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Brendon McCullum says beating India is a big achievement

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Brendon McCullum was happy with the way New Zealand handled the pressure against India © Getty Images

Feb 9, 2014

After New Zealand clinched a thrilling 40-run win over India in the first Test at Auckland on Sunday, Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum said beating the visitors was a big achievement and was happy with how his team handled the pressure in edging out MS Dhoni’s men in a close contest.

“To get a Test victory over this India team is no small achievement … and one we will certainly remember for a long time,” McCullum was quoted as saying by Times of India.

“They acquitted themselves immensely well in that second innings and put us under an immense amount of pressure,” said McCullum after India had fallen 40 runs short trying to chase 407.

“I would have taken 400 as a run chase before the game started but today I wanted a few more in the bank when they started to put together the partnerships,” added McCullum.

When queried about why New Zealand did not enforce the follow-on after bowling India out for 202 in the first innings, McCullum replied, “Everyone has their own opinions and at the end of the day you have to make a decision. You live and die by those decisions and thankfully we’re living at the moment. But you have to continually back your instincts, get as much information as you can from your bowlers and your senior players but at the end you have to be the one who makes the decision.”

McCullum said that the decision to not enforce the follow-on came after discussions with bowlers and other senior players.

“When they were sitting 220 for two or three the decision wasn’t looking so good but we still managed to hang in there.”

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