NZ in India ODIs - A look at the statistics
The recently concluded ODI series between India and New Zealand was a cracker of a series. Though India won the series 2-1, it wasn't easy for them. The Black Caps gave a challenging fight in every game, even putting India on the back-foot after the first game. The series went down to the wire, with India winning the final game by 6 runs in a high scoring game. Here are a few statistics from the series.
Virat Kohli surpassed Ricky Ponting's record of 30 hundreds in the very first game of the series at Mumbai. He is now the 2nd highest in the list of centurions, with 32 hundreds, after all-time record holder Sachin Tendulkar. He is also the fastest to 31 centuries, in just 200 games. He registered his 6th century for the current calendar year which is also a record by any captain in any calendar year. He is also the 13th Indian cricketer to cross the 200 ODIs mark.
Tom Latham and Ross Taylor scored the first ever 200-runs partnership against India for New Zealand. The previous best was 188 between Scott Styris and Ross Taylor 7 years back at Dambulla. The record partnership was achieved in the Mumbai game which eventually won the game for NZ.
The 2nd match of the series at Pune saw India and NZ complete 100 games between them. At the end of the series, out of the 101 matches played between them, India have won 51, New Zealand have won 44, 1 game has ended in a tie and 5 games have had no-result.
Virat Kohli achieved another personal record during his 32nd hundred at Kanpur, by crossing 2000 runs across all formats for the current calendar year. He is followed by Hashim Amla with 1988 runs. He also crossed Ricky Ponting's record of 1427 ODI runs as a captain in a calendar year. Ponting had achieved this in 2007. Kohli has aggregated 1460 runs till now in ODIs as captain in this calendar year.
Rohit Sharma crossed the 150 sixes mark during the course of his Century at Kanpur. He achieved this in 165 innings, second fastest after Shahid Afridi (160 innings). Sharma also became the only batsman to score more than one century at Kanpur. It was also the first ever D/N game at Kanpur. It was his 15th ODI century and first against NZ.
It was a series of records once again for the Indian captain as he crossed 9000 ODI runs in just 194 innings, the least by any batsman. The previous best was by his RCB team mate, Ab de Villiers(205 inns).
Jasprit Bumrah had his share in the record books from the bowling department. He became the 2nd-fastest Indian bowler after Ajit Agarkar to cross the 50 ODI wickets mark. He achieved this landmark in 28 ODIs at Kanpur. Agarkar had done the same in 23 ODIs.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli recorded their 4th 200+ partnership which is a record. This happened during their 230 run partnership at Kanpur. They also have the highest averages among Indian pairs at 59.87 with 12 100s and 9 50s, followed by Dhoni and Raina at 58.50.
With current series win against New Zealand, India have won 7 consecutive bilateral series which is their longest streak. With this win they have also ensured that all the home series against NZ have been won since 1988.