Neil Wagner bagged a 7-for    Getty Images
Neil Wagner bagged a 7-for Getty Images

Neil Wagner registered the best figures of his career and the fourth-best in New Zealand‘s chronicles. However, he felt horrible after the feat. Wagner s 7 for 39 destroyed West Indies batting, bundling them for a mere 134 and put his name alongside Chris Cairns and Sir Richard Hadlee. Short balls did it for Wagner six times during his spell at Wellington on Friday, while one successful delivery was a yorker.

A bizarre day

“It was a bit of a bizarre day to be honest,” Wagner was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. “They were looking quite comfortable and playing it quite well. We had flashes of that Bangladesh game a couple of years ago. I felt horrible to be honest. At the start I just felt like I didn’t really have a great rhythm.

“I had to obviously find a way to adapt pretty fast, and do a job. Myself and Kane [Williamson] spoke out in the middle and tried to work that wind, it was a bit of a stiff breeze, and eventually worked towards a plan and that plan just came off, he added.

“I recall a couple of weeks back in a Plunket Shield game where I felt a million dollars and couldn’t get a wicket, and then you go out there today and things don’t really tick, but wickets just keep on falling. It’s a bizarre sort of thing.”

Win more important for Wagner

Wagner, who triggered West Indies bizarre collapse, says victories matter more to him than personal achievements.

“It’s obviously quite pleasing to be up there and have that, but for me, it’s quite a funny one. If you take none-fa, but you win the game, that’s the most important thing for me. There’s no runs or wickets on the couch. At the end of the day, whatever you can do for the team for us to get a result and win a game, that’s the most important thing. I just want to contribute, I guess. I think that’s the main thing you’ll remember for the rest of your life, is test victories, and that’s the most important thing for me.”