Top 5 highest wicket-takers for New Zealand against India
Bowlers win test matches and test series. The forthcoming WTC final will be a tussle between two top-class bowling attacks and it remains to be seen which group comes out on the top.
Meanwhile, let us go through Top 5 highest wicket-takers for New Zealand against India-
Richard Hadlee is, without doubt, New Zealand’s all-time greatest bowler and one of the world’s greatest fast bowling legends with 431 wickets in just 86 tests. He is still the highest wicket-taker in New Zealand v India test match contests with 65 wickets in 14 tests at 22 average and an outstanding 47 strike rate between 1976 to 1990. His best bowling figures against India was 7/23. His skilful fast bowling at times proved too much for even the greatest of Indian batsmen.
He is the 2nd highest wicket-taker with 40 wickets in 15 tests between 1998-2010. However, he had a very high strike rate of 106 and an average of 48 which proves that he has not troubled the Indians much who were great against spin.
Besides Richard Hadlee, Tim Southee has been the most successful Kiwi against the Indians with 39 wickets in 8 tests at 24 average and a very impressive 43 strike rate. His best was 7/64. Southee has troubled the Indians with his length and ball swinging skills.
Southee’s partner in crime, Trent Boult also has an impressive record against India having taken 36 wickets in 9 tests with 29 average and 54 strike rate during the period of 2012-20. His left-arm angle has troubled the Indians in the past and he will look to repeat that in the WTC final.
The New Zealand off-spinner during the mid-sixties has a decent record vs India between 1965-69. He took 29 wickets in 8 tests with 23 average and 49 strike rate. He is number 5 on the list .