Ravichandran Ashwin Spins His Magic In Indore As India Rout New Zealand 3-0
Ravichandran Ashwin claimed seven wickets to lead India's whitewash of New Zealand, as the hosts romped to a 321-run victory on Day 4 of the third and the final Test on Tuesday.
India got off to a bad start on Day 4 as Murali Vijay was run-out by some brilliant fielding from Martin Guptill in the eighth over. (Images Credit: BCCI)
Gautam Gambhir, who retired hurt on Day 3 after aggravating a shoulder injury, came out to bat after Vijay's dismissal and was right on the money from the word go.
Cheteshwar Pujara complemented Gambhir well as he ran fast between the wickets and punished all loose deliveries that came his way.
The pair added 76 for the second wicket and Gambhir also brought up his half-century, his 22nd in Tests and first since 2012.
Soon, Pujara also reached his fifty and continued to attack New Zealand bowlers.
Gambhir then fell for 50 off 56 balls, chipping Jeetan Patel to short extra-cover.
Pujara executed his paddle sweeps and lofted shots to perfection and scored boundaries regularly.
Pujara then completed his eighth Test hundred and first of the series, as New Zealand were set a target of 475.
The visitors suffered an early jolt as Umesh Yadav removed Tom Latham in the second over of their innings.
Just after tea, Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of Kane Williamson, who looked good for his 27. This was the fourth time the New Zealand skipper lost his wicket to the off-spinner in as many innings.
Ross Taylor, who scored a quickfire 32, was knocked over by Ashwin as the visitors slumped to 80/3.
Ravindra Jadeja joined the party and removed Martin Guptill and James Neesham in quick succession to put the visitors in all sorts of trouble.
The spin pair of Ashwin-Jadeja accounted for 41 New Zealand batsmen throughout the series.
Ashwin then got rid of Trent Boult in the 45th over as India defeated New Zealand by 321 runs to clean sweep series 3-0. The off-spinner took a total of 13 wickets in the match and was named the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series.
Virat Kohli-led India got presented with the Test Championship mace by Sunil Gavaskar on ICC's behalf.
With this, Kohli became only the second India captain after Mahendra Singh Dhoni and 10th overall to receive the Test mace.