At the end of the recent ODI series in India, India maintained its record of winning all bilateral series against New Zealand at home. To sum up:
India won 4-0 in 1988-89
3-2 in 1995-96
3-2 in 1999-00
4-0 in 2010-11
3-2 in 2016-17
A total of 98 ODIs had been played between the two teams. India has won 49, New Zealand 43 while there was 1 tie and 5 no-results. These are summarized below:
(won by) Ind NZ Tie NR Total
In Ind 24 7 0 1 32
In NZ 10 21 1 2 34
Neutral 15 15 0 2 32
TOTAL 49 43 1 5 98
Interestingly, the home advantage is clear for both teams while they have been evenly matched in neutral venues.
We now take up individual performances, starting with
Most runs (500 and above):
This has Kohli, Taylor and a few other current NZ players.
Sehwag has the most centuries (6) followed by Astle and Tendulkar with 5.
Tendulkar has the most 50-plus scores (13) followed by Astle with 10 and four others with 9.
Highest scores (110 and above):
Kohli’s 154* is the only one from the current series.
Batting averages (minimum 20 innings, all 22 instances):
Interestingly Sehwag has the highest average here for India, while Astle has the highest for New Zealand. Dhoni, Taylor and Guptill are the only current players. Some likely candidates such as Kohli and Williamson have not played enough innings.
Highest strike rate (Minimum 500 balls faced, all instances):
Sehwag and Kapil have the highest strike rates which are almost the same. McCullum and Cairns have the highest for New Zealand. Kohli has the highest among current players.
Most wickets (15 and above):
Srinath leads by a considerable margin, while KD Mills somewhat unexpectedly has taken the most for New Zealand. No one has taken more than one five-for.
Best innings bowling (including all 5-fors):
While Shane Bond has the best figures here, Amit Mishra now has the best figures for India with 5-18 in the series decider. The previous record for India was (guess who) Srikkanth with 5-27 also at Vizag back in 1988.
Bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls, all instances):
Srinath and Sir Richard have the best averages. We can also see that Sir Richard has the best economy rate of 3.36 and Srinath has the best strike rate of 31.0 . No current players have bowled enough.
To be continued.