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Ryder batted with a stiff calf: McCullum

 AHMEDABAD, Nov 6 (PTI): Jesse Ryder, who scored a defiant century against India and also got involved in a record 194-run partnership with debutant Kane Williamson, batted with a runner for the better part of his knock due to a stiff calf muscle, New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum said here today.

“It was due to the stiffening of his calf muscle,” said McCullum, who made a 65, after the third day’s play in the first Test here.

26-year-old Ryder scored 103 in 205 balls in just over five hours’ stay at the crease, hitting 10 fours and a six off Harbhajan Singh in the process.

McCullum, who has given up his wicket-keeping duties in Tests to colleague Gareth Hopkins, saw a bright future for the Ryder and Kane Williamson, who remained unbeaten on 87.

“I watched some of the best batting we’ve seen from a New Zealand No.5 and No.6 for a long long time. I don’t think anyone could have expected those guys to play as well as they did,” said the 29-year-old Dunedin-born hard-hitting batsman.

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