Ashwin with just 5 tests and 10 innings is emerging as the strongest bowler in 20 test series of India vs New Zealand test series. Gupte with 34 wickets has the record of maximum wickets in a series. Sir Hadlee is the only bowler to repeat 10-wkt performance, Indian spinners have provided 4 such instances. Even for 5-wkts in an innings Hadlee is tied on 4 such instances with old Indian spin trio. While Hadlee has the maximum wicket haul, Prasanna is the only bowler to have averaged more than 5 wickets per test match.
Interesting Bowling Facts
- Daniel Vettori has the dubious distinction of being the only bowler to concede 200 runs in one innings. In 1999 Ahmedabad test his figure read 57 overs 5 maidens 4/200.
Vettori has conceded 150-runs or more in an innings thrice. Other occasion of such run leak was provided by Kumble at Mohali where he gave away 181 runs for 3 wickets in 66 overs, followed by 5/170 by Zaheer Khan and 0/164 by Ishant Sharma at Wellington, 2014.
Hadlee leads the six Indian spinners and Vettori in taking maximum wickets in the bilateral series. Vettori with 15 matches and Hadlee with 14 matches have played the maximum test matches in Ind-NZ bilateral series also.
- 65 wickets Hadlee (24 innings of 14 Tests)
57 Bishan Bedi (22 innings of 12 Tests)
55 Prasanna (18 innings of 10 Tests)
50 Kumble (18 innings of 11 Tests)
47 Zaheer Khan (24 innings of 13 Tests)
45 Ashwin (10 innings of 5 Tests)
44 Venkataraghavan (29 innings of 10 Tests)
43 Harbhajan Singh (23 innings of 13 Tests)
40 Vettori (21 innings of 15 Tests)
36 Chandrasekhar (14 innings of 8 Tests)
10-wkt haul in a test
8 occasions saw 10-wkt bowling performances. Ashwin has achieved the feat thrice, Hadlee twice while Prasanna, Venkataraghavan and Kumble achieved the feat once each.
Ashwin has taken maximum 13 wickets in a match.
- 13/140 Ashwin, Indore Hyderabad 2016
12/85 Ashwin, 2012 Hyderabad 2012
10/225 Ashwin, Kanpur 2016
5-wkt haul in an Innings
While Venky’s 8/72 and Prasanna’s 8/76 is the best bowling performance by India, Hadlee again leads Kiwi flag with their best performance of 7/23 in an innings. Simon Doull also grabbed 7/65, and Southee had 7/64.
Overall 65 times their bilateral series has experienced 5+ wicket performances in an innings.
Ashwin is the only one to achieve 5 or more wickets on 6 occasions, while Zaheer Khan, Gupte, Prasanna and Bedi from India and Hadlee from New Zealand have achieved the feat in 4 different innings each. Danny Morrison, Kumble have done it thrice each. Bowlers from New Zealand have taken 5+ wickets 25 times in 57 Test matches, while Indians have recorded 40 such performances.
- 6 Ashwin
4 Gupte, Zaheer, Prasanna, Hadlee, Bedi
3 Danny Morrison, Kumble
2 Bracewell, Ishant, Bruce Taylor, Lance Cairns, Motz, Hirwani, Srinath, Venkataraghavan, Vettori
1 Bhuvneswar Kumar, Bartlett, Simon Doull, Ramakant Desai, Madan Lal, Congdon, Arshad Ayub, Howarth, Shastri, Southee, Collinge, Jadeja, Pragyan Ojha, Chris Martin, Dion Nash, Nadkarni, Chandrasekhar, Harbhajan
Most Wickets in a Series
- 34 Gupte (5 matches in 1955/56)
27 Ashwin (3 Tests in 2016)
24 Prasanna (4 matches in 1967/68)
22 Bedi (3 matches in 1976/77)
21 Arshad Ayub (3 matches in 1988/89)
21 Venkaraghavan (4 matches in 1964/65)
20 Kumble (3 matches in 1999/00)
18 Ashwin (2 Matches in 2012)