India Complete 3-0 Whitewash Over New Zealand
India-New Zealand test came to an end as a victory for India. Ravichandran Ashwin played a important role in the victory.
India whitewash the test series by winning all the three matches.
India beat New Zealand by about 321 runs in Indore on Tuesday.
Ashwin ripped through the brittle New Zealand batting line-up with a sensational spell of 7 for 59 to skittle the opposition for a paltry 153 in 44.5 overs with an entire day to spare at the Holkar Stadium, which hosted its first ever Test.
The day started at 18 for no loss, the hosts rode on Cheteshwar Pujara‘s unbeaten 101, his eighth Test ton, and an aggressive 50 by comeback man Gautam Gambhir before declaring their second innings at 216 for three an hour before the tea break.
There was hardly any resistance from the Kiwi batsmen as Ashwin scalped one wicket after another to demolish the opposition in just about three hours of play, much to the delight of a near capacity Dussehra crowd.
“He’s been outstanding for the Indian team. If you see all the impact players in the world, he comes in the top three-four easily, especially the bowlers,” Kohli said. “Bowlers are the one I feel that win you Test matches and Ashwin is one of them. There’s no doubt that he’s been bowling wonderfully well for the last couple of years. He works very hard on his game. He’s a very keen thinker of the game and he likes to talk cricket.”
Jadeja and Ashwin wrecked the New Zealand batting line-up in the 1st innings, bowling them out for 262. Ashwin picked four while Jadeja ended up with a fifer. While Jadeja was at his miserly best in the second innings, Ashwin cleaned up the line-up picking up six. Ashwin had earlier said Jadeja was a perfect foil for him and was enjoying bowling with him. For Kohli having two quality spinners bowling in tandem like their prime was always a boon who would contribute to the team’s success in whatever capacity – be it picking wickets, having talks with the captain or giving their own suggestions on-field.