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India v New Zealand stats preview: From Virat Kohli's edge over Kane Williamson to Black Caps' woeful run against 'Men in Blue'

  • Umang Pabari
  • October 21st, 2017
  • 17:42:24 IST

A new series. A new hope. A new challenge.

India currently at the second spot in the ICC ODI rankings while New Zealand are at No 5, which indicates that the series will not be a walk in the park for the hosts. The series consists of only three ODIs, which makes the first ODI very important as it will give the winning team an early advantage.

New Zealand have their own selection quandaries to solve before the series begins while India have a problem of plenty. The hosts have a more or less settled unit coming into the series but it remains to be seen who they play at the top of the order alongside Rohit Sharma? India have tried all their options from MS Dhoni to Hardik Pandya at No 4 in ODIs in recent times and the inclusion of Dinesh Karthik in the side again makes the scenario more intriguing.

Virat Kohli has had a superb run of captaincy in recent times, leading his side to nine wins in the last 10 matches. AP

Virat Kohli has had a superb run of captaincy in recent times, leading his side to nine wins in the last 10 matches. AP

“See, I have no idea about that where he (Rahane) will be batting. Yes, Shikhar is back, but speaking of Rahane, he’s probably grabbed all his opportunities in the last few series that he has played. Now it’s on the captain and the coach, what they want and where they want him to bat,” Rohit told reporters after India’s first training session at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

“A couple of series back the captain came and spoke that he considered him (Rahane) as an opening batsman and I don’t know if (Virat) Kohli wants him to bat at four again. That will be completely his call. If he feels that we need someone like Rahane batting at four in this particular team right now. I don’t know if that will happen. It’s very unclear. We have to wait and see,” the Indian ODI vice-captain added.

“It only shows that the strength of this team is so vast that anyone can come in at any time and take the position. So we all have to be on our toes and keep performing the way we have in the last few years.”

New Zealand have more all-rounders in their current side than specialist players on an average. However, just like India, their pace bowling department is settled with the in-form pacer Trent Boult and the trio of Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Matt Henry.

The onus will be on India to augment their position in the world cricket by lifting the winner's trophy while the visitors will try to win their first ever ODI series on Indian soil.

Let’s look at some important numbers over the years in the ODIs played between India and New Zealand.

New Zealand’s win/loss ratio of 0.291 against India in ODIs at the latter's backyard is the worst for any team with a minimum of 20 such matches.

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It has been always difficult for any team to beat India in India irrespective of the format, and the following table put more light on it. India have won all the five bilateral ODI series’ against New Zealand played in India so far.

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New Zealand have not won more than two matches in a bilateral ODI series played in India against the 'Men in Blue' yet.

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The challenge for New Zealand would be to get back the winning momentum as quickly as possible as they have lost three of their last four ODIs. On the other hand, India have won nine of their last 10 ODIs.

Recent form (Last 10 ODIs) — Most recent showed first

India: W, L, W, W, W, W, W, W, W, W

New Zealand: L, L, N/R, L, W, W, W, L, W, L

India have good variety in their bowling attack, one that can pick wickets at any stage of the game coming into the series, especially in the middle-overs. If they want to win the series convincingly, then they should expose the middle-order of New Zealand team as their batting average of 27.46 in ODIs is the worst among the top-eight teams since the start of 2016.

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Visiting teams always had a tough time travelling to Asia till day and New Zealand are no exception as their win/loss ratio of 0.472 in ODIs in India is the worst for them in any country among the nations in which they played a minimum of 25 ODIs.

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The win percentage difference of 32.50 in favour of Kohli throws a challenge to Kane Williamson to boost his captaincy record in the upcoming series as much as possible.

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Some individual records in India-New Zealand ODIs in India:

Highest total

India: 376/2 at Hyderabad (Deccan) in 1999

New Zealand: 349/9 at Rajkot in 1999

Lowest total

India: 188 at Guwahati in 1999

New Zealand: 79 at Visakhapatnam in 2016

Highest individual score

India: 186* by Sachin Tendulkar at Hyderabad (Deccan) in 1999

New Zealand: 120 by Nathan Astle at Rajkot in 1999

Individual Hundreds

India: Four (by Sachin Tendulkar from 16 ODIs)

New Zealand: Two (by Nathan Astle from 11 ODIs)

Best bowling

India: 5/18 by Amit Mishra at Visakhapatnam in 2016

New Zealand: 4/62 by Andy McKay at Guwahati in 2010

Leading run-scorers

India: 821 (Average 58.64) by Sachin Tendulkar

New Zealand: 526 (Average 47.81) by Nathan Astle

Leading wicket-takers

India: 16 (Average 28.56) by Anil Kumble.

New Zealand: 11 by Chris Cairns (avg. 36.18), Daniel Vettori (avg. 38.63) and Scott Styris (avg. 39.54).

Most catches

India: Seven by Yuvraj Singh from eight matches

New Zealand: Five by Jamie How (four matches) and Ross Taylor (10 matches)

Most wicket-keeping dismissals

India: Nine by MS Dhoni (Five matches) and Nayan Mongia (Seven matches)

New Zealand: Five by Adam Parore from eight matches

Most matches

India: 16 by Sachin Tendulkar

New Zealand: 15 by Stephen Fleming

Updated Date: October 21, 2017 17:42:24 IST

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