India needed 5 more wickets to wrap up a one-side test match against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday morning, and it didn’t take them even an hour to get the job done as New Zealand lost their lower-middle order in a jiffy to give India their biggest test match victory of all time, in terms of margin of runs.
The Indian spinners weren’t getting quite as much bite last evening as they had got in the first innings, but today in the first session, with a bit more moisture around and a bit of dampness in the wicket, the ball turned square at a fair bit of speed and it was virtually impossible for the Kiwis to survive.
Henry Nicholls and the young left-hander Rachin Ravindra carried the fight on for a short duration, but once Rachin was dismissed by Jayant Yadav, caught at a gully, it opened the floodgates as the Kiwi tail-enders perished one after the other.
Although Jayant Yadav, the off-spinner who was making a comeback to the Indian test team after a long time, missed his fifer, he has made a strong claim now as India’s second choice off-spinner and the backup to Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ashwin also finished with a 4-wicket haul in the second innings and a total of 8 wickets in the game, which was a fair return for his extraordinary bowling effort throughout the game, where hardly any New Zealand batsman looked comfortable against him at any stage.
This was the 7th time that India won a test match by a margin of more than 300 runs
It was the 7th time in India’s test match history that they won a test match by a margin of more than 300 runs. They had done it for the first time back in 2008 against Australia when MS Dhoni was captaining the team in Anil Kumble’s absence. The remaining six victories have come since 2015, all under the captaincy of the current Indian captain Virat Kohli.
This victory against New Zealand has given India 12 more points in the World Test Championship (WTC) and they have now solidified their position further in the points table, in terms of the percentage of points. The percentage of points secured by the teams out of the total number of points available is what will decide the eventual top 2 standings at the end of the ongoing WTC cycle.
The Indian fans were ecstatic with today’s victory against New Zealand, and they reacted with immense joy on Twitter as Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed the last New Zealand batsman to complete India’s biggest Test win ever –
India's 6 out of 7 biggest wins in terms of runs in Test cricket history have come under Virat Kohli's captaincy.Advertisement
India under Virat means domination. pic.twitter.com/HTsC1BD61Y
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 6, 2021
India's Biggest Test Win by Runs
372 runs vs NZ (2021)*
337 runs vs SA (2015)
321 runs vs NZ (2016)#INDvsNZ
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India is the new number 1 Test team in the world in ICC ranking.
372 Runs – India's biggest win in Test history by Runs. India's biggest innings win in Test history came under Kohli. sabash jeyanth @ashwinravi99 @imVkohli #INDvNZ #IndiaVsNewZealand pic.twitter.com/aVKV40jq13Advertisement
— Abdul Muthaleef (@MuthaleefAbdul) December 6, 2021
Congratulations to #TeamIndia @BCCI for one of the biggest win in the test cricket in the 2nd Test against New Zealand by 372 runs. India also take the test series with them with this victory. @JayShah @ImRo45 #INDvNZ #TestCricket pic.twitter.com/IRro3cIAuFAdvertisement
— Dr. U S Awasthi (@drusawasthi) December 6, 2021
• India is new Number 1 Rank Team in Test.
• 372 runs test victory win is biggest for India.
• 39th Test match win as a Captain for Kohli.
• 14th consecutive home test series win for India.
• Virat Kohli becomes only player to win 50+ matches in all three formats.#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/Vg5jaARFSXAdvertisement
— Abhi. (@Abhicricket18) December 6, 2021
First – India bowled out New Zealand lowest score in Test History – 62 runs.Advertisement
Now – India's Biggest Win against New Zealand – 372 runs.
Well done, India. pic.twitter.com/iDrbwcoPqD
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) December 6, 2021Advertisement
India's biggest innings win in Test history came under Kohli
India's biggest win by Runs came under KohliAdvertisement
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) December 6, 2021
And a Mere formality, India finishes their biggest victory in terms of runs in just 45 minutes on Day 4. Jayant who bowled brilliant this morning cleaned the 5 Wickets. India wins the series 1-0 at Wankhede and 39th Test victory under Leader Virat Kohli 🔥🤫😎❤️🇮🇳#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/r1Dccf0rHEAdvertisement
— Mani sekhar 🇮🇳 (@Manirat_18) December 6, 2021
— Flick (@Chirutha_18) December 6, 2021
We won by 3️⃣7️⃣2️⃣ runs and get the series 1-0 🇮🇳 🙌🙌Advertisement
India's biggest ever test win by run margin, under Captain Virat Kohli's captaincy 👑 👏
Well done #TeamIndia 😍Advertisement
— Parivesh (@ForeverVirat018) December 6, 2021