India vs New Zealand: Will early birds New Zealand get the worm?

Updated: 22 August 2012 17:11 IST

The Hyderabad Test against New Zealand begins on August 23. This is, by far, the earliest any Test match has begun in an Indian season.

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The Hyderabad Test against New Zealand begins on August 23. This is, by far, the earliest any Test match has begun in an Indian season. The previous earliest start was on September 11, 1979 when Australia played a Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Madras (now Chennai).

Incidentally, the last time a first-class game began in the month of August in India was in 1992, when the season began with the Duleep Trophy. However, the earliest start ever to an Indian season would have to be on August 2, 1969 with the start of the Ranji Trophy of 1969-70. Incidentally, during that month in August 1969, a record seven first-class matches were played in India. The first table lists all first-class matches played in India in the month of August since the inception of first-class games in India on Aug 26, 1892.

Dates Team 1 Team 2 Venue Tournament/Series
Aug 2-4, 1969 Kerala Andhra Trivandrum Ranji Trophy
Aug 9-10, 1898 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 9-11, 1969 Andhra Mysore Guntur Ranji Trophy
Aug 11-12, 1899 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 12-13, 1918 Lord Willingdon's XI Maharaja of Cooch-Behar's XI Poona First-class match
Aug 13-14, 1903 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 15-17, 1969 Andhra Madras Vijayawada Ranji Trophy
Aug 16-18, 1969 Kerala Hyderabad Trivandrum Ranji Trophy
Aug 17-18, 1900 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 20-21, 1897 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 21-22, 1896 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 21-24, 1992 South Zone East Zone Vizag Duleep Trophy
Aug 22-24, 1907 Hindus Parsis Bombay Triangular Series
Aug 22-24, 1969 Madras Hyderabad Madras Ranji Trophy
Aug 23-24, 1895 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 23-27, 2012 India New Zealand Hyderabad Test match
Aug 23-25, 1969 Mysore Kerala Bijapur Ranji Trophy
Aug 24-25, 1894 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 24-25, 1904 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 25-27, 1902 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 25-27, 1961 Hyderabad Mysore Secunderabad Ranji Trophy
Aug 26-27, 1892 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 26-28, 1912 Europeans Parsis Poona Quadrangular Series
Aug 26-28, 1961 Madras Kerala Salem Ranji Trophy
Aug 26-27, 1967 Madras Kerala Madras Ranji Trophy
Aug 27-28, 1907 Europeans Parsis Bombay Triangular Series
Aug 28-29, 1893 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 28-29, 1913 Europeans Hindus Poona Quadrangular Series
Aug 28-Sep 1, 1992 Central Zone West Zone Madras Duleep Trophy
Aug 28-Sep 1, 1992 South Zone North Zone Bangalore Duleep Tophy
Aug 29-31, 1901 Europeans Parsis Bombay Presidency Series
Aug 29-30, 1912 JG Greig XI Hindus Poona Quadrangular Series
Aug 29-Sep 1, 1969 Rest of India Bombay Poona Irani Trophy
Aug 30-Sep 1, 1986 Board President's XI Australians Bangalore Tour match


In all, eight Test matches have been played in India in the month of September. India's only win in this month at home came against New Zealand in 1969. A look at these eight September Tests reveals some interesting numbers as indicated in the table below.

Test matches played in August/September in India

Dates Opponent Venue Result
Aug 23-27, 2012 New Zealand Hyderabad RGS -
Sep 11-16, 1979 Australia Madras Match drawn
Sep 14-19, 1983 Pakistan Bangalore Match drawn
Sep 17-22, 1982 Sri Lanka Madras Match drawn
Sep 18-22, 1986 Australia Madras Match tied
Sep 19-24, 1979 Australia Bangalore Match drawn
Sep 24-29, 1983 Pakistan Jalandhar Match drawn
Sep 25-30, 1969 New Zealand Bombay BS India won by 60 runs
Sep 26-30, 1986 Australia Delhi Match drawn


