Bangalore: The 0-2 series whitewash against India has left Ross Taylor heartbroken but the New Zealand captain said he is still proud of his team for showing "outstanding" effort in the second Test.
New Zealand had their moments in the second and final Test here but it was India who had the last laugh as the hosts notched up a five-wicket win with one day to spare to complete a 2-0 whitewash here.
"I wouldn`t put it down to just one little moment. It was just, we lost the Test match over time," Taylor told reporters after the match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here.
"We wanted to show some fight and courage. I thought the effort from the team was outstanding in this match, but obviously I am still disappointed at the loss. It still hurts, but still proud of the team," he said.
Asked why Jeetan Patel was taken off the attack after getting wickets, Taylor said the ball was swinging and he thought Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni likes to play spin and so he introduced quickies.
"That`s a punt you take. He played and missed a few, we could have picked him up and it would have been a different story. That was the decision that I made and you go with hunches every now and then ? sometimes they work, sometimes they don`t," he said.
Taylor, however, was hopeful that Patel would play a big part in the upcoming Sr Lanka tour.
"In our side we have three quicks so Jeetan doesn`t have to bowl as much, but I thought he is improving as a spinner. Spinners get better with age and he is certainly shown that. I thought he bowled some good balls. Didn`t have that much luck. If a little bit of luck went his way, he could have had even better figures," he said.
New Zealand had India on the mat when they reduced the hosts to 166-5 but they could not make any break through after that as Virat Kohli (51) and Dhoni (48) overhauled the target without losing any more wicket.
Asked if the bowlers lacked intensity after taking the initial wickets, Taylor said his bowlers tried their heart out. "You have to give credit to Kohli and Dhoni, they batted very well," he said.
About Kohli, Taylor said he has always followed the Delhi batsman`s progress with interest.
"He was young when he joined RCB and he asked a lot of questions and you could see he wanted to be a world class player," he said.
"The biggest thing I see in Kohli is he is very confident and patient. I do enjoy looking at different websites and seeing him score a lot of runs over time. He can score a lot of runs against other teams ? just maybe next time not score that many against us!," he added.
Asked if it was curtains for experienced pacer Chris Martin, Taylor said he is still got a part to play with New Zealand cricket as they were touring Sri Lanka and South Africa where the team could go in with four quicks.
"There is going to be times in the next few months that Chris will play and there will be times when he might not play at all. But we need someone for these young fast bowlers to learn off. He is a very experienced person and he is willing to give his time. He knows where he stands in the team," he said.