New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, Wellington, 4th day

McCullum stands tall on a day of tumbling records

Stats highlights from the fourth day of the Wellington Test between New Zealand and India

Shiva Jayaraman

February 17, 2014

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Brendon McCullum scored his second double-century of the series, New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, 4th day, Wellington, February 17, 2014
Brendon McCullum is only the second New Zealand batsman with three scores of 200 or more, after Stephen Fleming. © Getty Images

  • Brendon McCullum is only 19 runs away from the first triple-hundred in Tests by a New Zealand batsman. His current score of 281 is the second highest by a New Zealand batsman in Tests. Martin Crowe holds the record for the highest Test score for the team - 299 against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in 1990-91.

  • McCullum's score is the fourth-highest by a batsman in the second innings. Should he score a triple-century, he will be only the second batsman to do so in the second innings. Only Hanif Mohammad has scored a triple-century in the second innings, against West Indies in Bridgetown, way back in 1957-58. There have been only eight other scores of 250 or more in the second innings. Crowe is the only other New Zealand batsman in this list.

  • This is McCullum's third score of 200 or more in Tests and all of them have come against India. He has become only the second New Zealand batsman with three scores of 200 or more. Stephen Fleming is the other, with three scores of 200-plus. McCullum has scored 1203 runs at 70.76 against India from ten Tests.

  • McCullum has faced 525 deliveries in his marathon innings. This is now the most deliveries faced in an innings by a batsman in Tests in New Zealand, beating the 524 balls faced by England's Clive Radley against the hosts at the Eden Park in 1977-78.

  • McCullum's innings has lasted approximately 727 minutes, which is the longest any New Zealand batsman has batted, beating the 704 minutes that Glenn Turner batted for, against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1971-72. This is also the longest a batsman has batted in Tests in New Zealand, beating Shoaib Mohammad's 720 minute-long vigil at the crease at the same venue in 1988-89. Click here for a list of the longest innings in terms of time by batsmen in Tests.

  • McCullum has scored 514 runs already in this series - only the sixth instance of a batsman scoring 500 or more runs in a two-Test series. McCullum's tally is currently the fourth highest, the highest being Sanath Jayasuriya's 571 runs, also against India in this series.

  • McCullum has now scored the second-highest number of runs by a New Zealand captain in a Test series. He is 32 runs short of breaking John Reid's record, who scored 546 runs in a five-match series in South Africa in 1961-62. This is also the second instance of a New Zealand captain scoring 500 or more runs in a Test series.

  • This is also the fifth-highest runs scored by a captain in a three-Test (or less) series. Graham Gooch holds the record for scoring the most runs in such series - he scored 752 runs, also against India, in this series in 1990-91.

  • BJ Watling's third Test century was only the fourth hundred by a New Zealand No. 7 in the second innings. Watling fell just two runs short of the highest score by a New Zealand No. 7 in the second innings - 126 by Chris Cairns against India in Hamilton in 1998-99. Watling also completed 1000 Test runs during his innings. He now has 1092 runs at 35.22 from 21 Tests.

  • Watling's 124 is the second hundred and the highest score by a New Zealand wicketkeeper in the second innings. McCullum is the only other wicketkeeper for them to hit a hundred in the second innings.

  • McCullum and Watling's partnership of 352 runs is the highest for the sixth wicket in Tests, beating the 351-run partnership between Mahela Jayawardene and Prasanna Jayawardene against India in Ahmedabad in 2009.

  • This partnership was the fourth highest for any wicket to come in the second innings of a team. The highest partnership also came at the same venue between Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones when they added 467 runs for the third wicket against Sri Lanka in 1991.

  • New Zealand's sixth and seventh wickets have added 477 runs in this innings - this is the highest added by the two wickets in an innings in Tests. The previous highest added by the sixth and seventh wickets in an innings was 414 runs by Australia in this Test way back in 1936-37.

  • The total of 474 runs scored by New Zealand's No. 5 to No. 8 in this innings is the highest in an innings by four batsmen batting at these positions. The previous highest was also against India, when Carl Hooper (136), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (136), Ridley Jacobs (118) and Mervyn Dillon (43) together scored 433 in this Test in 2002.

  • In the last Test, New Zealand scored 503 and 105, registering a deficit of 398 runs between their innings - their second-highest such deficit in Tests. They are quite close to overhauling that deficit in the ongoing Test. The current difference between their first innings and second innings scores is 372, which is the second-highest difference between their two innings with a higher second-innings score.

  • New Zealand's lead of 325 runs is already the highest a team batting first has managed after trailing by 200 or more after the first innings. The previous-highest such lead was also by New Zealand, at the same venue, against Sri Lanka in 1990-91, when they led by 323 runs.

  • New Zealand's lead is well past the highest a team has scored in the fourth innings to win a Test at the Basin Reserve - 277 by Pakistan against the hosts in 2003-04. However, India will not be asking for too much should they hope to salvage a draw from this Test. The previous 18 instances of a team batting second taking a lead of 200 or more in the first innings, only to concede a similar lead when the opposition has batted again, have all ended in a draw.