Test centuries in September in India
(Total centuries 15. For India - 7, against India - 8 )

Batsman Score For Against Venue Date
DM Jones 210 Australia India Madras 19-09-1986
AD Gaekwad 201 India Pakistan Jalandhar 28-09-1983
AR Border 162 Australia India Madras 11-09-1979+
GR Viswanth 161* India Australia Bangalore 23-09-1979
SM Gavaskar 155 India Sri Lanka Madras 18-09-1982
Wasim Raja 125 Pakistan India Jalandhar 25-09-1983
DC Boon 122 Australia India Madras 18-09-1986
Kapil Dev 119 India Australia Madras 21-09-1986
SM Patil 114* India Sri Lanka Madras 21-09-1982
DB Vengsarkar 112 India Australia Bangalore 23-09-1979
AR Border 106 Australia India Madras 19-09-1986
LRD Mendis 105} Sri Lanka india Madras 17-09-1982
LRD Mendis 105} Sri Lanka India Madras 22-09-1982
SM Gavaskar 103* India Pakistan Bangalore 19-09-1983
KJ Hughes 100 Australia India Madras 12-9-1979


Note:

Leading run scorers in September in India

Batsman For Mts Inns NO Runs Avg HS 100/50
SM Gavaskar India 7 10 2 471 58.88 155 2/2
AR Border Australia 4 6 0 408 68.00 162 2/1
Kapil Dev India 7 8 1 306 43.71 119 1/1
DB Vengsarkar India 4 5 1 294 73.50 112 1/2
AD Gaekwad India 2 3 1 278 139.00 201 1/1
DM Jones Australia 2 3 0 263 87.67 201 1/0

 

Bowler Bowl For Against Venue Date
JD Higgs 7/143 Australia India Madras 15-09-1979
BS Bedi 6/42 India New Zealand Bombay BS 30-09-1969
DR Doshi 6/103 India Australia Madras 12-9-1979
ALF de Mel 5/68 Sri Lanka India Madras 22-09-1982
Kapil Dev 5/68 India Pakistan Bangalore 19-09-1983
Tahir Naqqash 5/76 Pakistan India Bangalore 17-09-1983
DR Doshi 5/85 India Sri Lanka Madras 17-09-1982
RJ Bright 5/94 Australia India Madras 22-09-1986
GRJ Matthews 5/103 Australia India Madras 21-09-1986
Kapil Dev 5/110 India Sri Lanka Madras 21-09-1982
GRJ Matthews 5/146 Australia India Madras 21-09-1986


Most wickets in a match in September in India

Bowler Bowl For Against Venue Date
GRJ Matthews 10/249 Australia India Madras 18-09-1986
BS Bedi 8/93 India New Zealand Bombay BS 25-09-1969


Leading wicket-takers in September in India

Bowler For Mts Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avg S/R Best 5i/10m
Kapil Dev India 7 1236 41 663 22 30.14 56.18 5/68 2/0
DR Doshi India 4 1254 52 525 18 29.17 69.67 6/103 2/0
NS Yadav India 3 662 20 304 11 27.64 60.18 4/49 0/0
GRJ Matthews Australia 2 409 10 249 10 24.90 40.90 5/103 2/1


New Zealand's tour to the subcontinent in October 1955 was a twin tour of Pakistan and India. It was their first visit to this part of the world. At that point of time, the Kiwis had not even officially toured their neighbouring Australia, which, incidentally, came only in 1973/74, nearly 19 years later. The Kiwis, then led by their medium pacer Harry Cave, began the first leg of their tour in Pakistan and then came to India. The tour did not go as expected for them: the heat and the food took its toll and several of its players came down with stomach ailments and other illnesses. The team lost 0-2 to Pakistan in three Tests and by an identical margin to India in the five-match Test series. Since then, the Kiwis have made nine other tours, including the current one. Overall in nine series, the home side has won seven and drawn two. The table below has the series details in India.

