- India thrashed England by an innings and 75 runs in the final Test.
- Karun Nair and Ravindra Jadeja were India's heroes in the Chennai Test.
- India have ended 2016 with a loss in the Tests.
Even Ashwin, who bagged 27 wickets in total in the previous four Tests, sadly failed to dominate on his home ground.
It was the first time when England was ahead of the hosts at some point of a match in the series. Alastair Cook and Co. were unaware of what waited for them on the other end.
The Karnataka duo - KL Rahul and Karun Nair - who together embraced an experience of 12 Tests before the Chennai Test, unleashed themselves on the vulnerable English bowling attack one after the other.
To England's 477 runs, Karun and Rahul together scored a mammoth total of 502, helping India to post their highest-ever Test total of 759.
While Rahul will live with the fact that he threw away his wicket when he was a run away from his maiden Test double century, his Karnataka teammate grabbed the opportunity of flat tracks, perfect for batting, and became India's second triple centurion in Tests.
Although India and a few players had a few personal records to their name, a result in the match looked difficult. With final five overs left on Day 4, England came out to bat in the final innings.
Cook and Keaton Jennings, who were dismissed by Chennai's pride, Ashwin, three and one times respectively earlier in the series surprisingly looked comfortable against the same spinner. The pair put up 103 runs for the opening wicket, ruling out a result even more in the dead rubber in Chennai.
Harsha Bhogle's tweet summed up Ashwin-Jadeja's tuning in the Indian team rightly. " If things are not happening for the master (@ashwinravi99), the partner rises to the challenge (@imjadeja)," the iconic commentator tweeted.
Ravindra brought back life in the Test after lunch when he struck twice removing the set openers before Jadeja brought back the hope for a result when he trapped England's key batsman Joe Root, ruining the game for England all of a sudden.
With just seven wickets needed for a 4-0 victory, Virat Kohli and boys got pumped up. The final six wickets, a collective effort from the likes of Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Amit Mishra, fell in the small span of 15 runs.
Sir Ravindra Jadeja led the attack on the final day and ensured his Irish twin (people who share the same birth date), Karun's hard work of batting for nearly two days did not go in vain.
Jadeja's stellar catch of Jonny Bairstow, 10 wickets, a critical 51 after Karun made Chennai dance on his incredible 303 not out stole the show for India as the hosts ended 2016 on a high - Virat Kohli and Co. were unbeaten in the year in the Tests.
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Last Updated Mar 31, 2018, 6:53 PM IST