Gambhir hails team effort
India captain Gautam Gambhir was delighted with his players after they closed out a 5-0 ODI series win over New Zealand.
Last Updated: 10/12/10 3:03pm
Stand-in India captain Gautam Gambhir was delighted with his players after they closed out a 5-0 whitewash of New Zealand with an eight-wicket win in the fifth one-day international.
Ravi Ashwin took three wickets as the Black Caps were dismissed for 103 in 27 overs, their lowest ever ODI score against India.
And, despite the early departures of Gambhir and Virat Kohli, the home side completed their run chase in the 22nd over thanks to an unbroken 97-run stand between third-wicket duo Parthiv Patel (56no) and Yuvraj Singh (42no) .
"It was a very professional performance," said Gambhir, who was in charge throughout the five-match series as India's selectors opted to rest several senior players.
"We were a young side, excited to play the series and everyone wanted to contribute.
"If you look at the whole series then everyone did contribute, the bowlers bowled well, there were some good batting innings.
"All the spinners bowled well, they did a fantastic job as did the fast bowlers who got rid of the top order today, so it was an overall effort.
"It was fantastic to see them performing in the fifth game even after we've sealed the series 4-0.
"So the credit goes to the entire bunch of boys for their professional approach.
"I always believed that we had the talent to finish the series 5-0."
Gambhir's counterpart, Daniel Vettori, admitted the Black Caps were left reeling by India's performances.
New Zealand have now gone two consecutive ODI series without a single win, after Bangladesh wrapped up a 4-0 triumph in October.
But Vettori believes the experiences of playing in the subcontinent will be used to good effect come next year's world cup due to be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
"We always knew it was going to be tough," said Vettori. "We were hoping to put on a decent total and defend it in the night, but India again played like a team and that's why they've played well in this series.
"All facets of their game have been outstanding and we haven't been able to keep up with them.
"India have shown us how to play in these conditions with both bat and ball, so hopefully we'll learn a lot from it."