2/40, 5/60, 6/38, 5/32, 4/68, 5/48 – these were Axar Patel’s numbers in his first three Test matches ever since his debut earlier in the year.
Ashwin picks up wicket of Will Young to became joint third highest wicket-taker in Indian cricket with Harbhajan Singh (417 wickets).
The day belonged to the Black Caps, who finished on 129/0 with both the openers Tom Latham (50 n.o) and Will Young (75 n.o) impressing.
With Rahul sustaining a muscle strain Shubman Gill who was expected to play in the middle order might be asked to play in his usual opening slot.
Pujara admitted in a roundabout manner that he was putting too much pressure on himself earlier, which has changed since he scored 91 and 61 at Leeds and Oval at a decent clip.
Playing a three-match series three days after the T20 World Cup final, the Kiwis suffered their second defeat on the trot, going down to India by seven wickets in the second T20 in Ranchi on Nov 19.
Having already won the series, Rohit and Dravid will now like to maintain balance between winning and also trying out all their available resources to see how each and every individual is placed.
Ashwin was effective in the T20 World Cup and on Wednesday changed the course of the first T20 by removing two New Zealand batters in the same over.
The opening batter is also looking forward to the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand, to be held at Green Park stadium in Kanpur and the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
India and New Zealand will lock horns in a three-match T20I series this week and it will be the start of a new era for the Men in Blue under skipper Rohit Sharma and new head coach Rahul Dravid.
Boult is in India for the three-match T20 International series but will head back home after the final white-ball game as he takes a break before being back against Bangladesh for a home Test series.
Senior speedster Tim Southee will lead the Black Caps in the white ball series, the New Zealand Cricket stated in its release.
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side in the opening Test in Kanpur as Kohli extends his break after opting out of the three-match T20 series starting November 17 in Jaipur.
Top Indian players like skipper Virat Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma, and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah have all been in bio-bubbles since the start of the World Test Championship in June.
India will play New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa in the home season which starts with T20Is against New Zealand and ends with T20Is against South Africa.