New Zealand started the 4th day of 1st Test match very well by reducing India for 51/5 in around 20 overs but later Shreyas Iyer played an amazing knock to ensure India stay on top. Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin also played a very good hand with the bat which helped India to set a competitive target of 284 runs for New Zealand. Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson picked 3 wickets each and changed the complexion of the game for New Zealand initially, while Ajaz Patel dismissed Indian Skipper Rahane for just 4 runs. New Zealand played just 4 overs in their 2nd innings and scored 4/1 at end of the day.
Numbers and Stats from Day-4 of Ind vs NZ 1st Test:
3 – Shreyas Iyer became only the 3rd Indian player to smash fifty-plus in both innings of a debut Test match. Notably, Shreyas is the first Indian to smash a century & fifty-plus score in a debut Test match.
417 – Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 417 wickets in Test cricket and has equalled the tally of Harbhajan Singh.
Most Test wickets for India:
Anil Kumble – 619
Kapil Dev – 434
Harbhajan Singh / Ravichandran Ashwin – 417
27 – Tim Southee has taken 27 Test wickets against India in World Test Championship.
Most wickets against an opponent in World Test Championship:
Ravichandran Ashwin – 32 vs England
Pat Cummins – 29 vs England
Axar Patel – 27 vs England
Tim Southee – 27 vs India
170 – Shreyas Iyer has smashed 170 runs in his debut Test match (Both innings combined).
Most runs in a debut Test match for India (Both innings combined):
Shikhar Dhawan – 187 vs Aus, 2013
Rohit Sharma – 177 vs WI, 2013
Shreyas Iyer – 170 vs NZ, 2021
37 – At the age of 37, Wriddhiman Saha is the oldest Indian wicket-keeper to score fifty-plus. Previously, Farokh Engineer at the age of 36 & 305 days was the oldest Indian wicket-keeper to smash fifty-plus in Test cricket.
56 – Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 56 Test wickets against New Zealand.
Most Test wickets against New Zealand by Indian bowlers:
Bishen Singh Bedi – 57
Ravichandran Ashwin – 56
EAS Prasanna – 55