• January 30, 2023

India Vs New Zealand Cricket History – A Head to Head Contest

India Vs New Zealand Cricket History – A Head to Head Contest

The history of cricket between India and New Zealand is long and rich at the same time. The Men In Blue and the Black Caps, as they are often referred to as, are considered two of the best teams in the sport.

Their first meeting dates back to 1955 when both teams met in a Test match, which ended in a draw. Under Ghulam Ahmed’s leadership, India had hosted the Kiwis, led by Harry Cave in Hyderabad.

Ever since both teams have promised and delivered high-quality matches that have ended with celebrations as well as heartbreaks.

India and New Zealand also faced in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Lord’s in 2021, which the latter won despite not being the favorites.

They beat India by eight wickets, with bowler Kyle Jamieson declared as the player of the match for his 7-wicket spell in the game.

India is currently hosting the Black Caps across 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is, wherein India whitewashed the 50-over games 3-0.

India Vs New Zealand Test Match Stats

As of today, India has locked horns with New Zealand in a bilateral Test series a total of 23 times. Of these, India has won a total of 12 series, whereas New Zealand has won 7 and 4 have ended in a draw.

The first India Vs New Zealand Test match was played in the year 1955, which ended in a draw.

The same series spanned 5 Test matches with India winning 2 matches and three matches ending in a draw.

Vinoo Mankad was the star of the show for India, scoring 536 runs, while New Zealand cricketer Bert Sutcliffe smashed 611 runs.

Despite the first IND vs NZ Test dating back to 1955, the rivalry gained traction only in recent times as a result of close contests between the two dynamic teams.

When it comes to Test matches, India has faced the Kiwis 62 times with the former registering wins in 22 games and the latter winning 13 times. The remaining 27 matches ended in a draw with none of them getting abandoned.

Ind vs NZ Test Records

Total Test Match India (Won) New Zealand (Won)



22 13


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Statistics also show that both teams have been dominant on their home turfs while finding touring difficult.

New Zealand, as a matter of fact, has never won a Test series in India after 12 tour visits.

India, on the other hand, has won a Test series in New Zealand twice in 10 tours, with the recent one coming in 2009 under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

India Vs New Zealand: Highest Score by a Player in a Test Match

For India: Vinoo Mankad holds the record for scoring the most runs in a Test match against New Zealand.

His 231 came in the 5th Test of the 1955/56 series when the Kiwis visited India. This match at Chennai saw the hosts beat the visitors by innings and 109 runs.

For New Zealand: In a drawn 2nd Test match in Wellington during the 2013/14 series, Brendon McCullum scored 302 runs wherein his team scored 680 runs against a relentless Indian bowling attack.

Captaining New Zealand, McCullum’s innings comprised 32 fours and 4 sixes.

India Vs New Zealand: Most Hundreds by a Player in Tests

For India – Rahul Dravid holds the record for scoring the most hundreds in India vs New Zealand rivalry. ‘The Wall’, as Dravid is most commonly referred as, has 6 hundreds to his name in 15 matches.

For New Zealand, Brendon McCullum has scored the most number of hundreds (4) against India.

India Vs New Zealand: Which Bowler Has Taken the Most Test Wickets?

For India – Ravichandran Ashwin fancies bowling against the New Zealanders, as he has achieved a fair amount of success against them.

In 9 Test matches against the opponent, Ashwin has claimed 66 scalps with 7/59 being his best bowling figure.

For New Zealand – Former cricketer Richard Hadlee tops the list with 65 wickets.

India Vs New Zealand ODI Head-to-Head Stats

In comparison to Tests, the overall statistics for both teams in One-Day Internationals is much closer to one another.

India and New Zealand have squared off against one another in 116 matches, including the recently concluded 3-match ODI series, which India won 3-0.

Overall, the Men in Blue have won 58 matches, whereas the Black Caps have won 50 matches. Seven matches drew no result, whereas one match ended in a tie.

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As stated, both teams perform well in their respective home conditions and the following stats are proof of it. India has won 29 matches at home, while New Zealand has won 26.

In away games, India has more wins (14) than New Zealand (8). At neutral venues, the Kiwis have won 16 games and the Asian giants have won 15.

Total ODI Match

India (Won) NZ (Won)                 Tied           No Result
116 58 50 1


Ind Vs NZ: Which Batter Has the Most Runs Between Two Teams in ODIs?

India’s batting master Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs for India against New Zealand.

In 42 matches against the opponent, Tendulkar has scored 1750 runs at an average of 46. Former New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor leads the chart for his country having scored 1385 runs against India.

Shubman Gill’s 208 is the highest score against New Zealand by an Indian batter, while Tom Latham’s 145* is the highest score by a New Zealand batter against India.

India Vs New Zealand: Highest Totals in an ODI Match

As far as scoring totals in ODIs go, India has dominated New Zealand, as the top three scores have been registered by them.

The highest score, however, is 392/4, which came in India’s away game in Christchurch in 2009.

The match witnessed Sachin Tendulkar thwart the bowling attack at his will, scoring a measured 163 runs off 133 deliveries.

Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, and Suresh Raina chipped in with above-par performances contributing towards the total.

New Zealand Vs India: Which Player Has the Most Number of Hundreds in ODIs?

Former India opening batter Virender Sehwag has scored the most number of ODI hundreds between players of both teams.

Sehwag scored a century on 6 occasions while smashing 1157 runs in all.

Meanwhile, Nathan Astle has 5 centuries and the most hundreds for a New Zealand batter against India.

India Vs New Zealand: Head-to-Head Record in T20 Matches

Like ODIs, IND Vs NZ T20 series numbers have been closer. In 23 matches contested between the two teams, India has won 12 games, whereas New Zealand has won 10; 1 match ended in a tie.

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The Men in Blue have a superior away record, having won 7 matches as compared to 4 matches won at home. The Kiwis have won both matches played at a neutral venue.

Total T20I Match

India (Won) New Zealand (Won)                 Tied          
24 13 10


India Vs New Zealand: Who Has Scored the Most Number of Runs in T20Is?

Rohit Sharma has scored the most runs for India against New Zealand. His tally of 511 runs is the highest amongst Indian batters against the Kiwis comprising 5 fifties at the strike rate of 141.

New Zealand’s Colin Munro has scored 426 runs against India and is the highest run-getter for the Kiwis against India in the shortest format.

India Vs New Zealand: What is the Highest Score in a T20 Match?

New Zealand registered the highest total in a T20I match against India when they posted 219/6 during a match in Wellington in 2019.

India Vs New Zealand: Which Player Has Hit the Most Number of Sixes in T20Is?

For India – Rohit Sharma tops this list with 27 sixes in 17 matches.

For New Zealand – Colin Munro has hit 24 sixes against India in 12 T20Is.

India Vs New Zealand: Which Bowler Has Claimed the Most Number of Scalps in T20Is?

Ish Sodhi is the leading wicket-taker for New Zealand in T20Is with 24 scalps against India. Jasprit Bumrah, with 12 wickets, has taken the most number of wickets for India against New Zealand in T20Is.

As for individual accomplishments, Deepak Hooda has the best bowling figures for India against New Zealand (4/10), whereas Mitchell Santner has bowled the best spell for New Zealand against India with 4/11.


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