Monday, 15 October, 2018

West Indies face crushing defeat as India enforce follow-on

Shaw bats during the first day of the first cricket test match between India and West Indies. — AP Shaw bats during the first day of the first cricket test match between India and West Indies. — AP
Kristopher Love | 09 October, 2018, 13:29

That was inevitable, everyone saw it coming, India won the first Test match against West Indies by an innings and 272 runs at Rajkot, marking one of their biggest victories in Test cricket against West Indies.

West Indies welcomed back batsman Darren Bravo and all-rounder Kieron Pollard to their limited-overs squad but opener Chris Gayle has made a decision to skip their series in India and Bangladesh, Cricket West Indies has said.

Kuldeep becomes the seventh bowler to take a five-for in a Test, one-day worldwide and Twenty20 - following compatriot Bhuvneshwar Kumar, New Zealand's Tim Southee, Sri Lanka pair Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis, Pakistan's Umar Gul and Imran Tahir of South Africa.

The match will also be remembered for Kohli's 139 during which the world's top batsman became the quickest to reach 24 Test centuries after the great Donald Bradman. "That's why he's been pushed to the Test team", Kohli said after the win. Shifting from his usual style, Kohli was more flexible in adapting to the game, making changes as per the situation demanded. Asked to follow on, the tourists did hardly any better in their second innings as Kuldeep, Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin laid bare their spin frailties. It was a move that gave Yadav confidence, something that will bode well for him going forward into future series. "Easy conditions or not, you still have to back yourself to dominate at the Test level and the guy showed that he's different quality and that's why he's been pushed upon into the Indian team and he just grabbed his opportunity with both hands".

The opener has blown hot and cold for too long now.

As India enjoys two additional days' break before leaving for the second Test in Hyderabad, a commentator wondered if it would make sense for India to field what would essentially be the India A squad, by resting all the regulars.

Although West Indies squad is yet to be announced but CWI has begun the process of sorting out the paperwork of potential picks for the series which begins on October 21. "I was pleased I managed to get some time out in the middle in the first game".

Let's see how much contrast we get to witness as to what we've predicted for India vs West Indies 2nd Test Preview.