From three hefty defeats in Australia to thrashing the world No 1 team – the Black Caps have produced quite the test turnaround in the span of seven weeks.
After never being in control, not even for a moment, in any of their three test thrashings at the hands of their trans-Tasman rivals, the Black Caps barely gave India a sniff in their 10-wicket triumph in the first test at the Basin Reserve, sealing New Zealand's 100th test victory, and one which went some ways to righting the wrongs of the Australian tour.
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However, according to Black Caps captain Kane Williamson, the quest for redemption was not a major driver in managing to turn around their fortunes.
"'Bouncing back' isn't a term that we use within our group, we tried to strip things back a little bit because you can get a bit carried away when you're thinking about results. When you have a couple of poor ones, the want for a good one can be a distraction to getting it," argued Williamson.
"It's about focusing on the areas that are important – the roles and plans that give us the best chance of success – and if we do that then the result manifests, and I think that's what we saw in this game."
Black Caps bowler Tim Southee, who was named man of the match for his 9-110, believed his side's turnaround was in large part due to a return to playing in home conditions, where they are now 12 tests unbeaten.
"We knew we weren't anywhere near our best in Australia, the guys would have had a long hard look at themselves. But to come back to conditions that we're familiar with, and conditions that we've played some very good cricket over a long period of time – we went back to what works for us in these conditions."
And, after a torrid time with injuries in Australia saw Boult and Southee only share the ball in one test, Williamson believes having his two star seamers back and firing was a big boost, especially in the second innings, where they took nine wickets as India were rolled for 191, leaving the Black Caps needing just nine runs for victory.
"The left-arm, right-arm combination has been so successful for us for a long period of time, and they showed it again today, especially with the old ball. We know this Indian batting lineup can bat for days, they've got so many world-class players, so the patience and the energy that they showed was brilliant.
"The efforts throughout were brilliant - it was a really fantastic all-around performance."