is also the first time he was put into a position like this. I definitely feel that he's someone who can definitely bat like a batsman. He has improved his power hitting as well, which he has been working on."
Man-of-the-Match Ravindra Jadeja was happy that he had contributed for the team's cause.
"I feel very happy because I have done something for the team. I just wanted to play till the last ball, but unfortunately we didn't cross the line, but we have learned a lot from this game. I think we bowled well, but the straight boundaries are very short," he said.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum patted India for their fighting spirit.
"I thought it was a brilliant game of cricket. India showed why they are one of the powerhouses of India cricket.
We thought we had a powerful score, but I guess that wasn't the case," McCullum said.
"They did well to get as close as they did. But credit to India for standing up and not lying down at any stage and keep us on our toes," he added.
McCullum also felt that his side could have won the match had they grabbed the chances that came their way.
"We had a few opportunities at the end which we didn't take, which does hurt. We don't tell the batters anything. We just trust they know their games and if they play well then they can definitely get us in a position," said the New Zealand captain.
"We didn't' utilize the position well initially when we lost a few too many wickets at one stretch. I thought our guys bowled pretty well. We missed a few times, but that is the nature of ODIs, and it hurt when it did. There was a bit of sloppiness in there, but it is hard to fault what was a brilliant game of cricket."