ICC World Twenty20: Every time you beat India, it s a confidence booster, says New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner

Santner picked four wickets after earlier playing a neat hand with the bat and scoring 18 runs.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2016, 10:42 AM IST
ICC World Twenty20: Every time you beat India, it s a confidence booster, says New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner

New Delhi: Young Mitchell Santner, who trumped India after a stupendous effort with the ball, said that it is a confidence booster after every time India is beaten. The Kiwis choked India in the opening encounter of the ICC World Twenty20 in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Santner picked four wickets after earlier playing a neat hand with the bat and scoring 18 runs.

"Every time you beat India, it s a confidence booster. We will take a lot of positive out of this match. We knew it will be a hard fought game, we had to fight to defend our total Indian bowlers bowled well. We came out and stuck to our plans," he said.

New Zealand took a brave decision after leaving out pacers Trent Boult and Tim Southee, in order to go with three spinners. The decision did wonders for the side after the spinners picked nine Indian wickets and bowl them out for a paltry 79 runs.

Santner said that it was the selectors' decision to go in with three spinners and the result paid off.

"It was selectors decision to bowl three spinners. When spinners take nine wickets on a spin track then it's not a bad one," the 24-year-old said.

Santner was supported by Ish Sodhi (3/18) and experienced off-spinner Nathan McCullum (2/15) as the Black Caps beat India by 47 runs.

The Kiwis face Australia next in Dharamsala and Santner wants a pitch similar to that of Nagpur.

"Everywhere we go pitches will be different. We have to wait and see how the pitch is but for me I will like a similar pitch like today," Santner said.

(With PTI inputs)