Team India will clash with New Zealand in the World Test Championship final on 18th June. India beat England to book a place in the WTC final. On the other hand, New Zealand got the better of Pakistan and the West Indies, eventually qualifying for the WTC final. The 2 teams have faced each other on 59 occasions in the Test format. India has won 21 Tests, while New Zealand has won only 12 Tests. 26 Test matches between India and New Zealand ended in a stalemate. Indian bowlers have performed brilliantly against New Zealand in the Test format. That said, here are India’s 3 best bowling performances against New Zealand in the Test format:
3. R Ashwin (7/59)
Indian spinner R Ashwin ran riot against NZ in the 3rd Test of the 2016 Test series. The Kiwis needed to chase a target of 475 to win the 3rd Test match. However, NZ could only manage to muster 153 runs in total. R Ashwin’s exploits with the ball helped India restrict NZ to just 153. In 13.5 overs, Ashwin scalped 7 wickets for India, conceding just 59 runs in total. India went on to win the 3rd Test by a comprehensive margin of 321 runs. Owing to his brilliant bowling, Ashwin was awarded the Man of the Match award in the 3rd Test.
2. Srinivas Venkataraghavan (8/72)
Indian off-spinner Srinivas Venkataraghavan bowled brilliantly against NZ in the 4th Test of the 1965 Test series. Owing to Srinivas’s terrific bowling, NZ was bowled out for just 262. The off-spinner scalped an impressive 8 wickets, conceding only 72 runs in total. India needed only 70 runs to win the 4th Test. In the end, India went on to win the 4th Test of the 1965 Test series by 8 wickets.
1. Erapalli Prasanna (8/76)
Prasanna’x exploits with the ball helped India win the 1st Test of the 1976 Test series against NZ. Prasanna scalped 8 wickets for India in the 1st innings, conceding only 76 runs in total. In the end, India needed only 68 runs to win the 1st Test of the 1976 Test series. India went on to win the 1st Test match by 8 wickets.