India completed a 3-0 whitewash in devastating fashion as a seven-wicket haul from R Ashwin shot New Zealand out for 153 in their last innings of the series
R Ashwin produced a devastating seven-wicket display that helped India thrash New Zealand by a massive 321-run margin in the third and final Test to complete a 3-0 white wash in Indore on Tuesday.
New Zealand began the fourth day in Indore way behind but still determined not to give up. By the end of the day, they finally parted ways with their spirit, allowing India to savour the fruits o
While some batsmen successfully made tweaks to their game, others changed tracks to their detriment in Indore
Following his side's 3-0 defeat to India, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said he is disappointed but was thankful for the experience, which he felt would help the players take their game forward
Stats highlights from India's thumping victory over New Zealand in Indore
Despite some stellar individual contributions in the Test series, captain Virat Kohli said India's focus was on the smaller contributions and the team effort
"We believe in our skill much more, and not focus on creating atmosphere or conditions that might suit us partially," Virat Kohli said when asked about surfaces aiding India at home
India declined to enforce the follow-on after R Ashwin's 20th five-wicket haul in Test cricket helped bowl New Zealand out for 299 on the third day of the Indore Test
R Ashwin claimed his 20th five-wicket haul as he single-handedly ran through New Zealand's top order - with figures of 6 for 81 - to reduce the tourists to just 299 on day three, in response to a mammoth 557-run total posted by the hosts in Indore.
An analysis of some salient highlights from the third day's play in Indore
Stats highlights from the third day's play between India and New Zealand in Indore
Over three instalments of their rivalry in this series, R Ashwin has used control, cunning and temptation to get the better of New Zealand's best batsman
The surface did not deteriorate much, contrary to its roughed-up appearance, but it was still a tough one, according to R Ashwin and Tom Latham
Virat Kohli scored his second Test-match double-hundred and Ajinkya Rahane made 188 before India declared their first innings at 557 for 5
Stats highlights from the second day's play between India and New Zealand in the Indore Test
Ajinjya Rahane rated his 188 in Indore among the best he has played because he enjoyed the struggle
A scoreline of 557 for 5 may indicate one team has lorded it over the other, but that wasn't entirely the case
When Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat on Saturday, he had said that the pitch in Indore would aid batsmen on the first two days of the Test. His prediction came true, as he slammed his second Test double-hundred and combined with Ajinkya Rahane t
An analysis of some of the salient highlights from the second day's play in Indore
India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja was fined 50 percent of his match fees for running down the middle of the pitch repeatedly during the Indore Test against New Zealand
An unbroken partnership of 167 between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, the highest of the series so far, put India in control at the end of Indore's first day of Test cricket
Stats highlights from the opening day of third India-New Zealand Test in Indore
The method in Virat Kohli's century in Indore - organic, imperturbable - could be an important step in his evolution as a Test batsman
Cheteshwar Pujara put to end debates over his strike rates in Tests, saying all the team management asked him to do was show more intent
An analytical look at tactical and technical aspects of the first day's play in the third Test in Indore
Virat Kohli, India's captain, made the most of an easy-paced surface to score his 13th Test ton that guided his side to an impressive 267 for 3 at stumps on day one of the third Test against New Zealand in Indore on Saturday.
R Ashwin's career-best match haul of 13 for 140 against New Zealand in the Indore Test has propelled him back to the top of the ICC Test rankings for bowlers
Playing cricket in hot, humid conditions means you tend to sweat a lot and that makes it very difficult to keep one side of the ball dry. But, with a bit of luck, India have managed to out reverse-swing New Zealand
With batting getting tougher as the surface wears on, in India, Kane Williamson has said that the first-innings total will be a key area, on the eve of the Indore Test
As New Zealand try to avoid a whitewash against the No. 1-ranked Test side in the world, they will be buoyed by the return of their captain Kane Williamson, for Indore's Test debut
No. of times India have whitewashed a Test series of 3 or more matches, including this. The last 3: vs Eng 1992-93, vs SL 1993-94 and vs Aus 2012-13.
No. of India bowlers to take multiple ten-wicket hauls in any Test series, including Ashwin. First was Harbhajan vs Aus in 2000-01.
No. of times Williamson has got out to Ashwin this series, in 4 innings. He faced 163 balls against other bowlers without getting dismissed; 91 balls v Ashwin.
No. of higher targets set by India in Tests, than the 475 in this match. The highest they set was 617 also against NZ in Wellington in 2008-09.
India No. 3 batsmen to score 4 50+ scores in a series of 3 or fewer Tests, including Pujara this series. Others: M Amarnath in Pak 1982-83 & Dravid in NZ 2008-09.
Scores of 50 or more for Gambhir in first-class matches this season, in 7 innings. He had made 77, 90, 59, 94 and 36 in Duleep Trophy before this Test.
No. of bowlers who reached 20 five-wicket hauls in fewer Tests than Ashwin's 39 - S Barnes in 25 Tests and C Grimmett in 37 Tests.
No. of five-wicket hauls for Ashwin in Tests against NZ - most by any India bowler. Bedi, Gupte, Prasanna and Zaheer had taken four 5-fors vs NZ.
Runs scored by Neesham in his only previous Test against India - on his debut (33 & 137*, Wellington, 2013-14). He has got to a fifty in this Test.
No. of wickets lost by New Zealand in the second session today. They had lost only one wicket in the first session.
Previous instance of an overseas opening pair adding a century stand in Tests in India - between Cowan and Warner in Mohali. This is the 1st such stand in 18 inns.
The highest opening stand of the series before this - between Guptill and Latham in the 2nd inns of the Kolkata Test. The current stand is now the best.
No. of higher totals for India against NZ in Tests, than the 557/5 in this match. They had scored 583/7 in Ahmedabad in 1999-00 and 566/8 in Nagpur in 2010-11.