India were already leading New Zealand 2-0 as they went into the third Test at Indore. A whitewash would have given Virat Kohli’s men the No.1 spot in Tests again and he had precisely the weapon to take him there.
Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin was once again brilliant in the game returning career-best figures of 13/140. If India would have lost the Test, Pakistan, who are currently playing West Indies could have overtaken them to the top position but then India were not in any mood to give up easily.
The match was set up by a brilliant 211 from captain Virat Kohli and then it was all about the ‘Ashwin show’. The Tamil Nadu spinner started off by dismissing opener Tom Latham and castling rival captain Kane Williamson with a big turner. He also accounted for the two middle-order mainstays Ross Taylor and Luke Ronchi. Ashwin finally finished with innings figures of 6-81.
In the second innings too Ashwin started from where he had left off and ran through the New Zealand batting order in a hurry. He once again got rid of the likes of Williamson, Taylor and Ronchi before dismissing Trent Boult to finish off in style.
Ashwin was not only given the man-of-the-match award but he was also adjudged the man-of-the-series for his 27 wickets from the three matches.
Here we look at five other Indian bowlers who have taken the highest wickets in a single Test match
#5 Vinoo Mankad, 13/131 versus Pakistan, 1952
It was the first Test between India and Pakistan in October 1952. Vinoo Mankad opened the innings but only managed to get 11 runs while batting. But he more than made up for it while bowling where he picked up figures of 8/52. Among his victims were the great Hanif Mohammad and Imtiaz Ahmed. His left-arm spinners were too good for the lower order batsmen also who did not last much long. Pakistan were skittled out for 150 and were asked to follow-on.
Mankad was at his stupendous best again and accounted for five rival batsmen. His five scalps then included the likes of opener Nazar Mohammad and middle-order bat Maqsood Ahmed. He once again mopped the tail to gift India an emphatic win by an innings and 70 runs. Mankad featured in 44 Tests from where he scored 2109 runs but he also picked 162 wickets including the one he picked in the Pakistan Test match.