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
and 2-1 in 2017-18
While both this year’s and last year’s series were decided in the final match, this series was more closely contested.
This series finished with 101 ODIs being played between these teams.
India has a healthy 51-44 lead over New Zealand. Both teams have a major home advantage, but have won exactly the same number of matches (15-15) on neutral grounds.
Coming to individual performances:
Batting: 500 runs or more:
While Tendulkar is far ahead of everyone else, Kohli is rapidly moving up followed at some distance by Taylor. A few other current players are also seen in the table above.
The most centuries are 6 by Sehwag, with Astle, Kohli and Tendulkar on 5.
The most scores of 50+ are 13 by Tendulkar followed by 11 by Kohli and 10 by Astle.
Highest individual scores (110 or more):
RG Sharma made the highest score in this series.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):
While Sehwag leads with Dhoni some distance behind, we may note that several current players including Kohli, RG Sharma and Williamson have not completed 20 innings yet. Kohli will move to the top after he completes one more innings.
Batting strike rate (Minimum 500 balls, all instances):
Kohli does qualify here, and is after Sehwag and Kapil.
We now move to bowling.
20 or more wickets:
Srinath is far ahead of the others. Southee is the only current player here.
Srikkanth (!) is the only one with two fivers although he does not appear above. But see the next table:
Best innings bowling (including all instances of 5wi and above):
No major bowling feat in this series. Srikkanth’s two fivers can be seen here.
Best bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls, all instances):
Srinath has the best average, while Hadlee has the best economy rate and Srinath again the best strike rate. Current players have not bowled enough.
Now for fielding.
12 or more dismissals:
Mongia has the most dismissals and the most stumpings, although McCullum has more catches as a keeper than Mongia. Fleming (18) and Taylor (16) have the most dismissals. Dhoni and Taylor are the current players here.
Best innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):
Four keepers (including McCullum twice) have taken 5 dismissals. 4 fielders have taken 4 catches apiece.
Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.400):
Mongia again, with Dhoni and Taylor among current players. Taylor also has the highest rate among non-keepers. Dravid has played as a fielder as well as a keeper.
All-round performance (see criteria in table):
Only the “bits-and-pieces” player CZ Harris appears here. The well-known all-rounders Kapil and Hadlee did not play enough.
All-round match performance (30 runs and 3 wickets):
Several more instances here, with the unlikely hero Srikkanth having the only instance of a fifty and fiver in the same match. Other good performances are by Cairns, Astle and YK Pathan, while the more established Hadlee and Cairns (jr) also appear here.
Footnote: After this series India and New Zealand play 3 T20Is in a series starting from Nov 1. This is an entirely different matter as New Zealand have won all 5 of these matches they have played against India-even when India won the inaugural World Championship in 2007.