Ravichandran Ashwin picked up six wickets as India clinched the five-match series against England with a victory by an innings and 36 runs on the fifth day of the fourth test at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.
It was the 24th five-wicket haul for the world’s top-ranked Test bowler and the seventh 10-wicket haul after the 30-year-old also took six wickets in England’s first innings.
England, who resumed on 182 for six, were bundled out for 195, 33 minutes into the final day.
The fifth and final Test will be played in Chennai from Friday with the hosts leading 3-0 in the series.
Virat Kohli said he was running out of words to describe Ashwin, but Twitter sure is not tired of talking about the spinning maestro.
The ball is @ashwinravi99‘s paintbrush at the moment. He can paint the canvas he wants. It is a feeling to savour— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 12, 2016
Most fifers for India in Tests:35 A Kumble (132 Tests)25 Harbhajan (103)24 R ASHWIN (43)*23 Kapil Dev (131)#INDvENG— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) December 12, 2016
Bradman: 52 tests, 29 100sAshwin: 43 tests, 24 5 wicket hauls + 4 100sUnstoppable force! #IndvsEng— Srini Mama 💲 (@SriniMama16) December 12, 2016
The team came in for a lot of praise but more importantly the excellent crowd at Wankhede was applauded as well with the team taking a lap of honour.
It is very rare that a team scores 400 and loses by an innings; especially in India where 1st innings runs are gold!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 12, 2016
The victory lap was a lovely thank you note from the Indian team to the Mumbai crowd.— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) December 12, 2016
Best bit about this Indian team is ability to comeback hard when pushed a bit. Not even playing at potential, with injuries. Brilliant!— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 12, 2016
A good Test, a decent pitch and more than most, a fantastic crowd creating brilliant atmosphere. Wankhede should get a Test every year.— jigar mehta (@jigsactin) December 12, 2016
Wankhede is like Kohli, now even the Test performance is making the all time greats like Eden Gardens & Chepauk look pale— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) December 12, 2016
Reasons England lost this series –1. India are better at playing cricket in India ENDS— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) December 12, 2016
Well played, India. Showed tosses and pitches don’t matter when you play as good as India have. Clinical. 😊👍👏👏🇮🇳🇮🇳— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 12, 2016
Let’s be fair – if all the catches had been taken, England would have lost in three days. #IndvEng— Vithushan (@Vitu_E) December 12, 2016
Even Piers Morgan was magnanimous in defeat!
Out-played, out-thought, out-fought. Embarrassing. #IndvsEng— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 12, 2016
#IndvsEng pic.twitter.com/EQEPbEwcEr— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 12, 2016
Well played, Team India. Congrats on a massive series win.