Rohit Sharma © AFP
Rohit Sharma © AFP

49 grounds have hosted international matches in India. Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram will be the 50th. It will also be the 3rd international ground in the state of Kerala, after Nehru Stadium, Kochi and University Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram. With 23 venues, England is at 2nd spot, which means that no two countries have 50 grounds between them.

1 First-Class match hosted by Greenfield International Stadium. Kerala took on Jharkhand in the first round of this season’s Ranji Trophy, in October.

0.17 India’s win-loss ratio against New Zealand (1 win, 6 defeats), their worst against any country. Even if they win here it will improve to 0.33, which will remain their joint-worst.

35 runs needed by Martin Guptill to become the 3rd-highest scorer in T20I history. Guptill is currently behind Brendon McCullum (2,140), Virat Kohli (1,943), and Tillakaratne Dilshan (1,889). Of course, Kohli will play the match.

23 runs needed by Rohit Sharma to become the 2nd Indian to reach 1,500 T20I runs. Kohli was obviously the first.

1 wicket needed by Ish Sodhi to become the leading wicket-taker in India-New Zealand encounters. Sodhi is tied with Daniel Vettori.

27 runs needed by MS Dhoni (1,281 runs) to go past Suresh Raina (1,307) and secure 3rd spot among Indians in T20I in terms of runs. The top two are obviously Kohli and Rohit.

4 wickets needed by Tim Southee to reach the 50-wicket mark. He will become the 2nd New Zealander to do so, after Nathan McCullum (58 wickets).

3 wickets needed by Yuzvendra Chahal (14) to become the highest wicket-taker this year. The list is headed by Rashid Khan and Kesrick Williams (17 each). Jasprit Bumrah has 10 wickets. Trent Boult (10) leads the list for New Zealand.

3 catches needed by Ross Taylor (42 catches) to have most catches as a specialist fielder. Only AB de Villiers (44) has more.