Bangalore, Sep 3: The 23-year old, Tim Southee who ripped through India's batting order claiming seven wickets in the second Test at Bangalore, has been performing very well since his Test debut in 2008.
With 52 wickets off 19 Tests, including a career-best 7/64 against India in the Bangalore Test, which also marked his second five-wicket haul in an innings, Tim Southee has been the flavour of the season for New Zealand.
Southee who made his debut at the age of 19, against England at Napier in March 2008, claimed 5/55 and also smashed 77 off 40 balls in the second innings, which included 9 hits to the stands to impress everyone on his debut. He had also picked 18 wickets at an average of 17.33 during the World Cup last year, which also suggested that he is deserves to be in the playing XI.
His 7/64 is indeed the second best by a New Zealand bowler against India as Richard Hadlee in 1975-76 had claimed 7/23 at Wellington.
Moreover, he also became the third New Zealand bowler to have claimed 7 wickets in an innings against India as Simon Doull is the other Kiwi bowler to have claimed 7/65 at Wellington in 1998-99.
Southee's 7/64 has been the best so far by a New Zealand bowler on Indian soil, as he surpassed Dion Nash's 6/27 (at Mohlai in Oct 1999) after claiming 7 wickets during India's first innings at Bangalore.
This also marked his career best performance as he completed 52 Test wickets at an average of 39.30 in 19 Tests.
Moreover, this has been the best performance by any bowler against India at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, which is truly a memorable one for Southee.
It is also the second best by a bowler at this venue, after Maninder Singh's 7 for 27 against Pakistan in March 1987.
Southee's 7/64 is the sixth best performance by a New Zealander in Tests, next only to the 9 for 52 by Richard Hadlee against Australia at Brisbane in 1985-86.
The 23-year-old who claimed a five wicket haul on his debut has also played for Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League, India's doemstic T20 league in 2011, while he has not played any other domestic T20 league apart from IPL.
Southee has impressed everyone with his fabulous performance as he has been the highlight for New Zealand in the series against India, who was not picked for the first Test against India at Hyderabad.
Skipper Ross Taylor would be thinking that he made a big mistake by not picking the talented bowler who could have created an impact at Hyderabad as well as India trounced NZ by an innings and 115 runs.