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Posted by mdsalikalam on (February 18, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

dhoni must quit captainship. he should learn from macculum. bad year for india. india can only win in india

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 3:00 GMT)

ms dhoni is gud only for one day and t20

Posted by Venkatb on (February 17, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

McCullum is the latest of a long list of batsmen who have methodically massacred Indian bowling over the years and have their highest scores or batting averages against India. Add to that the statistic that in India's last 11 overseas Tests, only one Test lasted into a 5td day. India were routed by the opposition within 4 days in 10 Tests, one ended in a questionable draw, perhaps some compensation was accorded to CSA so that India can look credible. And India continues to shower money and titles to its players. Its Player of the Galaxy, Player of the Milky Way, etc. played in 8 of those Tests where India's reputation was reduced to tatters.

Posted by Aatif925 on (February 17, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

As a Pakistani fan of Indian batting, I'm really disappointed. It can be argued that whether or not this is the best 2nd innings rearguard batting effort. But no way can we argue with the fact that it is the worst 2nd innings bowling effort in the history of Test cricket. Seriously, India should give nationality to some Sri Lankan or even BD bowlers - as they'd not to any Pakistani due to political tensions between the two countries - if they really want to perform better outside India. Current Indian bowling is a disgrace to the great sport.

Posted by RoBoBobster on (February 17, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

India has an agressive lineup so it is hard to get to a safe score. Tempted to say NZ should look for 400 lead with 80 overs to bowl, and if they lose an early wicket just bat time for at least 20 overs. not only does it win NZ the series but records are tmbling, and it would be tragic if Mccullum and Watlings efforts go in vein. Good chance for the Neesh to get 100 on debut aswell - why declare earlier with a win fairly unlikely and a loss easily possible on a flat deck. Onlt thing is bowlers will be rested and Indians exhausted

Posted by sudhindranath on (February 17, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

Notice that many of the batting records (for NZ or other countries) seem to have happened when the bowlers are from India?! :-)

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

most of records cited in this page are against India

Posted by Muzahir1 on (February 17, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Dear Brendon, First of all congrat. to reach triple century tomorrow but astute leadership is judging the situation well and do according to merits and the situation, good luck from a Sri Lankan in Saudi Arabia. Bear in mind please do not declare and ensure you have additional 50 to 75 runs under your belt till lunch time and then go for it. Think the recent experience where Sri lanka lost to Pakistan in Dubai/sharjah as rather than drawing the series or go for 2-0 win it will be safe to beat the talkative and rubbish Indian captain Dhoni. You can see he has lots of talk without action and they were tigers only in Indian condition. Even when they come to Sri lanka they will lose to our Development Team. So Good Luck New Zealand for a series win. Abdul Muzahir from Saudi Arabia

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

It is marvelous to see McCullum scoring almost triple centuries in the Second Innings. After Hanif Mohammed of Pakistan who scored triple century against West Indies in 1957 58 series which I heard over Radio when I was young. Every session Hanif was batting and West Indies with battalions of efficient fast bowlers who were top class in those days struggled hard to remove Hanif. The match was at Barbados. Similar situation in New Zealand against McCullum. India with all its resources have to win the match are dying hard to bundle out the New Zealanders in the second Innings. Very Pathetic for India. The match is turned out to be facing defeat for India. God only can save India

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

great indian bowling againsta n ordinary Kiwi test batting line up....bravo Mccullum for pulling on a VVS..hope they go for a win rather than his records quickfire 20 then declare....

Posted by Iyer_Brain on (February 17, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

Dhoni got a great test team handed over to him in a Platter by Ganguly... he just travelled along with that great team and got all the records in his belt, without building a team like Ganguly did. Now, you can see there is nothing he can do to win a Test match, 5 Series Drubbings in a Row!!! Thanks to Dhoni, the next Captain has to pretty much build a team 'from the scratch'... All Dhoni's fans (of his captaincy), please stand up on the bench....

Posted by Nampally on (February 17, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Mr. Jayaraman, Surely the first record in this test match should be the record in Captaincy blunders by Dhoni. This match was inside India's pockets. Only the poor leadership of Dhoni aided by dropped catches changed victory chants into a possible defeat on Day 5! How can a team lose the match from 94 for 5 to end up day 4 @ 571 for 6. Dhoni has demonstrated to the World for the second time overseas- once in SA & once in NZ - how to turn a winnable Test match into sure defeat. To me most baffling point is how the Indian Selectors keep persisting with such a poor Captain who does not have the basic Leadership skills? Surely Dhoni's ability of turning the imminent victories into Defeats is the first on record setting event in this Test match!

Posted by Where_Art_Thou_Test_Cricket on (February 17, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

Statsguru...please add in this special stats section

Under whose captaincy has the opposition tumbled most records in test cricket? Oh, we know the answer to that one, don't we? MS Dhoni of course

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (February 17, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

1 of the Greatest captain knocks ever in the history of Test matches

Posted by Dysan25 on (February 17, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

when you see someone score 250+ it would usually mean that all 11 players (whether they are effective or not) would have tried a hand at picking his wicket .. doesn't look like that's the case here .. Dhoni could have tried 3-4 part-timers for 15-20 overs at a stretch .. that might not have fetched a wicket, but would have atleast changed the situation a bit .. losing a lone wicket for a whole day after being 5 down and staring at defeat takes a fierce combination of skill and perseverance with a pinch of luck .. all of which NZ had today .. great fightback .. not sure where the Indian team ends up from here .. but NZ's way seems to be pretty clear ..

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

waooo very well done B McCullum gogo

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

Most 200s vs India: 3 - R Ponting / B McCullum 2 - Z Abbas / M Jayawardene / M Clarke 1 each for 39 others.

Most 200s vs a particular opposition: Bradman - 8 vs Eng Hammond - 4 vs Aus S Gavaskar - 3 vs WI Lara - 3 vs Aus Atapattu - 3 vs Zim Sangakkara - 3 vs Bang Sehwag - 3 vs Pak B McCullum / Ponting - 3 vs Ind

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

On beating the Aussie record from 1936-7: I assume there must have been a rain affected pitch: Bradman was batting 7, which helped 9especially since he scored 270!).

Posted by andhrariders on (February 17, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

this shows how worst our indian bowlers perform,mccullum is an average batsmen with 8 centuries out of 83 matches out of those he scored four centuries aganist indians i am not criticizing any one but its the frustration of an average indian fan, out 121 crores in indian population there is no genuine bowler who can rattle the batsmen around the world

Posted by kcr_ on (February 17, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

@Proudindianyouth, so he could not even get to 500, not sure what your point is.. as you said, he missed out.

Posted by Salman_Shakeel84 on (February 17, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

Need to beat world records in Batting?

Call Indian Bowlers :)

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

In my opinion the Toss made the difference. Had Mac won the toss he would have inserted India to bat and India would have the same fate in the first day. After that the pitch has become dead both the team have amassed more than 900 + runs in 3 days. It is nobody's fault. I hope India will definitely draw the Test tomorrow. At the present situation winning a draw is a great achievement.

Posted by Akhter786 on (February 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

Agreed that Indian Bowling is no where near to that of Aussies but so is New Zealand batting when compared to South Africa. Too pity too embarrassing and too humiliating for them that they couldnot even put quarter as this rearguard from kiwi captain.

This is the funny game of cricket that it every now and then throws up surprises when least expected.

Posted by Proudindianyouth on (February 17, 2014, 10:47 GMT) @kcr_ The WORLD RECORD HOLDER for the most RUNS SCORED B/w dismissal SACHIN....497 runs....he just missed out 3 runs short for becoming the first batsman to score 500 in INTERNATIONAL CRICKET

Posted by Leggie on (February 17, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

Request to statisticians. Please start highlighting batting records vs India in the same vein as you would normally highlight it against Bangladesh / Zimbabwe / Kenya / Ireland etc..

Posted by kcr_ on (February 17, 2014, 10:33 GMT), nope he never scored a 250 in test match cricket..

Posted by regofpicton on (February 17, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

Dear Nicevans - I've already tried a couple of time to offer my congrats to McCullum - he has shown us all what he is capable of - but not all my posts escape the filter. Of course, there is a downside, in that he has in the past shown it all too seldom. That has been the basis of my criticisms of his batting, and as i have said previously, I think it is my use of his FIGURES that has got so far up your nose. But if he can sustain this form I would be absolutely delighted. For one thing, it might lead him to a more considered and less impulsive style of captaincy.

But I tell you what - if i had been Dhoni i would have given McCullum his 300 just before stumps today, even if I had to bowl long hops at him for the last hour - and I would have turned up tomorrow expecting to be batting, with a chance to score 400 on the day for the win and to draw the series. Impossible you say? Well, better fasten your seat-belts . . .

Posted by drnaveed on (February 17, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

@ kcr_ ; agreed with him. majority of the batting records are scored against the indian bowling attack, ever since their existence in test cricket erena, as shown by the figures above .this shows their chronic ability to take 20 wickets in abroad series.

Posted by Romanticstud on (February 17, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

Pity the SA team couldn't have put up a similar performance ...

Posted by on (February 17, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

Does sachin tendulkar has any one innings like this of his 300+ inings in test match cricket. ???

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

McCullam should declare after reaching his 300 mark, to clinch the series.

Posted by kcr_ on (February 17, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

Seems 99% of worldwide batting records have been recorded against indian bowling.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

So, pretty much, all the batting records are made against India!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

It would be nice to see McCullum have an attempt at Lara's world record test score. Even though Lara was the best batsman of his generation and it would be sad to see him loose that pinnacle off batting, it would represent a changing of the guard. Cricket's finest stroke player being usurped by a gritty, slashing, fireplug of batsman.

In spite of this India have continued to bowl well, but the NZ batsmen have been more than equal to the task. What a superb test match.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

Very Good records summary. Wel done

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

Macalum Was already my favorite batsman and his todays batting made it clear to everybody

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

Please give a copy of this to MSD let him memorise this and come out tomorrow for batting and losing this match.

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