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India vs New Zealand Tests stats and trivia ahead of WTC final

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India will take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship final at Southampton from June 18. India and New Zealand are currently the No 1 and No 2 Test teams respectively. Both the teams take great pride in their performances in Test cricket. CricChronicle takes a look at stats and trivia of India vs New Zealand Tests.

India vs New Zealand Test history dates back to 1955 when Harry Cave and his team toured the sub-continent for a 5-match Test series. India won that series by a 2-0 margin. Ghulam Ahmed captained the first Test against New Zealand at Hyderabad.

India has never lost a Test series to New Zealand at home. They have won 9 and drew 2 series against New Zealand at home. However, India has won only 2 Test series against the Kiwis in New Zealand, and lost 6, and drew 2.

India vs New Zealand Test series records

IndiaVs NZ at homeVs NZ in NZ 
 Test series WonTest series WonTotal series won
 9211
New ZealandVs India at homeVs India in India 
 Test series WonTest series WonTotal series won
 66

India has posted 5 totals of 99 or less against New Zealand in Tests. New Zealand has only 1 total of 99 or less against India in Tests.

New Zealand has posted three totals of 600-plus against India. But India is yet to register a total of 600 and above against the Kiwis. New Zealand’s highest total of 680/8 declared against India came in the Wellington Test in 2014.

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Brendon McCullum’s 302 against India in the Wellington Test of 2014 continues to be the only triple ton in New Zealand Test cricket history. The knock came when NZ were 5 down for 94 in the second innings while trailing by 152 runs.

Zaheer Khan holds the record of most ducks in India vs New Zealand Tests. He has 5 ducks.

McCullum has three scores of 200 and more against India in India vs New Zealand Tests – the most by any player. The next best is two scores of 200 and more by India’s Vinoo Mankad.

Rahul Dravid in India vs New Zealand Tests

Rahul Dravid has 2 scores in the 190s against New Zealand in the Tests. The only other Indian player in this list is Mohammad Azharuddin who has 1 score in the 190s against New Zealand in the Tests. There is no Kiwi player on this list.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

The highest partnership for the opening wicket in India vs New Zealand Test is 413 runs between Pankaj Roy (173) and Vinoo Mankad (231) in the Chennai Test in 1956. This opening partnership record stood for 52 years before it was broken in 2008. South African openers Neil McKenzie (226) and Graeme Smith (232) posted 415 runs for the opening wicket against Bangladesh at Chattogram in 2008.

Highest opening wicket stands in Tests

PlayersTeamRunsAgainstGroundYear
Neil McKenzie, Graeme SmithSouth Africa415BangladeshChattogram2008
Vinoo Mankad, Pankaj RoyIndia413New ZealandChennai1956
Virender Sehwag, Rahul DravidIndia410PakistanLahore2006
Glenn Turner, Terry JarvisNew Zealand387West IndiesGerogetown1972
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