5 most bankable players from the third Test between India and New Zealand
India’s three-match Test series against New Zealand came to a close earlier this week, with the hosts completing their maiden whitewash over the Kiwis. Virat Kohli's men beat the visitors by a margin of 321 runs in the final Test at Indore, to put an exclamation mark to their performances in the first two matches.
The Indore game saw India battle back from a tricky position in the first innings thanks to the partnership between Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. A mammoth total of 557 was put up on the board, allowing the Indian bowlers to exert plenty of pressure on the Kiwi line-up.
Ravichandran Ashwin picked up six wickets in the first innings as the home side dismissed the Black Caps for 299. The second innings saw India declare after posting a quick-fire total of 216, led by Cheteshwar Pujara's 101 and Gautam Gambhir's 50.
Set a total of 475 to win, the visitors capitulated in their second innings, getting dismissed for a paltry score of 153. Ashwin ran riot again, picking up seven wickets for a staggering match total of 13.
Here's a look at the five most stellar individual performances - including the Jana Bankable Player of the Match, Virat Kohli.
#5 Rohit Sharma
1st innings - 51*(63)
2nd innings - DNB
The right-hander became the first batsman in the series to notch up a 50+ score in each of the three Test matches, and it wouldn't be an overstatement to say this could be a career-turning series for him.
Questions were raised over his place in the Test team prior to the start of the series, but he proved his critics wrong with consistent showings throughout.
His performance in the third Test was exactly suited to the team's needs as he scored a quick-fire unbeaten 51, helping the team go beyond the 500-run mark. The pace of Rohit's innings enabled Kohli to declare with plenty of time left on day two, thus giving the Indian bowlers a go at the New Zealand batsmen late in the evening.