• - DL Vettori would be playing his 100th test for New Zealand when he plays against India at Ahmedabad. {He has played one test for ICC World Eleven}. He would become the 50th Cricketer to appear in 100 tests representing a country.

     

    - DL Vettori would become the second cricketer to play 100 tests after SP Fleming who has played 111 tests representing New Zealand.

     

    - R Dravid would be playing his 250th test innings when he bats in the first innings of Ahmedabad test. Others to play 250 plus test innings are prior to the Ahmedabad test are – SR Tendulkar {280}, AR Border {265}, SR Waugh {260} and RT Pontng {251}. R Dravid would become the second Indian batsman to play 250 plus test innings.

     

    - R Dravid who has an aggregate of 4938 runs at home soil, prior to the start of the series, require 62 runs more to total 5000 runs, He would become the 11th batsman in the annals of test cricket to total 5000 plus runs on home soil. He would become the third Indian batsman, after SR Tendulkar

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  • Indian cricket is, like it or not, on the brink of transition. On its way out is an era remembered for some of the best exponents of the different moods of batsmanship - the classic, the belligerent, the artistic, the stoic. The national selectors are increasingly reconciled to the fact that the Tendulkars, Dravids and Laxmans will not play forever, and have begun looking at the Pujaras, the Kohlis and the Rainas as the faces of India's future.

     

    A name that deserves discussion in this context is that of Ajinkya Rahane, the 22-year old Mumbai batsman.

     

    Rahane's story is in a sense that of Mumbai cricket itself - a story where cricket is often one strand in a narrative that spans the virtues of grit and determination, an infinite capacity for hard work, a seminal struggle that begins with the fight to board a second class compartment, kit bag in tow, during rush hour and just gets tougher from there. Those who know Mumbai cricket well will tell you that it is a crucible like no other;

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  • - India and New Zealand have played have played 16 series so far and the ensuing series would be the 17th one between the two. Of the 16 series, India has won eight series, New Zealand has won four series and four series have been drawn.

     

    - India and New Zealand have played 47 tests so far. India has won 15 tests, New Zealand has won nine tests and 23 tests were drawn.

     

    - India has posted a total of 500 plus runs on seven occasions against New Zealand. Its 583 for 7 declared at Ahmedabad in Oct 1999 represents the highest team total. New Zealand has posted a total of 500 plus runs on three occasions against India. 630 for 6 declared at Mohali in Oct 2003 not only represents not only its highest team total against India, but also the highest total posted by a team in India-New Zealand test series.

     

    - India has been dismissed for a total less than 100 runs in a completed innings on five occasions against New Zealand. New Zealand has been dismissed for less than 100 runs on only one

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