India vs New Zealand Head to Head Records and Stats in Test Cricket

India vs New Zealand Test records has gained more popularity in recent times due to stiff competition between the two powerhouses. The two Test-playing nations locked horns for the first time in a drawn Test in 1955. It took India only two Test matches to register their first win vs New Zealand while the BlackCaps took nearly 13 years (and 11 Tests) to get the better of India in Test Cricket.

World Test Championship Final 2021- India vs New Zealand
World Test Championship Final 2021- India vs New Zealand (Image Source: Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

Ever since India and New Zealand have gone up against each other on 59 occasions in Test cricket. The number of Test matches played between the two sides is not too many, which is rather inconceivable. However, the fans will hope that the recent World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand would inspire more frequent face-offs in Test matches between the two teams.

Here's a closer look at the IND vs NZ head to head Test records, Stats, and history:

 

IND vs NZ Head to Head Records

In the 59 India vs New Zealand Test matches played since 1955, the ‘Men in Blue' have a superior head-to-head record with 21 wins. On the other hand, Kiwis have won 12 matches while 26 Tests have ended in a draw.

Matches Played 59
India Won 21
New Zealand Won 12
Draw 26
Tie/No Result 0
IND vs NZ Head to Head record – Home/Away
India vs New Zealand Head to Head Records in Test Cricket
India vs New Zealand Head to Head Records in Test Cricket
In India
Matches Played India Won NZ Won Drawn Tie/No Result
34 16 2 16 0
In New Zealand
Matches Played India Won NZ Won Drawn Tie/No Result
25 5 10 10 0

It is quite evident in the head-to-head Test records between India and New Zealand that both teams have been dominant at their home turf. Since the inaugural IND vs NZ Test series, teams have struggled in away conditions as the tale continues to repeat itself even today. New Zealand hasn't won an away Test series against India while under the leadership of MS Dhoni, ‘Men in Blue' claimed their first-ever Test series win in New Zealand in 2009.

 

IND vs NZ all-time Stats in Test Cricket

Most Runs

Rahul Dravid has scored most Test runs in IND vs NZ Test matches
Rahul Dravid has scored most Test runs in IND vs NZ Test matches

 

Player Matches Runs Scored Term Centuries Highest Score
Rahul Dravid 15 1659 1998-2010 6 222
Sachin Tendulkar 24 1595 1990-2012 4 217
Brendon McCullum 10 1224 2009-2014 4 302
GT Dowling 11 964 1965-1969 3 239
B Sutcliffe 9 885 1955-1965 3 230*

 


Most Wickets

Richard Hadlee has most Test wickets in IND vs NZ Tests
Richard Hadlee has most Test wickets in IND vs NZ Tests (Photo by Patrick Eagar/Patrick Eagar Collection via Getty Images)

 

Player Matches Wickets Taken Term Five-Wicket hauls Best Bowling 
Richard Hadlee 15 65 1998-2010 4 7/23
BS Bedi 12 57 1968-1976 4 6/42
EAS Prasanna 10 55 1968-1976 4 8/76
Anil Kumble 11 50 1994-2003 3 6/67
R Ashwin 6 48 2012-2020 6 7/59