India’s quest for home domination got off to the best possible start with a 3-0 whitewash over the visiting Kiwis. Although the series was decided by the end of the second Test, the dead-rubber at Indore promised a lot, this being the first Test ever at the Holkar stadium.
Here are five talking points from India’s 321 run win in the third Test:
Gautam Gambhir’s comeback
A sensational comeback at 34 is not just Sourav Ganguly’s forte. Gambhir managed to carve his way back into the Test side with strong performances in the domestic circuit, more recently in the Duleep Trophy.
Injuries to Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul made a pathway for his return to the Test side after a gap of two years. He started off with a positive intent, batting with a more open stance, playing his trademark shots from the word go.
His stay in the first innings was cut short prematurely, but not before he scored a flurry of boundaries (including back to back sixes). He looked to carry on in the second innings, but got a major jolt when he had to retire hurt after jamming his shoulder while diving to complete a run.