President congratulates Indian team on series victory in New Zealand

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New Delhi, Apr 7 (ANI): President Pratibha Patil has congratulated Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his team winning the Test series in New Zealand today.

In her message, the President said, "I congratulate all members of your team on the magnificent achievement of winning the just concluded Test Series against New Zealand in New Zealand after a gap of 41 years. The nation is proud of this achievement." My hearty greetings to you and all members of your team and I wish Team India every success in the future also," the President added.

The President conveyed the message soon after the third and final Test in Wellington ended in a draw, giving India a 1-0 series victory.

Chasing 617 runs for an improbable victory, New Zealand ended on 281 for the loss of eight wickets in their second innings. They scored 197 in their first essay. India scored 379 and 434 for the loss of seven wickets. Harbhajan Singh with four wickets and Zaheer Khan and Sachin Tendulkar with two wickets apiece were the main strike bowlers.

The last series victory took place in 1967, when India led by the Nawab of Pataudi swamped the Graham Dowling-led New Zealand squad 3-1. (ANI)

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