India achieved a 3-0 whitewash in destructive fashion as a seven-wicket haul from R Ashwin New Zealand out for 153 in their current innings of the series. India declared just below an hour from tea after Cheteshwar Pujara had performed his eighth Test hundred, to set New Zealand a mark of 475 and provide themselves a day and a half to take ten wickets. They only required 44.5 overs, as New Zealand lost 9 wickets for 115 runs in the post-tea session.
Ashwin’s totals of 7 for 59 were his greatest in Test cricket, as were his match values of 13 for 140. He pulled up his 21st five-wicket haul, his 6th sixth ten-wicket match haul, his 7th Player of the Match award and 7th Player of the Series reserves exchange – 4th in a row – as well. There apparently isn’t a more great cricketer anywhere in the world today. Admittedly, no one had played a bigger part in India obtaining the No. 1 Test ranking, a feat they got to celebrate when Virat Kohli was handed the ICC Test Championship stick at the end of the match, in front of a potential crowd in Indore.