Just ahead of the series, it would be interesting to know Indian record in New Zealand in ODIs. As the Indian squad prepares itself to continue their good run in 2019 and extend it to New Zealand, the side knows that the challenge in front of them is a daunting one. They are travelling to a country where they have a tainted record in one-day international matches, having won just the solitary ODI series on New Zealand side in all their years of visiting the country. With a win and loss figure of 0.56 in New Zealand, India’s worst in any country in the 50 over the format of the game, the reading doesn’t make for a pleasant one ahead of India’s series opener on 23rd January.
However, this Indian side is one that in unperturbed by records. They came good in Australia, conquering a sojourn that had in 71 years not been managed by any Indian side by winning a test series in the country. Not only that, they showed that they are hungry for success and not willing to rest on their laurels, churning out a marauding performance in the ODI series as well to become the first side from the country to defeat Australia in an ODI series in Australia.
And it is this grit, determination and the will and gustiness to overcome any hurdle in their way to become the best side in the world that gives us immense hope from this current Indian set up ahead of their 5 match ODI series against New Zealand. Ahead of what is absolutely certain to be a riveting series, we take a look at the best series between the two nations and the Indian record in New Zealand in ODIs.
India had been completely dominated in every single of their four matches across their first two tours, in 1975-76 and 1980-81. Losing all their matches in the country during this period, the country had to wait a long 10 years before they could finally write their name in front of the winning side in an ODI in the country.
1990-91 – Kapil Dev ran up, hurled a full ball and the ball collected the stump to result in India’s first win in 7 attempts on New Zealand soil.
India’s next win in the country came in the 1992 world cup in extremely cold and harsh weather conditions. Having conceded matches to West Indies and New Zealand previously, India finally got their first win of the tournament when Zimbabwe who needed 100 from 77 balls with nine wickets in hand ended up on the losing side with incessant rain lashing the ground to give India a win.
However, it was apparent from the debacle in the world cup that New Zealand wasn’t a country which India liked visiting. The 1992-93 ODI series in the country looked to be no different with India losing the first match of their series to go down 1-0 and take their record in the country to 2 wins and 10 defeats in 12 matches in New Zealand.
However, the Indians had decided that it was time to finally banish a record that embarrassing in its figures. Bowling New Zealand out for 142 in the second ODI, India played not only a fearless but extremely impressive brand of cricket to successfully chase down the target and level the series at 1-1.
What followed though was extremely compelling with the Indian side building on that win to go on and win the third ODI as well. With two victories on the bounce, they took an unprecedented 2-1 lead in the series before eventually losing in the fourth match to go back home, having drawn a series for the first time ever in New Zealand.
The 1998-99 series was the same with India once again delivering the goods when it mattered to end up with a drawn series at 2-2. However, just when it seemed India had started understanding New Zealand, its conditions and its extremely feisty and non-negotiable stinging wickets, the 2002-03 tour resulted in a major fiasco for them.
The Indian batsmen played all over the New Zealand pitches, falling victims to the hosts’ pacers as they failed to get ball-on-ball throughout the series. The seven matches saw India catapult significantly with the bat, coming under huge flake for their showing with the bat which had seen them register scores of 108, 219, 108, 122, 169/8, 200/9, and 122 in the seven matches, which averages to 15.64 per wicket.
Despite the shoddy and sloppy showing with the bat, that series will be remembered for the way Virender Sehwag established himself as one of the finest batsmen in the world. In conditions where wickets fell in front of him like a house of cards, Sehwag stood firm and resolute in his goal of taking his side to fight totals. He slammed 2 fascinating centuries in that series to help his side win two matches out of seven, scoring an astounding 299 runs in the series.
Sehwag went onto further make his name in New Zealand to emerge as the highest run-getter for India New Zealand with a whopping 1157 runs in 23 total innings against New Zealand, a record that Virat Kohli can overtake if he gets 4 more runs in this series.
India finally went onto win their first ever series in the country in 2008-09 when the batting performance, led by Virender Sehwag completely transformed India’s approach to New Zealand. They scored at a staggering run rate of over 7 in the first four matches with Virender Sehwag smashing 125 off 74 balls in the fourth ODI.
That was, unfortunately, the first and only time the country could ever win in New Zealand and 11 years later, the wait continues for the country. It’s one though that Kohli and company can help realise, such is the flawlessness with which they have dominated sides recently.
Indian record in New Zealand in ODIs – Head to Head