After India winning the recently concluded ODI series versus Australia 2-1, the next challenge for Virat Kohli and co. will be against a formidable New Zealand side that looks to be in good form as well, as they whitewashed Sri Lanka in the ODI series 3-0.
The last time that India won a series in the Kiwi-land was in the 2008-09 season by 3-1, with the men in blue seeking to ensure solidarity against Kane Williamson's men.
Here are a few stats and figures about India and New Zealand on the cricket field to get a better understanding of this mouth watering fixture.
The highest score in an India-New Zealand encounter was registered by team India as they posted a mammoth 392 at Christchurch in the year 2009.
The lowest total on the other hand is scored by New Zealand, who could only manage to string a score of 79 against the men in blue in the year 2016 at Vishakhapatnam.
New Zealand holds the record for winning a game by 200 runs against India, which is also the highest margin win between the two sides.
Ever since the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, India’s big 3 of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli have scored of 52% of the runs for the team with 81% of the centuries coming from their bats.
New Zealand’s big 3 of Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, and Ross Taylor have scored over 46% of the runs ever since the last World Cup, with close to 77% of the hundreds coming from their end.
Sachin Tendulkar has scored the highest number of runs for an Indian batsman against New Zealand with 1750 runs to his kitty.
New Zealand’s Nathan Astle is the leading run scorer for the Kiwis against India with 1207 runs.
Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor needs 294 more runs, to become the highest run scorer for his nation, overhauling Stephen Fleming’s 8007 runs.
Virender Sehwag has scored the most number of centuries for India against New Zealand with a total of 6 tons.
Javagal Srinath has taken the most number of wickets against the Black caps with 51 New Zealand wickets to his name.
Srinath’s 18 wickets in 7 ODIs is the highest number by a bowler in an India-New Zealand series.
Andre Adams’ 14 wickets in 4 ODIs is the highest number of wickets taken by a New Zealand bowler in a series versus India.
Kyle Mills leads the wicket taking department for New Zealand against India with a total of 32 wickets under his belt.
Shane Bond has the best bowling figures for his nation against the Indians with a spell of 6 for 19 in his 9 overs at Bulawayo.
Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid’s partnership of 331 runs at Hyderabad is the highest by an Indian pair against New Zealand, and is also the second highest by any pair in world cricket.
Stephen Fleming has taken the most number of catches against India with a total of 18 takes by the former Kiwi skipper.
Ken Rutherford has taken the most number of catches in an innings against India with a total of 4 catches at Napier.
Brendon McCullum has the record of the most number of dismissals by a wicket keeper in a series against India, with 15 dismissals to his name.
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