321 run win seals 3-0 whitewash at Indore

Pujara scored a marvellous 101 while Gambhir smashed half century off 56 balls.

The Kiwis will once again be hoping for a draw unless they can somehow take a lot of quick wickets on Day 4, and even then the chase may be above them. The reason we were slow was because he wanted to get them driving.

India's comeback man Gautam Gambhir recorded his 22nd Test half-century playing against New Zealand in the third and final Test of the three-match series at Holkar Stadium in Indore.

# His tally of 27 wickets (ave.17.77) is the second highest by any bowler in a three-Test series vs New Zealand next only to Waqar Younis - 29 (ave.10.86) in 1990-91. India's Ravichandran Ashwin (R) celebrates after the wicket of New Zealand's Jeetan Patel. For that, it would have needed a repeat of the hundred-plus opening partnership between Tom Latham and Martin Guptill in the first innings.

Asked about Harbhajan Singh's recent tweet that had pitches been as helpful earlier in his career he and Anil Kumble would have grabbed many more wickets, Kohli pointed out the World T20 Cup game (at Nagpur) when the same set of New Zealand spinners had outshone the same set of Indian bowlers.

Ravi Ashwin's off spin has continued to dominate the test series between New Zealand and India as he ripped through the visitors on the third day of the third test. Ashwin then accepted a simple return catch to dismiss Latham before lunch.

"He also praised the New Zealanders as being a better batting unit in the series than South Africa and Australia in the recent past".

Ross Taylor showed some aggressive intent with 32 off 25 balls including five fours and a six, but did not last long before he was bowled by another Ashwin turner.

While Ashwin picked seven wickets in the second innings, Ravindra Jadeja picked two while Umesh Yadav had one wicket to his name.

"It's out of our hands as players, we've got nothing to do with it, it's up to the umpires they make the call", he said.

In the second innings, India declared the innings at 216/3 with an overall lead of 474 runs just before the tea break.

"We keenly follow his numbers, we discuss his Man of the Series awards after every series".

"I'm confident we will continue to win matches at home as well as overseas in the coming seasons".

This is regarded as an appropriate combination given the rich history of Test cricket and its image as the most traditional and purest form of the game.

Ashwin took his 21 five-wicket hauls in the 39 Tests he has played for India.

  • Jo Lloyd