The 1st Test between India and West Indies turned out to be a one-sided affair in India’s favour. Windies suffered a huge 272 run and an innings defeat. The key moments of the match that finished before three days are as follows :
1. Prithvi Shaw’s Memorable Debut:
The highly rated 18-year old from Mumbai was fast tracked to the Indian team and was given his test cap to debut against the Windies. He looked to be attacking right from the start of his innings which made people reminiscent of Virender Sehwag. His batting style-the punchy stroke play, the drives, playing the ball late- reminded everyone of the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. He was aggressive throughout his innings scoring a 99 ball hundred, the third quickest in Test history by a batsman on his debut and was rightly awarded the ‘Player Of The Match’ award.
2. Ravindra Jadeja’s 1st International Hundred:
It took Ravindra Jadeja 56 Test innings and 169 overall in his international career to score his first international century. Batting with the tail he ensured quick runs by taking calculated risks against the spinners and rotating the strike cleverly. Coming in at 7 when the scoreboard read 470/5, he made good use of the favourable batting conditions and made a merry of the hapless Caribbean bowlers. This innings, coming at his home ground was like the cherry on the cake and made the innings all more special for Jadeja.
3. Contributions From Middle Order For India:
The Indian team captain Virat Kohli has always been vocal about the need of contributions from the middle order. The middle order batsmen showed good promise with good contributions from Rahane, Pant and Jadeja. Rahane and Pant especially would consider themselves unlucky as they couldn’t reach their respective landmarks. Pujara at the top was at his usual best, scoring a well-compiled 86 to build the foundation along with Prithvi Shaw for the middle order batsmen. Virat Kohli, on the other hand strolled to his 24th Test century while partnering the middle order batsmen and became the second fastest in the history of test cricket to do so.
4. The Indian Bowling:
India’s huge first innings score made West Indian players have a long day on the field under the soaring sun, affecting them mentally. The batsmen couldn’t stand up and give answers to a confident Indian bowling line-up. The Indian bowlers were relentless, they bowled attacking line and length in both the innings. Shami’s new ball spells, Ashwin and Kuldeep’s bowling on the third day were exceptional to say the least. None of the batsmen could settle down and spend a long time on the crease, folding up cheaply in both the Innings. Virat Kohli should be appreciated for selecting five bowlers in this match. This ensured that the bowlers had ample amount of rest to start afresh every spell. The 3-spinner combination ensured that India maintained a very healthy over rate and also extract the best out of the conditions.
5. Positives For The Windies :
Roston Chase and Kieran Powell’s half-centuries in first and second innings respectively were the only bright spots in the batting for the Windies. Shanon Gabriel’s fiery spell with the new ball and Devendra Bishoo’s 4-for, a long spell of 54 overs in total, a spell that speaks highly about the mental resilience of Bishoo, were the bowling positives.
The Windies batsmen’s attacking approach in the second innings was questionable as the India lead was very high and the batsmen had almost three days time in good batting conditions.
West Indies need a lot of homework to do prior to the second test to at least put up a fight against India, who in home conditions, as of now, look invincible.