Bangalore:Rahul Dravid hailed Brendon McCullum for his demolishing 158-run innings, resulting in his side's crushing 140-run defeat, but promised to bounce back in the inaugural Indian Premier League.
"It was great innings. Hats off to him. There was something in the wicket but he (McCullum) batted through the innings," Dravid, leading Bangalore Royal Challengers, said after losing the opening IPL encounter to Kolkata Knight Riders.
Dravid said the humiliating defeat would not affect the morale of the team.
"But it is a long tournament. Lots of games are ahead and one loss is not going to dampen our spirits," he said.
Sourav Ganguly, the winning captain, too heaped praised on McCullum and also appreciated the efforts of his fast bowlers.
"He took away the game (from the hosts). I have seen some great batting on the flat tracks but not on this kind of surface.
"We knew anything short is going to be hit for runs so we told our bowlers to bowl full and they did a good job," he said.