India will take on New Zealand in a five-match ODIs series starting January 23, Wednesday at Napier and finishing with three-match T20Is starting at Wellington on February 6.
India will take on New Zealand in a five-match ODIs series starting January 23, Wednesday at Napier and finishing with three-match T20Is starting at Wellington on February 6.

India are in New Zealand for their limited-overs tour consisting a five-match ODI series starting January 23, Wednesday at Napier and a three-match T20I starting at Wellington on February 6. This would be India’s eighth trip to New Zealand for a bilateral limited-overs series. 

Here’s a look back at what India have done during their past visits to New Zealand as part of a bilateral series: 

India have played a total of 30 matches in New Zealand (in a bilateral series) last of which came in 2014, winning nine of those encounters and losing 18 matches. One match was tied while two ended in no-results.

Those 30 matches are split between seven bilateral series with India winning just one – in 2009 – and losing four. Two series were drawn.

India’s first series in New Zealand was in 1976 – a two-matches series – and were blank 0-2, losing the 1st ODI by nine wickets and the second by 80 runs. Dilip Vengsarkar, Syed Kirmani and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar made their ODI debuts in that series.

In their next series, India again went down 0-2 in 1981 – by 78 runs in the first ODI and 57 runs in the second.

It took India another 13 years to tour New Zealand for a bilateral series in 1994 for a four-match series which they managed to draw 2-2. New Zealand won the first match by 28 runs but India claimed their first ODI win in New Zealand in a bilateral series beating New Zealand by seven wickets and 160 balls remaining in Auckland.

Sachin Tendulkar was the Man-of-the-Match scoring 82 off just 49 balls on a very tough Eden Park track that saw New Zealand bundled out for 142. Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath and Salil Ankola picked two wickets each, while Rajesh Chauhan returned 3/43.

India proceeded to take the lead in the 3rd ODI at Wellington with Anil Kumble’s 5/33 restricting New Zealand to 243/9, in chase of India’s 255/5. But New Zealand drew the series with a six-wicket win in the fourth ODI at Christchurch.

In 1999, in a five-match series, honours were shared again with the series ending 2-2 with the third ODI ending in no-result. Rahul Dravid finished the series as the highest-run getter among the two teams with 309 runs in five matches at an average of 77.25. Srinath was the highest wicket-taker in the series with nine scalps at 20.77.

Three years later, India toured New Zealand for a seven-match series but managed to win just two matches and losing five, thus conceding the series. It was a low-scoring affair with India getting bowled out for 108, 108, 122, 122 in the four matches they batted first. Thay series saw the debut of a very green Parthiv Patel.

But, Virender Sehwag was the highest run-getter of the series with 299 runs in seven matches at 42.71 and Srinath once again returned with the best haul in terms of wickets with 18 in seven matches at 11.16.

Then came the historic series in 2009 in which India claimed their first-ever bilateral ODI series win against New Zealand in New Zealand with 3-1 win in the five-match series.

Rain played its part throughout the series with India claiming wins in the 1st ODI (53 runs – D/L Method), 3rd ODI (58 runs) and 4th ODI (84 runs D/L method). New Zealand got a consolation win in the final ODI at Auckland while the 2nd ODI was abandoned.

Sehwag once again was the highest run-getter of the series with 299 runs – this time in five matches – at 74.75 while Tendulkar scored 244 runs in three matches at 122.00. The highest wicket-takers list was dominated by Indian bowlers with Harbhajan Singh picking the maximum five at 29.60. Yuvraj Singh, Praveen Kumar and Zaheer Khan claimed four each.

In 2014, New Zealand returned the favour in kind claiming the five-match series 4-0, with one match ending in a tie. The series saw the debut of Stuart Binny. New Zealand dominated the series winning the first two ODIs and the last two. In the tied match – 3rd ODI – Ravindra Jadeja walked away with the Man-of-the-Match for his 45-ball unbeaten 66 down the order in chase of  314. Needing 18 runs to win off the final over bowled by Corey Anderson, Jadeja got two fours and a six as India scored 17 to tie the match.