Indore, Oct 11: India's star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin once again single-handedly triggered another batting collapse of New Zealand, to return with career-best figures of 7/59 in the visitors' second innings, bundling them out for a paltry 153 in response to the mammoth target of 475.
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Ashwin, who took six wickets in the first innings of the Test, took his overall tally to 13 in the match, besides pushing a total to 27 scalps in the three Tests.
The Chennai tweaker was well assisted by left-armer Ravindra Jadeja, who took two wickets in the second innings, while pacer Umesh Yadav chipped in with one wicket.
Ashwin was adjudged both the Man of the Match and Series for his heroics with the cherry during the series.
Team India produced an all round performance to bag the top spot after winning the series 3-0. But it was India's frontline spinner who grabbed most of the acclaim in the series.
Here are a few records and achievements made by Ashwin in the series:
# Ashwin's splendid second innings figures of 7 for 59 are his best in a Test innings, beating the 7 for 66 vs South Africa at Nagpur in November 2015.
# His Test figures of 13 for 140 are his best in a Test match, outstripping the 12 for 85 vs New Zealand at Hyderabad in August 2012. His two best match performances are the best ever by a bowler for India vs New Zealand in Tests.
# The Chennai spinner's marvellous tally of ten wickets or more in a Test match six times has been bettered only by Anil Kumble (8).
# 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.
# With 44 wickets at an average of 19.86 in seven Tests, including five five-wicket hauls and two instances of ten wickets or more in a Test match, he is the top wicket-taker this year in Tests.
# The 30-year-old tweaker enjoys an outstanding record in Test wins - his tally being 151 wickets (ave.18.12) in 21 Tests, including 17 five-wicket hauls and five instances of ten wickets or more in a Test match.
# Ashwin's tally of 151 wickets in wins is the third highest for India in Tests next only to the 288 by Anil Kumble and 221 by Harbhajan Singh.
# Both Kumble and Ashwin share a record for most instances (five) of ten wickets or more in a Test match in a winning cause.
# In only five Tests vs New Zealand, Ashwin has taken 45 wickets at 15.91 runs apiece, including six five-wicket hauls and three instances of ten wickets or more in a Test match. His tally of six five-wicket hauls and three instances of ten wickets or more in a Test match are records in Tests involving India and New Zealand.
# Harbhajan Singh (vs Australia, 2000-01) and Ravichandran Ashwin (vs New Zealand (2016-17) are the only two Indian bowlers to produce two instances of ten wickets or more in a Test series.
# He has deservingly received his seventh Man of the Match award in Tests - his second against New Zealand.
# He has garnered most Man of the tournament awards in Tests for India, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag who won it 5 times apiece.
# Ashwin has got the Player of the Series for the seventh time in Tests, extending his Indian record. Since his Test debut in November 2011, no other player has received so many Player of the series awards.