The media in New Zealand basked in the glory of a rare triumph by its national team

Describing India as the ‘wobbling world champions’, the New Zealand media on Saturday hailed the Black Caps’ comprehensive 4-0 win over the visiting side in the just-concluded five-match ODI series.

The media here basked in the glory of a rare triumph by its national team.

“The rout was completed in style. New Zealand’s most complete one-day cricket series performance against quality opponents ended with some capital punishment in Wellington,” a report in the Dominion Post said.

“If games one and two were eye-rubbing upsets, then this was acceptance that New Zealand had blown the wobbling world champions off the park, sealing the series 4-0 with one tie,” it said.

A report in New Zealand Herald described the rout of India the best in the country’s cricketing history.

“Tales of New Zealand cricketing triumph tend to be rare.

“The 4-0 One-Day International series victory over world champions India is the best in the sport’s shorter forms since the 3-0 Chappell-Hadlee Trophy defeat of then-world champions Australia in February 2007,” the report said.

“The crowd’s euphoria rained upon Brendon McCullum and his team, and deservedly so. Standing ovations were the order of the evening; fans know quality when they see it. The smiles were indelible.”

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