Bleached India series hurts: Ross Taylor

MOUNT MAUNGANUI: New Zealand senior hitter Ross Taylor On Sunday he admitted that the laundering of 0-5 by India has seriously hurt him and that the entire T20I series has been a disappointment for them.

Taylor, however, said his team played cricket better than the results suggest, although they knew from the beginning that it was going to be a difficult task against a strong Indian team.

The whole series has been disappointing, the way we put ourselves in good positions and we just couldn't capitalize. When you face a world class team like India, we have played much worse and have obtained better results than this. Taylor said after New Zealand lost the fifth and final game by seven races to give India a rare series of laundering.

Although it is a different format (than ODI and Test), it still hurts. Winning is a habit and losing those tight matches. But we are going to a format that is one of our strengths. In ODI cricket, hopefully Kane's shoulder is fine, new staff and some world class players come back and we're anxious, he said about the three-game ODI series from February 5 to 12.

He said that New Zealand has given a strong space to the Indian side to take advantage of it and that they had suffered that.

You can't give this Indian side an inch, we gave them much more than that and they took advantage. You have to learn much faster than we are now with the bat and the ball. Until then, we will get similar results, he said, referring to cases in which New Zealand lost two games in Super Over.

Taylor, however, praised the Indian team for being able to win series away from home.

Most of the time it is difficult to win away from home, but come here with a couple of missing players that would add a different balance to your side. I am sure it is very good for Indian cricket.

I probably say this, we were completely out of the series last year and we came back and won that semifinal at the World Cup. Every time we play against India in a T20I game, we know it will be an uphill task, but we know we can still beat them when that is lucky, he added.

Taylor, who reached 53 on Sunday, said the goal of 164 was achievable, but the Kiwis fell short in a tight chase and couldn't recover from a bad start.

I thought we were under pressure when I went out there. The way Tim Seifert He came out and batted, we arrived at what would once again be normally a comfortable stage with 66 of 60 balls. You win, maybe 95 times (from there), said the 35-year-old right-handed hitter.

When you have a world class bowler like Bumrah, you have to skin the cat slightly differently and he can be your X factor for them. The way in which (Navdeep) Saini and other players played bowling put us under pressure and wickets fell at different times, he said, explaining how the New Zealand hitters lost their plot.

Speaking of the 34 races awarded by Shivam dube in one of them, he said: Until the end, where we got 30 races or so, it was probably in favor of India. With that short limit, we knew we had to press them.

We were just trying to get 15 or 16 off. Then, we will take 30. Once again, we go out ourselves in some really good positions in this series. We simply could not capitalize and put our foot in throat, he said.

Taylor became the first male cricket player in New Zealand to play 100 T20I on Sunday, but said his joy was not complete since his team lost the game.