India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test Stats Review: Kohli's record win, Ashwin's excellent series, Ajaz's record figures and more

India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test Stats Review: Kohli’s record win, Ashwin’s excellent series, Ajaz’s record figures and more

Can team India perform in the same way and win upcoming series in South Africa?

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter/BCCI)

India registered their biggest win in terms of runs in their Test history. They thrashed New Zealand by a massive 372-run margin in the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to win the match and also the series 1-0. Jayant Yadav gave the finishing touches on the fourth morning as he ended with four scalps handing the Kiwis a crushing defeat. Jayant Yadav’s best bowling figures in Tests gave Virat Kohli his 39th win in Tests as captain.

Despite Indian spinners and Mayank Agarwal dominating the match, the Test will be truly remembered for the near-impossible feat achieved by Ajaz Patel who etched his name in the history books by taking all ten wickets of India’s first innings. He didn’t stop there as he was Kiwis’s go-to man once again in the second innings as he accounted for more four wickets to end up with 14/225 in the Test.

His match figures are the best for any bowler against India in the longest format of the game. His mind-boggling record is also the best by any visiting bowler in Indian conditions. Patel’s heroics of 14/225 is also the best bowling figures in a match in a losing cause.

Mayank Agarwal was adjudged the Player of the match for scoring 212 runs in the Test and Ravi Ashwin was declared Player of the series for taking 14 wickets and scoring crucial runs. The win keeps India unbeaten for a record 14th time at home as the team will be heading to South Africa next to play three-match Test series while New Zealand will be hoping to forget this Test and the tour as they welcome Bangladesh for two-match series starting on New Year’s Day.

Meanwhile, here are the important stats and numbers from India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test day four:

372 – India’s biggest win in Tests in terms of runs. They previously beat South Africa by 337 runs in the year 2015.

4/49 – Jayant Yadav recorded his best bowling figures in an innings in Tests.

39 – Virat Kohli has now won 39 Tests as captain. Only Graeme Smith (53), Ricky Ponting (48) and Steve Waugh (41) are ahead of him.

6 – 6 out of 7 biggest wins in terms of runs for India have come under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.

14 – It is team India’s 14th Test series victory on the trot at home. They last lost a series way back in the year 2012 against England.

38 – R Ashwin’s wickets at the Wankhede Stadium. He equaled Anil Kumble who also took 38 scalps at the venue.

38 – R Ashwin also equaled Anil Kumble (38) for most four wicket-hauls in a winning cause for India.

82 – R Ashwin surpassed Zaheer Khan (80) for most wickets across formats against New Zealand. Anil Kumble (89) and Javagal Srinath (84) are ahead of him.

300 – R Ashwin completed 300 wickets in Tests at home.

9 – R Ashwin won his ninth Player of the series award in Tests. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (11) is ahead of him.

14/225 – Ajaz Patel recorded the best figures in a match in a losing cause. He surpassed Javagal Srinath’s 13/132 figures against Pakistan in 1999.

372 – New Zealand’s biggest loss in Tests in terms of runs. They lost by 358 runs against South Africa in 2007.

19 – New Zealand has failed to win a Test in India in their last 19 attempts. They last won in Mumbai in the year 1988.

49 – R Ashwin took 49 matches to reach 300 Test wickets at home. He is the second fastest to the landmark with Muralitharan achieving the feat in 48 Tests.

52 – R Ashwin has accumulated 52 scalps in Tests in 2021 which are the most as of now and possibly has one more Test to play in South Africa.

51 – R Ashwin has now taken four wicket-hauls 51 times in Tests.

50 – Virat Kohli became the first ever player to win at least 50 matches across each of the three formats as a player.