As New Zealand versus India Test series is all set to start shortly, the cricket atmosphere in the country is warming up. While team India is through one of its best times with the best players to nick records after records, New Zealand has been continuously campaigning against other teams. The present series can bring another bulk of records for India and make it the top Test Team in ICC ranking, while it can be also the other way. New Zealand is one of the strongest teams with excellent records.
Till date, New Zealand has won four series in Asia out of 29. It was in 1969 in Pakistan, 1984 in Sri Lanka and in 2004 and 2008, it was in Bangladesh. In India, the team has played 10 test series, out of which they have lost eight and drew two. The draw matches were played in 1969 and 2003. In India, New Zealand won two matches. The first was in 1969 when they beat India by 167 runs and the next was in 1988 in Mumbai, which the team won by 136 runs. The numbers bring up the ratio of win-loss for New Zealand to 0.153. This ratio is the lowest for the team in any host nations. In India, New Zealand played 31 Test matches. They won only two out of them while losing 13, the rest are drawn.
Players like Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill are expected to be the kingpins of the upcoming series from New Zealand. Williamson has scored four centuries in India playing 12 Tests. The player's highest score is 192 and has a total score of 1000 runs in Asia. His knocks have four hundred and four fifties. The batsmen also have a good average of 38.15 in seven Test matches against India. In these matches, he played a total of 13 innings taking 496 runs. On the other hand, Guptill's batting average in seven Tests in West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe is 74.54. India, so far, has lost 10 Tests under Virat Kohli.
Ravichandran Aswin will be certainly a key player for India. Since his debut in November 2011, the spin bowler has played seven series in India and has been the Man of the Series in 5 of them. The bowler had 147 wickets under his name with an economy of 20.52. Ashwin is the second best wicket taker in home test series in the world since 1900. He has 6.63 wickets per home Test. Only Muttiah Muralitharan has better numbers than him. The bowler had 126 wickets in 19 Test matches in India. He has 13 five wicket haul and 3 ten-wicket hauls in these matches. The next key bowler for India is Ravindra Jadeja. He along with Ashwin has the highest strike rate as spinners.
The first test match against New Zealand will be India's 500th Test match. The series will certainly be an exciting one as it is imperative for both the teams.
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