New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum lead his side's charge from the front with an unbeaten knock of 143 as the Kiwis finished on 329/4 on Day 1 of the first Test at Auckland. (Scorecard | Highlights | Pics | Final Report)
This was McCullum's second Test as skipper of New Zealand. (Brendon McCullum leads Kiwis from the front in 1st Test)
# Brendon McCullum (143 not out) has posted his second hundred as captain - the first being 113 vs West Indies at Dunedin in December 2013.
# McCullum's aforesaid innings is the third highest by a New Zealander vs India at Eden Park - the highest being 173 off 136 balls by Ian Smith in February 1990.
# McCullum's eighth Test hundred is his third against India - the first two being 115 at Napier in March 2009 and a career-best 225 at Hyderabad in November 2010.
# McCullum has recorded five Test hundreds in Tests in New Zealand - two against India and one each vs Bangladesh, West Indies and Australia.
# McCullum is the first New Zealand captain to register a hundred vs India at Eden Park, Auckland in Tests.
# Overall, McCullum is the sixth New Zealand captain to post a century vs India in New Zealand. John Wright is the only one to register two hundreds as captain vs India in New Zealand - 185 at Christchurch and 113 not out at Napier - both in February 1990.
# McCullum enjoys an outstanding record vs India in Tests - his tally being 832 in nine Tests at an average of 59.42, including three hundreds and two fifties.
# Kane Williamson (113) has registered his fifth Test hundred - his second vs India - his first vs India being 131 at Ahmedabad in November 2010 on Test debut. (Kane Williamson continues to torment India)
# In his last seven Test innings, Williamson has recorded two hundreds and four fifty-plus innings. In fact, his last seven innings contain 45-plus scores in Tests.
# For the first time, Williamson has registered six successive innings of fifty or more in international cricket - all against India - 71, 77, 65, 60 and 88 in ODIs & 113 in the Auckland Test.
# Williamson is the first batsman to manage 500 runs or more in international cricket in 2014 - his tally being 537 at an average of 67.12, including a hundred and five fifties, in eight innings.
# Williamson has posted his highest score in Tests in New Zealand - his only other hundred being 102 not out vs South Africa at Wellington in March 2012.
# For the second time for New Zealand, two hundreds have been recorded in the same innings vs India at Eden Park, Auckland - the first instance being 170 not out by Andrew Jones and 113 by Martin Crowe in February 1990.
# Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum have shared a stand of 221 - New Zealand's second highest fourth-wicket partnership vs India - the highest being 271 between Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor at Napier in March 2009.
# The 221-run stand off 306 balls is the third double hundred partnership for the fourth wicket at Eden Park, Auckland - the first two at this venue being 266 between Mike Denness and Keith Fletcher for England in February 1975 and 243 between Nathan Astle and Matt Horne for New Zealand vs Zimbabwe in February 1998.
# The run-rate (4.33) of the aforesaid partnership is the second highest for any wicket for New Zealand vs India, next only to the 4.56 by Ryder and Taylor during their stand of 271 for the fourth wicket at Napier in March 2009 (minimum 150).
# For the fourth time, New Zealand (329 for four) have registered 300 or more on the first day of a Test match vs India - the highest being 387 for nine at Auckland in February 1990.
# Zaheer Khan (200 at an average of 31.16 in 53 Tests) is the third Indian bowler to complete 200 wickets or more away from home. He has joined Anil Kumble (269 at an average of 35.85 in 69 Tests) and Kapil Dev (215 at 32.85 in 66 Tests).Â (Ishant Sharma completes 150 Test wickets)
Story first published on: Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:01 IST