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Stats Dossier: Basin Reserve, Wellington


Rajneesh Gupta


Basin Reserve in Wellington is not one of India’s favourite grounds. The following table tells us why.

Two teams at Wellington

 
Mts
Won
Lost
Drawn
New Zealand
48
14
16
18
India
5
1
4
0

 
India’s Test matches at Wellington

#
Season
Result
Batted 1st
Batted 2nd
1
2002-03
NZ-10 wickets
Ind 161 & 121
NZ 247 & 36-0
2
1998-99
NZ-4 wickets
Ind 208 & 356
NZ 352 & 215-6
3
1980-81
NZ-62 runs
NZ 375 & 100
Ind 223 & 190
4
1975-76
NZ-Inns & 33 runs
Ind 220 & 81
NZ 334
5
1967-68
Ind-8 wickets
NZ 186 & 199
Ind 327 & 59-2

 
The Wellington pitch shows a very interesting trend. Initially the pitch assists the bowlers, but eases up a bit in the second innings. Third innings of the match produces the lowest runs per wicket ratio. But in the fourth innings batting becomes comparatively easy, which is very surprising. 
 
The average runs per wicket ratio in various innings has changed over the years, but the pitch has not changed its behaviour a bit.
Average runs per wicket at Wellington

Runs / wicket
1st Inns
2nd Inns
3rd Inns
4th Inns
Overall
31.71
34.63
26.95
32.41
Since 2000
29.98
32.53
24.16
42.59
Last 5 Tests
23.12
32.96
25.69
31.7
Indian batting
19.63
27.5
19.24
20.75

 Among the Indian batsmen, only Sachin Tendulkar has something to show against his name. His 113 in 1998-99 is in fact the second highest score by an Indian (and only the third century in five Tests) here. Even Rahul “The Wall” Dravid has struggled here with just one fifty in four innings. Sehwag managed the scores of 2 & 12 in his only Test (in 2002-03), while Laxman had an entirely forgettable outing as he bagged a pair in the same Test.

Indian batsmen at Wellington
(from the current squad)

Batsman
Mts
Runs
Avg
100/50
Sachin Tendulkar
2
219
54.75
1/1
Rahul Dravid
2
111
27.75
0/1
Virender Sehwag
1
14
7.00
0/0
VVS Laxman
1
0
0.00
0/0

New Zealand batsmen at Wellington
(from the current squad)

Batsman
Mts
Runs
Avg
100/50
Ross Taylor
1
108
54.00
0/2
Brendon McCullum
7
294
29.40
0/2
James Franklin
4
114
28.50
-
Daniel Vettori
16
502
26.42
0/4
James How
3
83
16.60
0/0

Pace versus Spin at Wellington
Pacers have done most of the harm in the Tests at the Basin Reserve than the Spinners. Of the 159 wickets which went into bowlers’ account in last 5 Tests, pacers accounted for as many as 85%, while spinners managed only 15%. Spinners have conceded 11 runs and bowled 26 deliveries more for each wicket in comparison to the pacers here.
 
Pace v Spin at Wellington
(Last 5 Tests)

 
Wkts
Avg
SR
Runs/Over
Pace
135
25.56
48.62
3.15
Spin
24
36.54
74.96
2.92

Statistically speaking Sachin Tendulkar enjoys the best bowling average for the Indians here. Interestingly little master hasn’t bowled at all on this tour! Among the regular bowlers only two – Zaheer and Harbhajan - have bowled on this surface before. Zaheer returned the figures of 5 for 53 in first innings of 2002-03 Test, which is the best performance by an Indian pacer at this venue.
 
Indian bowlers at Wellington
(from the current squad)

Bowler
Mts
Wkts
Avg
SR
5WI
Sachin Tendulkar
2
2
7.50
27.00
0
Zaheer Khan
1
5
13.20
33.60
1
Harbhajan Singh
2
2
53.50
147.00
0

New Zealand bowlers at Wellington
(from the current squad)

Bowler
Mts
Wkts
Avg
SR
5WI
Kyle Mills
4
15
23.93
53.40
0
Iain O'Brien
2
6
25.67
50.00
0
Chris Martin
9
40
26.45
47.53
4
James Franklin
4
17
28.00
49.71
1
Daniel Vettori
16
44
38.11
82.02
1


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