Video - Dhoni Praises Patient McCullum

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has paid tribute to his New Zealand counterpart Brendon McCullum, whose triple-century prevented India from forcing a win in the second and final Test in Wellington.

McCullum faced 559 balls during his marathon knock of 302 which enabled New Zealand to recover from a 246-run deficit after the first innings and declare on 680 for six, 434 runs ahead.

It also meant that New Zealand won the series 1-0, after they had won the opening match in Auckland by 40 runs to take the lead.

A reflective Dhoni said that he admired the way that McCullum had managed to bat for so long.

"I think as a cricket fan he batted really well, and he was given good company by Watling and they kept playing," he said.

"They played a lot of deliveries, playing close to 500 deliveries, and it's very tough you know to just forget amount of runs they've scored playing the amount of deliveries and just keep going.

"So, I think he batted really well and I think it was one of the good innings that we were able to see," he added.

The match ended a disappointing tour for India where they failed to win a match, losing the One-Day International series 4-0 with only a tie in Auckland to show for their efforts.

Next up for them is the Asia Cup, followed by the ICC World Twenty20 and then another important tour when they travel to England in July.

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