India in New Zealand 2013-14

India need better hospitality, NZ seek home improvement

India have struggled to win away Tests recently; New Zealand have beaten only West Indies and Zimbabwe at home over the same period

Shiva Jayaraman

February 4, 2014

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Ross Taylor acknowledges the applause on reaching his maiden double-century, New Zealand v West Indies, 1st Test, Dunedin, 2nd day, December 4, 2013
Ross Taylor's 107 against India helped New Zealand escape with a draw the last time the teams played each other at the Basin Reserve. © Getty Images
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India have not won an away Test since June 2011 when they beat West Indies at Sabina Park, Jamaica. Their current sequence of 12 consecutive away Tests without a win is their worst since 1993-2001, when they went 22 away Tests without a win. The bigger concern for India, however, is that they have lost nine of these 12 Tests, putting them at the bottom of the win-loss ratio table in overseas Tests, along with Zimbabwe.

Their last tour to New Zealand was the first time in 40 years they won a Test series there, and their only Test win in that series, in Hamilton, was their first Test win in New Zealand in 30 years. Before that, India won a Test in New Zealand in 1975-76, in Auckland. Overall in the last 30 years, India's win-loss record in New Zealand is their second-worst, after their record in Australia.

India's records at the two venues for the Test series present contrasting pictures. India play their first Test at Eden Park, where they are yet to lose a Test from four matches and have had two of their five wins in New Zealand. At the Basin Reserve, their record is poor: they have lost four of the six Tests that they have played at this venue, and have won only one. India won way back in 1967-68 in the third Test of their first away series against New Zealand. The hosts' win-loss ratio of 4 against India at the Basin Reserve is their best among teams that have played more than two Tests at this venue.

New Zealand have hosted the highest percentage of draws in Tests in recent times. In 12 Tests that have been played here since 2011, seven have ended in draws. This is the most draws played out in any country during this period. New Zealand have won only three of these 12 Tests, two in the recent series against West Indies and one against Zimbabwe in January 2011. Over the same period, Bangladesh are the only team to have done worse in terms of winning Tests at home. However, five of the seven draws have come against the top Test teams: three against South Africa - the strongest touring side in the recent years - and three against England.

New Zealand against India at Basin Reserve and Eden Park
Venue Mat Won Lost Draw W/L
Basin Reserve, Wellington 6 4 1 1 4.0
Eden Park, Auckland 4 0 2 2 0.0

New Zealand's batsmen have played a significant part in their holding better ranked teams to draws in Tests at home in the last couple of years. Their top-order batsmen (Nos 1 to No. 7) average 43.44 in Tests at home since January 2012, with 10 hundreds in as many Tests. Only South Africa's top order has done better in New Zealand, averaging 48.73 from three Tests. Ross Taylor has been one of the leading batsmen in Tests in the last year or so. He has scored 866 runs at 72.16 including three hundreds and four half-centuries in 17 innings since January 2013. In home Tests against India, Taylor has hit 327 runs at 64.40 with two centuries. One of those hundreds was in the second innings of India's last Test in Wellington, which denied India their second Test win of the tour. Jesse Ryder, who has been selected as back-up for Taylor for the series, has done well too, scoring 327 runs at 65.40 against India in Tests at home, including a career-best 201 in Napier in 2008-09.

New Zealand batsman against India at home
Batsman Inns Runs HS Ave 100/50
Jesse Ryder 5 327 201 65.40 2/0
Ross Taylor 5 322 151 64.40 2/0
Brednon McCullum 5 232 115 46.40 1/1

Taylor has played only one Test in Auckland, scoring 22 against England last year, but his record at the Basin Reserve is good. He has scored 748 runs at 62.33 including two hundreds and five half-centuries. Brendon McCullum and Peter Fulton are the other top run-scorers at the venues of this Test series, with Fulton scoring 291 at 72.75 in two Tests at Eden Park, including two hundreds in a Test against England the last time he played at the venue.

New Zealand batsmen at Eden Park and Basin Reserve
Batsman Inns Runs HS Ave 100/50
Brendon McCullum 29 915 104 32.67 1/6
Ross Taylor 16 770 129 55.00 2/5
Peter Fulton 11 453 136 41.18 2/1
Kane Williamson 9 411 102* 58.71 1/2
BJ Watling 6 197 65 32.83 0/2
Hamish Rutherford 5 86 37 17.20 0/0

Among India's current top-order batsmen, only MS Dhoni has played in Tests in New Zealand before this tour. He has hit 155 runs at 77.50 with two fifties in two Tests. The next-highest run-scorer for India from the current team is Zaheer Khan with 138 runs from five matches. Zaheer has made more significant contributions with the ball in New Zealand, taking 24 wickets from five Tests at 22.95 - his second-best bowling average in a country, after Zimbabwe. He has taken three of his seven overseas five-wicket hauls in Test in New Zealand, with two of them coming at the Basin Reserve. Ishant Sharma is the only other bowler in the India squad to have bowled in Tests in New Zealand, taking eight wickets at 41.75 from three Tests.

