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Stats - India's biggest Test win by runs and New Zealand's biggest loss

Ashwin completed 300 Test wickets at home and bagged 50 in a calendar year for the fourth time

372 - India's margin of win in Mumbai, their biggest win-margin in terms of runs in Tests. The 337-run win against South Africa in Delhi in 2015 was their previous biggest win in this format. The 372-run loss is also New Zealand's biggest defeat by runs, leaving behind the 358-run trounce from South Africa in Johannesburg in 2007.
300 - Wickets for R Ashwin in home Tests, the second India bowler with 300-plus Test wickets at home after Anil Kumble (350). Only five players before Ashwin had taken 300-plus Test wickets in their home country.
9 - Player-of-the-Series awards for Ashwin in Tests, the joint second most for any player in the format. Muthiah Muralidaran tops the list with 11 awards while Jacques Kallis also has nine.
66 - Test wickets for Ashwin against New Zealand, the most by a bowler in Test matches played between India and New Zealand. Ashwin eclipsed Sir Richard Hadlee's 65 wickets on the fourth morning in Mumbai.
14 for 225 - Ajaz Patel's figures in Mumbai are the best match figures in a Test to end up on the losing side. Javagal Srinath previously held the record with 13 for 132 against Pakistan in Kolkata in 1999. Ajaz also became the first player to end up on the losing side despite taking all ten in a Test innings. The previous best innings figures in a losing cause were 9 for 83 by Kapil Dev against West Indies in 1983.
8 for 42 - Ashwin's match figures are the second best without a five-for in a men's Test match. Shane Warne has the best figures, of 8 for 24 against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2002.
52 - Test wickets for Ashwin in 2021, the first bowler to cross the tally of 50 this year. It is the fourth calendar year where Ashwin has bagged 50-plus Test wickets after 2015, 2016 and 2017. Only Warne (eight), Muralidaran (six) and Glenn McGrath (five) had 50-plus Test wickets in more calendar years than Ashwin.
2003 - The last instance of India winning a match against New Zealand in an ICC tournament before the Mumbai Test - in Centurion during the 2003 World Cup. India lost seven of the eight meetings against New Zealand between the two wins.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo