Jesse Ryder played down the on-field spat with fiery Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma during the fifth and final one-day international on Saturday,which nearly threatened to mar New Zealand’s eight-wicket win.
The Delhi pacer gave Ryder a piece of his mind after one of his deliveries was hoisted to the stands.
The New Zealand opener responded with another six which triggered another verbal duel forcing umpire Rudi Koertzen to warn Ishant for his on-field misconduct.
“Something was said and I just got a little bit heated. We shook hands and apologised to each other,” said the explosive batsman.
Ryder was to rub it in when he brought along his half-century with another big heave off Ishant into the stands but the right-arm pacer had the final laugh,when he castled the Kiwi batsman off an inside edge.
But that didn’t stop Ryder from emerging New Zealand’s top-scorer (63) and said his game was similar to that of Virender Sehwag.
“I would love to say that we both play similar cricket. But I think he’s a bit more destructive than I am. I have just got back into form and am trying to under-hit the ball most of the time.
“I am trying to spend a bit of time in the middle and it is working for me. I’m in form and just doing well at the moment.”
He was glad to have done well with the ball,picking up three Indian wickets for 29 runs in his nine overs.
“I just knew my job. It was to hit a length. The pitch offered a bit of help and that was good for me.” The opener also praised the Indian bowling attack,terming it as world class.
“It is a world class attack. They have come off series wins against Aussie and England and they can’t be that bad,” he said.