World Test Championship is all that cricket fans can think about nowadays and in the heat of the approaching competition, we sure find ourselves reminiscing about the players that could have given us huge scores.
India is all set to face New Zealand in the World Test Championship. Both the teams will be facing each other after the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup which took place 2 years ago. Back in 2019, India had defeated every opponent except for England and reached the semi-final only to be left inches away from the dream becoming true. New Zealand won over India by 18 runs and the Indian team was left heartbroken. WTC final is the opportunity for India to avenge that loss. The first-ever World Test Championship is upon us and both the teams would want to etch their name in history.
India’s top five batsmen against New Zealand. The existing teams are great and the fans trust them completely but there is nothing wrong in wondering what could have been. So, here we are, bringing you India’s top five leading Test run-scorers against New Zealand.
Rahul Dravid has always been a favorite of fans and cricket experts. The legendary batsman has played 15 Tests in his career and has scored 1659 runs. This score includes 6 centuries and the same number of half-centuries. Dravid has been an amazing run-scorer for India, especially against New Zealand.
Dravid’s first Test match against New Zealand was in 1997 and his very first match was enough to give the kiwis a taste of what they were going to face. Dravid became the third Indian batsman to score a century in both innings of a test match. This great start was followed by a splendid 144 two years later in Mohali. 2002 did not bring good news or good performance for Dravid and he could score only 1 half-century in the four innings in New Zealand but this does not mean that player had lost the spark. Rahul Dravid hit a double century in the following year in Ahemdabad.
Dravid also managed to balance that 1 half-century hit in 2002 with the four fifties in 2009 in three Test matches. 2010 again brought a shower of runs for Dravid and disappointment for New Zealand as the Indian batsman hit 2 centuries in three Tests.
Sachin ‘Master Blaster’Tendulkar is next on the list and how could he not be. He has reshaped cricket for an entire generation and had laid down an example for so many young cricketers who aspire to play like him one day. Tendulkar has played 24 Test matches in his Test career and scored 1595 runs. 4 centuries and 8 half-centuries make up this impressive score.
Sachin faced New Zealand in 1990 for the first time and had to return from Napier without a century. Sachin could not score a 100 in the following matches too which add up to 7 tests against New Zealand. Finally, he could break this jink in 1997.
1999 match in Mohali brought good news for Tendulkar too who scored 126 and stayed not out and then followed this achievement with his maiden Test double ton in Ahemdabad. 2002 proved to be a tough year for Indian batsmen in New Zealand and so it was for Tendulkar too. This bad phase did not leave Tendulkar in the home series too where 55 was the best that he could score.
But great players never stop trying and winning. 2009 brought that win for Tendulkar. He scored 160 in Hamilton, 64 in Napier, and 62 in Wellington. Though Tendulkar could not create the same magic in his last 2 Test series by this he had accumulated enough runs to gain him a place in the list of all-time best players.
2002 when Dravid and Tendulkar had already established themselves in the world of cricket and against Ne Zealand in particular, another legendary player made his debut against Kiwis. It was Virendra Sehwag he is India’s top five batsmen against New Zealand. During his first Test series against New Zealand, he could not do much or we should say that it was nothing as he scored only 40 runs in four innings. But after 10 months Sehwag scored his first century against New Zealand and also helped India win the series.
During the 2009 Test series against New Zealand, Sehwag did not score even a half-century, his best being 48 runs in Wellington. Though this did not stop India from winning the series by 1-0.
But Sehwag’s best was yet to come. He smashed a whooping 398 in three-match series in 2010. He scored 173, 96, 54, and 74 in consecutive matches and remained invincible in 2 innings. 2012 did not bring the same feat for Sehwag and he had to content himself with 47, 43, 38 in two test matches.
Sehwag has played 12 Test matches in his career and scored 812 runs with 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries.
10 Test matches and 812 runs in his kitty. Yes, we are talking about VVS Laxman. 6 50s and 2 100s contribute to his total of 812 runs that he accumulated in his Test career. Laxman did not do great in Wellington but he compensated for that in the home series in 2003. He smashed 2 half-centuries and one century in 2 test-Test series. India’s top five batsmen against New Zealand.
He maintained the same splendid form during the 2009 tour which resulted in 124 and 76 in Napier and another half-century in the third match. Laxman became one of the contributing factors that helped India win the series 1-0. He kept scoring runs. 40, 91, 74, there was no stopping Laxman. The board and the team wanted to rely on his expertise once again in 2012 but he announced his retirement just days before the series started.
Azharuddin played 12 Test matches and collected 796 runs with three 50s and two 100s but the start against Kiwis wasn’t smooth for this player. His first Test against New Zealand was a mixed bag. It happened back in 1988 where he managed to score 153 runs playing three test matches. But 2 years later he showed the world what he was there for. He scores a magnificent 192 which is considered the best that any individual Indian player could score overseas. Azharuddin could not display the same finesse in the 1995-96 series where he could score only 122 in three Tests.