Shivnarine Chanderpaul made his Test debut in 1994. His son Tagenarine followed in late 2022.
Shivnarine became one of the leading Test batsmen for the West Indies for 20-odd years. So there was much anticipation when his son made his Test debut.
His scores in his first three Tests were 51 &45, 47 &17 and 207* & 15. That is 382 runs at 76.40
Compare this with Shivnarine’s first 3 Tests: 62, 19 & 50, 77 & 5 which is 213 runs at 42.60
Also, we note that Junior scored a double century in his 3rd Test about 60 days after his debut.
In contrast, Senior scored his first century in his 19th Test 3 years after his debut. The first of his two double centuries came in his 79th Test after 11 years. Another example of how the next generation did things in a hurry.
A total of 116 ODIs have been played between these teams,
India have won 58, New Zealand 50, ties 1, no result 7
In India: 29-8-0-1
In NZ: 14-26-1-4
Note the strong home advantage for both teams.
Looking at individual performances, starting with Batting:
Most runs (750 or more):
The most centuries were 6 by Sehwag, followed by three players with 5 (Tendulkar, Kohli and Astle). The most 50+ scores were 13 by Kohli and Tendulkar, followed by 11 by R Taylor.
Highest innings scores (115 or more):
In this series, S Gill’s 208 became the highest for India against NZ, surpassing Tendulkar’s 186* in 1999. That was at Hyderabad, though on another ground.MG Bracewell’s 140 was the highest for NZ in India, surpassing NJ Astle’s 120 in 1999. Conway’s 138 also surpassed the old record.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):
Headed by Kohli with Latham close behind.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 500 balls faced and 75.00):
Headed by Sehwag with Kapil Dev close behind.
Now for Bowling:
Most wickets (20 or more):
Srinath is far ahead of the second-placed Kumble. Southee has the most among current players.
Best innings bowling (including all 5wi):
SE Bond is the only one with a 6-for. Next is A Mishra. K Srikkanth is the only one with 2 five-fors.
Best bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls bowled, all instances):
The best averages are by Srinath and Hadlee.
The best economy rates are by Hadlee and Kapil
The best strike rates are by Srinath and Southee.
Next is Fielding:
Most dismissals (12 or more):
Headed by the lesser-known NR Mongia, who also has the most stumpings. Latham has the most from current players, and R Taylor has the most catches by a fielder
Best innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):
Several have made 5 dismissals in an innings. Similarly for 4 catches as a fielder.
Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500):
Again headed by NR Mongia.
Overall performances (see criteria in table below):
Only one player qualifies here,
Only one player qualifies, and he was an occasional bowler.
Here is a brief listing of those who passed away in the calendar year 2021.
There are two separate tables-for Test players and for others. The others include prominent FC and ODI players, female cricketers, journalists, administrators and umpires. The choice here is more subjective, depending on how well they appeared to be known,
It is interesting to see a number of players who lived to be 100 or more, including Eileen Ash who crossed 110.
After India’s first innings in the 2nd Test against New Zealand, a number of records have to be rewritten. Here we look at the best innings bowling against India by all teams in Tests.
(This covers all instances of 7 or more wickets in an innings):
Bombay-born Ajaz Patel now has:
Best figures by any team against India. The previous record was 9-95 by JM Noreiga of WI, in what was India’s first Test victory against WI.
Best figures by NZ against India. The previous record was 7-23 by Sir Richard Hadlee at Wellington in 1976. In India, the previous record was 7-64 by Patel’s teammate TG Southee at Bengaluru in 2012.
Best figures by any team against India in India. The previous record was 8-50 by NM Lyon (Aus) at Bengaluru in 2017.
We now look at the best bowling figures by New Zealand against all teams in Tests.
Ajaz Patel’s 10-119 was the best by any NZ bowler, surpassing the 9-52 by Sir Richard Hadlee against Australia at Brisbane in 1985. This also makes Patel’s haul the best for NZ away from home.
The best figures for NZ at home remain with Sir Richard, with his 7-23 against India at Wellington in 1976.
After the Test is over, we will have a look at match bowling records.
For the moment, we note that the best match figures against India are 13-106 by IT Botham (also at Wankhede) in 1980. And the best match figures by New Zealand are 15-123 by Sir Richard Hadlee against Australia at Brisbane in 1985.
It was interesting to see New Zealand saving a Test against India with the last-wicket pair being of Indian origin. While AY Patel was born in Bombay in 1988, R Ravindra was born in New Zealand in 1999. There are a few others with Indian-sounding names who were born in New Zealand.
Here we attempt to enumerate the members of 2 categories
1. Born in India (including pre-partition India):
FT Badcock (Abbottabad, 1897)-presumably British-7 Tests
AY Patel (Bombay, 1988)-10
N Puna (Surat, 1929)-3
JA Raval (Gujarat, 1988)-24
IS Sodhi (Ludhiana, 1992)-17
2. Indian-sounding name, not born in India:
DN Patel (Kenya, 1958)-37
JS Patel (New Zealand, 1980)-24
R Ravindra (New Zealand, 1999)-1
Those of Gujarati origin just outnumber the others. Badcock, Sodhi and Ravindra are the exceptions.
Among these players, it was Nairobi-born Dipak Patel who played the most Tests for New Zealand. He was a member of the 99 Club, and finished with 1200 runs and 75 wickets. Next are JA Raval and JS Patel who played 24 Tests each.
The Test season gets under way with Sri Lanka hosting the West Indies at Galle from Nov 21. There are also series between India/New Zealand and Bangladesh/Pakistan coming up, not to forget the Ashes starting in December.
Here we look at a summary of the centuries made by the highest century-makers, with a breakup across innings:
Note that this does not include the ICC XI vs Aus Test in 2005, which means that ML Hayden’s century in that Test is not counted.
As we will see, a closer look at the centuries in the different innings reveal some odd facts. From the sample above we can see that Steve Waugh and Steve Smith have the most centuries without ever making one in the fourth innings. And can you guess which current player has the distinction of making all his 6 centuries in the first innings? More to come in the next few days.
His bowling average against India was his best against all Test countries. He only played one series against India, in 1969-70. He took 28 wickets including his only 10-for in the last Test at Madras, which gave Australia a 3-1 win. Indian fans of that period remember it more for Viswanath’s debut and numerous crowd disturbances.
Davidson is better-known for being the first to score over a 100 runs and take a 10-for in the same Test. This was at the Tied Test at Brisbane: