R Ashwin is five scalps away from overtaking Halva Jansin (417) to become India’s third tallest wicket taker in the test.
After playing numerous T20 matches, including the Indian Premier League, the T20 World Cup 2021, and the recently completed T20I series with New Zealand, the team India Players will return in whites against current World Test Champion Kiwi, who lost the ultimate test in England in June this year. Not being able to qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2021, new T20I captain Rohit Sharma led the team and began his term with a 3-0 series whitewash against Kiwi.
India, which lost three consecutive tests against the powerful Blackcaps, including the very important WTC final, wants to continue home domination in the longest format of the game. The runner-up in the WTC final won 13 test series in his home trot. The last time they lost the series was in 2012 when they opposed the English side of the inspirational Alastair Cook.
Since then, the team has won all 13 series in a row, including New Zealand’s 3-0 thrashing in 2016 five years ago. Even in the final home series with England in February this year, the Indian team bounced badly after losing the first test. Axar Patel and R. Ashwin won the Series 3-1 after causing havoc in spin bowling.
New Zealand, the first WTC cycle champion, wants to beat the jinx in the test in India, as he won his last test match in 1988. Kiwi was able to win two tests throughout its history in Indian soil. The last time they toured Asian countries in 2016, they were completely blank as the series ended 3-0 in favor of India. Test champions will want to prove that their WTC final victory is not a one-off event and that Kane Williamson and his side rarely go this time.
Meanwhile, important statistics and figures prior to the first test between India and New Zealand are:
Face to face: India has 60 tests with New Zealand, won 21 times and lost 13 and 26 clashes. At home, Team India has a big advantage over Kiwi as it has won 16 out of 34 times and lost only 2 times. 16 of those games ended in a draw. Speaking of the last three encounters, New Zealand has won all three, including the biggest test in June this year.
Five – R. Ashwin is five scalps away from being the third highest ticket gate in India in testing, overtaking Harbhajan Sigh (417).
1 – Ishant Sharma needs one wicket to outperform Zaheer Khan (311) and become India’s fifth tallest wicket taker in testing.
3 – Ajinkya Rahane needs 3 grabs to complete 100 catches in the test
6 – Cheteshwar Pujara requires 6 runs to reach 6500 in the test.
1 – Umesh Yadav will appear in his 50 if he playsNS test
86 – Shubman Gill is shy and has run 86 times to complete 500 runs in the test
303 – – Shreyas Iyer After becoming a full member of the Limited Overteam, he will make his debut in the test.He will be the 303rd player to represent India in the test
Four – Kyle Jamison is 4 wickets away from reaching 50 scalps in the test. With only eight tests so far, he can be the fastest in NZ’s 50 wickets in the test. Shane Bond currently holds a record of achieving it in 12 games.
2 – Kane Williamson needs 2 forces to reach 800 forces in the test.
Five – Henry Nichols needs a 4 of 5 to complete a 4 of 250 in the test.
Four – Tim Sauchy needs 4 grabs to complete 150 catches across the format
6 – Ross Taylor needs 6 catches to reach 350 catches across the format