India Vs West Indies first test key talking points and other match highlights:
- India won by an innings and 272 runs
- They dismissed West Indies for 181 and 196 in their two innings
- India had posted 696 in their first innings while batting first in the match
- This was India’s biggest test victory
- Kohli, Shaw and Jadeja were the centurions for India
Coming back to India Vs West Indies first test key talking points, romping to their biggest ever test win, India crushed West Indies by an innings and 272 runs in the first test match. Completely dominating the Rajkot test match, India took just three days to beat a listless West Indies side to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match test series. From the three centurions Shaw, Jadeja and Kohli to Kuldeep Yadav’s fiver in the first innings and Ashwin’s four-wicket haul in the second innings, there were plenty of positives for the Indians to take back from the match. We bring you the main talking points from the first test match between India and West Indies
- Virat Kohli’s Century
Awarded the Khel Ratna last month for his superlative performances with the bat, keeping ViratKohli quiet has been impossible this year. The Indian captain was in devastating form in England, becoming the man of the series for amassing the highest runs in the test series and he carried forward that form into the series against West Indies.
Kohli’s 100 against West Indies saw him put his name in front of new records. His 24th test century saw him become the fastest test captain to reach 24 centuries in international cricket. His knock also saw him become the first batsman this year to reach 1000 runs in tests, solidifying his stance as the world’s best batsmen.
While Kohli’s batting has never been in doubt, something that was refreshing to see was the captain’s tactics this test match. Shifting from his usual style, Kohli was more flexible in adapting to the game, making changes as per the situation demanded. Deciding to bowl Kuldeep Yadav in the second test despite Ashwin running riot is a positive sign in Kohli in the captain. It was a move that gave Yadav confidence, something that will bode well for him going forward into future series.
- Prithvi Shaw
The youngster scored a test century on his test debut to become only the second batsman in the world to score a century on debut under the age of 20, joining Sachin Tendulkar. India’s opening role has been a weakness for the team for a long time now and with the BCCI finally deciding to do away with the pair of Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, Shaw’s innings could see India solidify the crucial opening slot in time to come.
- KL Rahul’s Duck
The opener has blown hot and cold for too long now. Despite being put full faith in by the selectors and team management in the English series, Rahul failed to impress. Living on borrowed time, Rahul failed yet again against the West Indies, departing for a duck to become the only Indian batsman to not get a substantial score in the match.
- Kuldeep Yadav and Ashwin
India’s spin duo was at its impressive best, picking up over 10 wickets in the test match as they ran through the West Indies batting line-up. Ahead of the test series against Australia, their hot form bodes well for India. The pair will be a crucial component of India’s squad against Australia who traditionally suffers against spin.
- Ravindra Jadeja
A century by Jadeja paired with his fantastic run-out and tight bowling spells is a big boon for India. Hardik Pandya has been a major let down in the all-rounder’s role for too long now and Jadeja looks to be India’s answer to that. For the first time in ages, India’s lower middle-order looked strong with Jadeja. Another solid performance in the second test can see him cement his place in the side.
- The West Indies Performance
Coming to India with a depleted squad was always going to e tough for the Caribbean nation but no one suspected them to crumble in the manner they did. Listless with the bat and ball, the West Indies were thoroughly outshone by the Indians, Left licking the wounds of a major trashing by India; West Indies will need to go back to the drawing board immediately if they want to make a contest out of this series.
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