Given how India's batsmen largely struggled against New Zealand's fast bowlers in the recent ODI series, the bowlers are expected to come hard at the India batsman in conditions that have been helpful to fast bowlers. As expected, fast bowlers have tasted greater success at both the venues, but more so at the Basin Reserve where they average nearly 10 runs fewer than the spinners. The hosts will be banking on their fast bowlers - who bowled exceedingly well in the recent series against West Indies, taking 54 of the 60 wickets to fall - to improve their win-loss record at home, even as India look to end their winless streak in away Tests.

Pace v Spin at Eden Park and Basin Reserve, since 2004
Bowler Type Mat Wkt Ave SR BBI BBM 5w/10w
Eden Park, Auckland
Pace 4 104 33.30 64.9 6/68 11/180 6/1
Spin 4 28 38.03 82.8 4/44 7/140 0/0
Basin Reserve, Wellington
Pace 14 342 29.58 54.7 6/23 10/80 17/1
Spin 14 87 39.29 86.0 7/130 10/118 2/2

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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Posted by sk123 on (February 5, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

@Jordanmacmillan88 - So, are the pitches in India flat or spinner friendly? They can't be both at the same time ;) ... Let's just say that most Indian batsmen are bad against bouncy pacers and most batsmen from other countries can't play spin. Both spin and pace are a big part of the game so you can't measure the success against each with a different yardstick only because it seems to fit your conclusion. Every nation is a lion in their own den and Eng was in 1st back to back Ashes tour, Australia in the 2nd - so is India, and now NZ. Chill out and enjoy the different aspects of the game.

Posted by sk123 on (February 5, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

@rizwan - Even though I'm not in favor of the BIG3 set up in ICC, I still can't stop myself from responding to your illogical statement. The fact that India is a BILLION people gives it that might where it can dictate terms in ICC. The money in the game comes from the sponsors and the sponsors sell their products to "people", which makes the nation with the biggest following THE place where these companies will want to sell. If Pepsi doesn't have a billion people watching their ads during cricket games, they won't pump in a billion dollars towards that game. Now, if you think that defies logic, there's only one person who is delusional here.

Posted by WhoIsSachin_lol on (February 5, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

@modernumpire. ya, joking right mate. nz out performs india, in soccer and most other sports. even the sports u mentioned, india has done okay. india is inept in basketball, rugby, league, soccer etc. always the spectator ay. kiwis way better. only 4.5 too :)

Posted by anoop3301 on (February 5, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

@ Jordanmacmillan88: Your comparison doesn't make much sense. First of all, half of the one billion indians are worried about from where the next meal is going to come from. At least 90% of Indians do not have any access to the expensive training facilities which every Kiwi can afford to enjoy. Despite all these, we have managed to win 3 world cups where as the Kiwis haven't even tasted the finals yet. Now, that is some example of being over-rated. India as a cricket team definitely needs to improve its overseas performances but that doesn't mean some strange logic can be used ridiculously. After all, New Zealand's overseas performance through out its history is a hell lot poorer than India.

Posted by ModernUmpiresPlz on (February 5, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

@Jordanmacmillan88 Just to be fair here, India do actually do well at sports that aren't cricket, they just don't happen to be the same sports that NZers would care about at all. Hockey, badminton, shooting for example. Just wanted to broaden that horizon a tad. Not to mention that the opportunity available to the average New Zealander is much greater than the average Indian, as well as facilities on offer etc.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

Stats showing that India will not take 20 wickets in Away tests. A hard fact for us but it is true.

Posted by rizwan1981 on (February 5, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

I truly admire the Kiwis - with a population of 3 million , they have the best Rugby team in the world . Also , their Rowing team is fantastic with the Gold Medal winning Pair unbeaten for years.Both Rugby and Rowing are sports that are popular in Europe and North America unlike Cricket which has only 10 nations in the Club.

Therefore, Indian fans should view the success of the team in context and be humble of their achievements.

Posted by Peter_Jones2014 on (February 5, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

Just shows, how flawed the ICC ranking system is. India deserves to be placed at no.8, not 2.

Posted by WhoIsSachin_lol on (February 5, 2014, 10:49 GMT)

India is a overrated side. Their loud fans fail to realize, how pathetic this team really is, despite occasional brilliance. NZ is a small country, and Cricket is not even our 3rd most followed sport. Yet, we can punch above our weight and beat India, which only plays one sport decently, despite having the 2nd largest population in the world. I mean, we won more medals than India, at the last Olympics. Proud of the Kiwi lads.

Posted by WhoIsSachin_lol on (February 5, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

India has always been a minnow side, in away matches. They have yet to win test series in Aussie, SA etc, where non-flat pitches makes life tough for them. A clear example is the tour of SA, where they were humiliated. They failed to win a single match, despite choosing grounds where the Saffas had poor records and pitches similar to India. India is able to win matches at home, because they prepare pitches to suit their batsman's and spinners, leaving their fast bowlers in the lurch. But at the end of the day, a nation of a billion, which only plays a single sport successfully, shouldn't struggle to win matches home or away consistently. India is very much ordinary. Go Kiwis lads

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