India’s best 5 run-getters vs New Zealand tests
As a build-up to the World test Championships final between New Zealand v India we look at some of India’s best batsmen against New Zealand in tests. Both teams used to play very few tests between themselves in their cricket history up to the 1980s .( they still do so now compared to other duels) However the number of tests gradually increased from the 1990s onwards. Hence in the list, we will not find players such as Gavaskars, Viswanaths or Vengsarkars all of whom played only a handful of tests compared to later generations.
India’s best 5 run-getters vs New Zealand tests. We look at the top 5 run-getters vs New Zealand:
Rahul Dravid :
Rahul Dravid has been the most prolific amongst thave most Indian batsmen against New Zealand and he scored heavily in New Zealand too. 1659 runs in 16 tests with 6 hundreds and 6 fifties are astonishing statistics with a 63 average.
Dravid scored twin hundreds in a test in New Zealand in 1997. He hit a double hundred at Ahmedabad in 2003 and rounded off with 2 big hundreds in his final test series against the kiwis in 2010.
Sachin Tendulkar is 2nd best after Dravid against New Zealand with 1595 runs in 24 tests with 4 hundreds and eight fifties at 46 average. He did well in New Zealand in 1997 and was in prolific form at home in the 1999 and 2003 series. His best in New Zealand was in the 2010 series with one hundred and two fifties.
Sehwag hit 883 runs in 12 tests vs New Zealand with 2 hundreds. And three fifties at 44 average and the lions share of his runs came in India. He struggled to get runs in New Zealand by his standards with not even a single 50. His best came in the 2010 series with one big hundred and 3 fifties.
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VVS scored 818 runs in 10 tests with 2 centuries and 3 fifties at 58 average. He started off inauspiciously with a pair in the 1997 series. His best series came in 2003 at home where he hit 1 century and 2 fifties. However, his most memorable performance came in the 2009 series in New Zealand with his 76 and 124 at Napier in that marathon effort with Gambhir to save the test.
With 796 runs in 12 tests with 2 hundreds and 3 fifties at an impressive 61 average. Azharuddin’s best performances came in New Zealand more. He scored a magnificent 192 in the 1990 series against Richard Hadlee full of dazzling strokes and it is considered as one of the finest test knocks by an Indian abroad. He scored another spectacular 100 in the 1997 test in New Zealand.