India now shifts focus on to the five-match ODI series against New Zealand after recording a historic win over Australia. India left Australia on a winning note and would want to continue with it.
The five-match ODI series in New Zealand commences on January 23, 2018, and ends on February 3. This series is followed by a three-match T20I series that commences on February 6. The last time the two teams faced each other in a 50-over contest was in 2017 when New Zealand toured India. It has been five years since India last visited New Zealand. The last time, India had faced a 4-0 defeat. The tourists would like t turn things around this time.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are in good form.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli considered being the key for India here because of their incredible form. Virat Kohli recently won three major ICC awards and it only gets better. MS Dhoni has also been in good form as he won the man of the series award in Australia recently. the former captain could play an anchoring role in New Zealand. To showcase India’s performance trends in New Zealand, let us have a look at the numbers so far in the New Zealand-India One-Day International rivalry.
India’s Win-Loss Record in New Zealand: (W-10, L-21, NR-2, T-1)
India have a Win/Loss ratio of 1.159 against New Zealand in ODIs, overall. But in New Zealand, India’s Win/Loss record is quite weak. The ratio stands at 0.476 in New Zealand.
Most No. of Runs – Sachin Tendulkar (652 runs)
Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most number of runs by an Indian player in Australia in ODIs. Tendulkar had amassed 652 runs in 18 ODI innings, with a commendable strike rate of 98.19. He has also hit 1 ton and 4 fifties. Amongst India’s current players, MS Dhoni has the highest number of runs against New Zealand- 456 runs at 76 batting average.
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Highest individual score – Sachin Tendulkar( 163)
Sachin also holds the record for the highest score by an Indian player in New Zealand. He scored 163 against the home team at Christchurch in the year 2009. Virat Kohli’s 123 at Napier in 2014 is the highest amongst the current players.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 22, 2019
Most No. of wickets – Javagal Srinath (38 wickets)
Javagal Srinath is long gone from the Indian side, but his record in New Zealand still stands. Irfan has taken 38 wickets in 18 matches, highest by any other Indian player in New Zealand. Irfan has an incredible economy rate of 3.87 along with an extraordinary bowling average of 16.52. From the current Indian squad, Mohammad Shami has the most number of wickets(11) for India in New Zealand.
Best bowling figures – Anil Kumble (5/33)
Anil Kumble took five wickets in an ODI against the home team, at Wellington in the year 1994. It remains the best bowling figures for an Indian bowler in New Zealand till date and the only five-wicket haul.
Highest team total (392/4)
India obtained a total of 392/4 against the Blackcaps in 2009, which is the highest score by the Indian team in New Zealand. India recorded this score in Christchurch and also emerged victorious in the match.
Lowest team total (108/10)
India’s lowest ODI total in New Zealand dates back to 2002. This match, that India lost, was played in Auckland.