respect for India's Test ranking makes winning more special: Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum just cannot stop smiling. He has no reason to as his team continues to bully India - wrapping the first of two Tests by 40 runs at Auckland.

updated: February 09, 2014 15:43 IST
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Auckland: New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was a relieved man after his decision not to enforce follow-on did not lead to his team's defeat against India in the first cricket Test, which the hosts won by 40 runs to go 1-0 up in the two-match series, here on Sunday.

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"We thought we have a big total and if we bowl well, that would be enough runs. We know the quality of their batsmen and how they are capable of putting together big scores and big partnerships. At one stage, when they were sitting 220 for 2, we were starting to get ourselves behind the eight-ball and it took something special to get us out of that. We respect the Indian team a lot for what they have done and where they sit in the world rankings and that's what makes this victory so special," McCullum said at the post-match press conference. (Also read: Stats - New Zealand defeat India in a Test after 14 years)

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