Review of India-New Zealand Tests-1

With the conclusion of India’s 3-0 clean sweep over New Zealand, a total of 57 Tests have been played between the two teams.

Overall, India leads 21-10 with 26 draws.

In India, the home team leads 16-2 with 16 draws. The only 2 Tests won by New Zealand were in 1969-70 and 1988-89.

In New Zealand, again the home team leads 8-5 with 10 draws. India’s 5 wins here include 3 in 1967-68 (India’s first Test and series wins abroad), one in 1975-76 and another in 2008-09.

Overall batting figures (600+ runs):

batting-overall

Among current players, Gambhir and R. Taylor lead.

Highest innings scores (150+):

batting-innings

Only Kohli and Rahane among current players. Strange that Mankad’s 231 in 1955-56 is still the highest by India against NZ. It was the record for India against all countries until Gavaskar made 236* against WI in 1983-84.

Highest batting averages (all instances of 20+ innings batted):

batting-avg

R. Taylor is the only current player here. The relative infrequency of Tests between the two countries means that many prominent batsmen have not reached the cutoff of 20 innings.

Now to bowling.

Most wickets (25+):

bowling-overall

Here we see Ashwin rapidly moving up the ranks with 27 wickets in this series. He has the most fivers (6) and tenners (3), moving ahead of the famous knight (not Sir Ravindra).

Best innings bowling:

bowling-innings

Ashwin moves into 4th position here. Venkataraghavan’s career-best innings figures came in his debut series.

Best match bowling:

bowling-match

R. Ashwin now has the best match bowling figures on either side. He surpassed his own record set in 2012, and took another tenner in this series. The “other” knight has the best figures for NZ, both in India and NZ.

Finally we look at the bowling averages (2000 + balls bowled):

bowling-avg

Only 12 bowlers make the cutoff, with relatively few from recent years. Indian spinners have the first 4 places in the list before Sir Richard makes an appearance.

It can also be seen that RG Nadkarni (who else?) has the best economy rate of 1.52 followed by Bedi and Venkataraghavan. Hadlee has the best strike rate of 47.7 followed by Prasanna and Zaheer. Note that Ashwin has bowled only 1415 balls so far (see the first bowling table) but has a strike rate of 31.4.

Also note Vettori’s unexpectedly poor average.

Enough for now, will take up fielding and all-round performances here.

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