Chips were clearly down with New Zealand inflicting the follow-on but India's stand-in captain Virender Sehwag insists neither he nor any of his teammates ever feared losing the second Test to the Kiwis.
Sehwag said the Indian batting order, which failed to live upto the expectations in the first innings, was too good to falter twic and the players were pretty much sure of saving the match despite conceding a huge 314 runs first innings lead to the hosts.
"We were confident of saving the match. We were very sure that we can bat through two and a half days. We have a capable batting line-up, they can bat two and a half days. Laxman, Dravid, Gautam, Tendulkar they can bat for two days," Sehwag said.
"We have done that a couple of times. We did that against Australia in 2001 series, we did that in Adelaide in 2004 when we won the game. No one thought we would lose the game. That's why we were enjoying ourselves playing football, volleyball during the game," he added.
Sehwag said the series wins at home and abroad in the recent months have given the team the confidence to come out of any difficult situation.