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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: A look back at the team stats of eternal dark horses New Zealand

Nilanjan Sen
ANALYST
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767   //    16 Jan 2019, 20:52 IST

Martin Crowe at the 1992 World Cup.
Martin Crowe at the 1992 World Cup.

New Zealand can easily be classified in the category of the best teams to never win a World Cup. Till date, they have appeared in six semi-finals, and the closest they have ever come to winning a World Cup was in 2015 when they reached the finals but were defeated by Australia.

It was a player from New Zealand, Martin Crowe, who was awarded the first Player of the Series trophy when it was introduced in the 1992 tournament.

New Zealand have played a total of 79 matches in the World Cup, winning 48 and losing 30. One match ended in a No Result. They have a win percentage of 61.53% in the World Cup.

Let us now take a look at their past performances and key stats ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

Past Performances

1975 - Semi-finalist

1979 - Semi-finalist

1983 - Third in Group A in the league stage

1987 - Third in Group A in the league stage

1992 - Semi-finalist

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1996 - Quarter-finalist

1999 - Semi-finalist

2003 - Fifth in Super Six stage

2007 - Semi-finalist

2011 - Semi-finalist

2015 - Runner-up

Batting Performances

393/6 scored by New Zealand against West Indies in 2015 is their highest team total in the World Cup.

112 scored by New Zealand against Australia in 2003 is their lowest team total in the World Cup.

1075 runs scored by Stephen Fleming is the most number of runs scored by a New Zealand player in the World Cup.

237* scored by Martin Guptill against West Indies in 2015 is the highest individual score by a New Zealand player in the World Cup.

15 centuries have been scored by New Zealand players in the World Cup.

2 centuries scored by Glenn Turner, Martin Guptill, Nathan Astle, Scott Styris and Stephen Fleming each is the highest number of centuries scored by a New Zealand player in the World Cup.

8 half-centuries scored by Martin Crowe is the highest number of half-centuries scored by a New Zealand player in the World Cup.

547 runs scored by Martin Guptill in the 2015 World Cup is the highest number of runs scored by a New Zealand player in a single edition of the World Cup.

Bowling Performances

36 wickets taken by Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori each is the highest number of wickets taken by a New Zealand player in the World Cup.

7/33 taken by Tim Southee against England in 2015 is the best bowling performance by a New Zealand player in the World Cup.

4 five-wicket hauls have been taken by New Zealand players in the World Cup - by Tim Southee (7/33), Shane Bond (6/23), Richard Hadlee (5/25) and Trent Boult (5/27).

22 wickets taken by Trent Boult in the 2015 World Cup is the highest number of wickets taken by a New Zealand player in a single edition of the World Cup.

Wicket-keeping Performances

32 dismissals by Brendon McCullum is the highest number of dismissals by a New Zealand wicket-keeper in the World Cup.

4 dismissals by Brendon McCullum against England in 2007 and also against West Indies in 2007 is the highest number of dismissals by a New Zealand wicket-keeper in an innings in the World Cup.

14 dismissals by Brendon McCullum in the 2007 World Cup is the highest number of dismissals by a New Zealand wicket-keeper in a single edition of the World Cup.

Fielding Performances

16 catches taken by Chris Cairns is the highest number of catches taken by a New Zealand player in the World Cup.

3 catches taken by Chris Cairns against UAE in 1996, by Nathan Astle against Australia in 1999 and by Ross Taylor against Canada in 2011 is the highest number of catches taken by a New Zealand player in a World Cup innings.

6 catches taken by Nathan Astle in 1999 and by Daniel Vettori in 2015 is the highest number of catches taken by a New Zealand player in a single edition of the World Cup.

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