BLACKCAPS captain, Ross Taylor, spoke before the Test about the need for players to trust their game, not take a backward step and play with intent against the confident Indian side.
He also spoke about the honour associated with representing New Zealand and how he wanted to repay fans who had kept thier faith in the side.
Taylor walked the walk, lashing a sparkling 113 off 127 balls to set up a solid first day for his team. It was his seventh Test century and came at time when his side needed it most.
“Of all my hundreds, this was probably the one under most pressure,” said Taylor.
“Being a young captain it’s a nice feeling and I tried to lead from the front. But I have a lot more hope to give to this team and a few more 100s as well.
“I’ve scored runs overseas in ODIs but have struggled in Test cricket. This is a positive step and hope I can build on this as we have a lot of overseas Tests coming up.
“Our top six are stroke-players. Whatever comes natural to you gets you the best result. If your natural instincts take over, more often than not you take the right decisions.
"A lot of times when we come to subcontinent we try and bat long periods of time, but I think we’ll learn a lot form this innings.”
New Zealand were teetering at three wickets for 89 runs but Taylor refused to back down with hard hitting batsmen making 71 of the 107 runs in a fourth wicket stand with Daniel Flynn.
“After losing Brendon early, we didn’t want to go into a shell. We stuck to our guns. We wanted to play attacking brand of cricket, but by taking calculative risks,” he said.
“The fields were less attacking today and hence we could play our shots. It’s not easy batting in subcontinent with men around the bat. But when the field is spread out, it’s a hell of a lot easier."
It was a chanceless ton that came of just 99 balls but he eventually came undone sweeping.
“I don’t use my feet a lot so I’ve got to try and create other opportunities to score runs. It did lead to my downfall but got me a few runs as well. I’ve got to pick the right ball to play it,” he added.