IND vs NZ: Tim Southee surpasses Anil Kumble in ‘Most wickets in NZ vs IND Test’

New Zealand ace pacer Tim Southee continues to be the biggest threat for India in the Kanpur Test despite the pitch considered to assist the spinners. Southee’s seam bowling prowess was on full display in India’s 2nd innings also as the right arm pacer picked 2 wickets in an over to edge past India’s bowling legend Anil Kumble in the list of ‘Most wickets in NZ vs IND Test’. With 51* wickets in 10 Test matches, Southee surpassed Anil Kumble’s record of 50 wickets in 11 matches. Read on to know more about the most wickets in the IND vs NZ Test.

The record of most wickets in NZ vs IND Test is still intact with Sir Richard Hadlee sitting comfortably atop with 65 wickets in 14 Test matches. Sitting second in the list is India’s Bishan Singh Bedi with 57 wickets in 12 matches. However, team India’s ace spinner R Ashwin is on the cusp of surpassing Bedi’s record.

Check out the list of Most wickets in NZ vs IND Test –

  1. 65 Richard Hadlee
  2. 57 Bishan Bedi
  3. 55 EAS Prasanna
  4. 55 R Ashwin*
  5. 51 Tim Southee*
  6. 50 Anil Kumble

While Sir Richard Hadlee remains atop the list to pick most wickets for New Zealand vs India in Test cricket, Tim Southee is second on the list. With 65 wickets in 14 matches, Sir Richard Hadlee is the leading wicket-taker for the Kiwis against India in Test followed by Tim Southee at second position with 51 wickets in 10 matches.

Trent Boult – who opted out of the ongoing 2-match Test series – is sitting at number 03 with 41 wickets in 10 Test matches.

Player Span Mat Inns Wkts BBI Ave 5 10
Sir RJ Hadlee 1976-1990 14 24 65 7/23 22.96 4 2
TG Southee 2009-2021 10 19 51 7/64 23.01 3 0
TA Boult 2012-2021 10 19 41 4/28 28.02 0 0
DL Vettori 1998-2010 15 21 40 6/127 48.42 2 0
BR Taylor 1965-1969 8 14 29 5/26 22.96 2 0


While the sub-continent pitches are most suited for spinners, New Zealand’s seam bowler Tim Southee seems to be an exception.

In 12 matches in Asia Southee has picked up 47 wickets at an average of 23.30 and an economy of 2.68.

He returned with a 5-fer in the 1st Innings of the Kanpur Test and played a prime role in restricting the host to a modest total of 345 runs. Despite the cracks opening up, he continued his prolific form in the 2nd innings also and has returned with 2-41 in 13 overs so far. In addition, Southee is currently the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing Kanpur Test.