New Zealand in India

Period Matches India New Zealand Drawn Series Ind captain NZ captain
Nov 1955 -Jan 1956 5 2 0 3 India Ghulam Ahmed (1)/PR Umrigar (4) HB Cave
Feb-Mar 1965 4 1 0 3 India MAK Pataudi JR Reid
Sep-Oct 1969 3 1 1 1 Drawn MAK Pataudi GT Dowling
Nov-Dec 1976 3 2 0 1 India BS Bedi GM Turner
Nov-Dec 1988 3 2 1 0 India DB Vengsarkar JG Wright
Oct-Nov 1995 3 1 0 2 India M Azharuddin LK Germon
Oct-Nov 1999 3 1 0 2 India SR Tendulkar SP Fleming
Oct-2003 2 0 0 2 Drawn SC Ganguly/R Dravid SP Fleming
Nov-2010 3 1 0 2 India MS Dhoni DL Vettori
In India Total 29 11 2 16
In New Zealand (1968-2009) 21 5 7 9
Overall Total 50 16 9 25


Series Summary

Venue Matches India New Zealand Drawn
In India 9 7 0 2
In New Zealand 8 2 4 2
Total 17 9 4 4


Ever since their first visit to the subcontinent in 1955-56, New Zealand haven't had a good time. Their win percentage of 14.93 is the lowest among all visiting teams, with the exception of Zimbabwe. If their performance in Bangladesh is excluded then the win percentage comes down further to 11.11. The first table below provides the Test performances of visiting teams to the subcontinent and the second one of New Zealand's performance in the subcontinent against each team.

Test performance of visiting teams to subcontinent

Team Period Matches Won Lost Drawn %win
South Africa 1993-2010 33 13 10 10 39.39
Australia 1956-2011 78 24 23 31 30.77
West Indies 1948-2011 77 21 23 33 27.27
England 1933-2012 92 21 23 48 22.83
New Zealand 1955-2010 67 10 29 28 14.93
Zimbabwe 1993-2005 23 2 15 6 8.70


New Zealand in the subcontinent in Tests

Country Period Matches Won Lost Drawn %win
In India 1955-2010 29 2 11 16 6.90
In Pakistan 1955-2002 21 2 13 6 9.52
In Sri Lanka 1984-2009 13 3 5 5 23.07
In Bangladesh 2004-2008 4 3 0 1 75.00
Total 67 10 29 28 14.93


The city of Hyderabad will be hosting its fifth Test match since its first in November 1955. Interestingly, all the five Test matches hosted by the city have been against the Kiwis, though in two different grounds. The details are below.

Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Fateh Maidan, Hyderabad
v New Zealand on November 19-24, 1955 - Match Drawn
v New Zealand on October 15-20, 1969 - Match Drawn
v New Zealand on December 2-6, 1988 - India won by ten wickets

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
v New Zealand on November 12-16, 2010 - Match Drawn
v New Zealand on August 23-27, 2012 -


The Hyderabad Test match will be India's 23rd during the month of August. The first came at the Oval in 1936 (15-18 August). India has so far played Tests in August only in England and Sri Lanka as can be seen from the table below. As mentioned earlier, the Hyderabad Test will be the first in India in August.

Venue Period Matches Won Lost Draw %win
In England 1936-2011 15 2 4 9 13.33
In Sri Lanka 1993-2010 7 2 2 3 28.57
Total 22 4 6 12 18.18


There have been only two occasions when an Indian first-class season began with a Test match. The first was against Australia in Madras in October 1956, when the Aussies had stopped over for a short series of three Test matches after their tour of England. Then, 26 years later, Sri Lanka played a one-off Test match in Madras in September 1982, during their first official tour of India. The Hyderabad Test match against the Kiwis will be the third such occasion when the season opener was a Test match.

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