Napier:Jesse Ryder, architect of New Zealand's stunning turnaround in the second Test, believes the bowlers have put the Kiwis on top by claiming three Indian wickets which offers them a chance to square the three-match series.
Ryder and Ross Taylor cobbled a record 271-run stand to rescue the hosts who were reeling at 23 for three at a stage. New Zealand went on to amass 619 for nine before declaring their first innings and snaring three Indian wickets to leave the visitors tottering at 79 for three.
"The boys came out and bowled pretty well in the evening and put us on top of the game," Ryder told reporters after the second day's play.
Ryder himself played a crucial knock of 201 to resurrect New Zealand before falling to Zaheer Khan, a dismissal that annoyed him so much that he banged the bat on the turf and threw it once he entered the dressing room.
"I got angry with myself. It was a wide half volley and I played it onto the stumps. I was disappointed that having gone so far and having worked so hard to get there, I got out like that. It angered me," Ryder said.
"It is just that I was angry with myself for getting out the way I did," he added.
The dismissal apart, Ryder was happy to come up with his maiden double century when the team needed it most.
"Definitely, it is a good feeling to get my career-best score. I just went out there and stuck to my game plan and that worked for me. The double is really big for me," said Ryder.
This being only his eighth Test, he said he couldn't ask for anything bigger than what he had achieved today.
"I cannot ask for anything more at this stage of my career. It has been quite sensational for me. Everything seems to be working for me.
"It was good to be there in the middle. I haven't been in the middle so long in my life so far. I played ball by ball and was hitting it well," he said.
A tough competitor on the field, Ryder said he was relishing the experience of playing against some Indian cricketers whom he watched on television all his life.
"It is a great experience. They are a world-class team and to play against them has been great. When I was growing up I watched them pretty much all my life. To play against them now is great," said Ryder, adding, "I don't really have idols. I just bat the way I bat."