The India v/s West Indies test match came to a conclusion in Antigua as the West Indies were bowled out for 231 to lose by an innings and 92 runs.
The Indian bowlers took nine wickets that they needed for victory on Day four and were declared deserving winners. The match came out exceptionally well since Thursday when Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl. The match has witnessed the massive first inning followed by Kohli’s inning and two meek capitulations by West Indies.
Ravichandran Ashwin claimed his first five-wicket haul outside Asia and his fifth five-wicket innings in his last six Tests. Indian captain Virat Kohli admits he didn’t know this was India’s biggest win outside Asia. Ashwin’s figures of 7-83 are his second-best return in Tests. But most of the credit for this win goes to Virat Kohli, both as a batsman and a captain. He put India in a position from which they could not lose when he made 200.
“Scoring wasn’t easy, initially West Indies bowled well. A couple of their bowlers rushed us, 70-odd for 2 with five batsmen, had to take responsibility. Shikhar was playing really well and I wanted to be positive if you want to win a Test you have to score quickly and get the bowlers a chance to bowl the opposition out twice.” Said Kohli, and added,
“Then Ashwin played a brilliant inning down the order, it was a team batting performance. If we’re playing five batsmen, we wanted to deepen the order. We had Saha at No. 7 and Ashwin was good enough to bat at No. 6. He was a pure batsman before he became an offspinner.”