India vs West Indies: Kuldeep Yadav turns commentator after Rajkot Test win


Royston Chase 53 (79), West Indies 159/8 after 43.2 overs.

Opener Kieran Powell was the only West Indian batsman to make a significant contribution in the second essay, an entertaining 83 off 93 balls with eight boundaries and four sixes.

This approach surprised Ravichandran Ashwin too, who in a post-match interview with the official broadcaster, asserted that the wicket wasn't a very hard one to bat one.

While Ravichandran Ashwin (4/37) was the pick of the bowlers in the morning, Kuldeep (5/57) was all over the opposition batsmen in the second innings on way to a maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.

The hosts piled up 649/9 in their first innings before reducing West Indies to 94 for six in 29 overs when stumps were drawn for the day. Jadeja trapped Sherman Lewis (4) lbw in the 49th over with Ashwin wrapping up proceedings 11 balls later as Shannon Gabriel (4) holed out in the deep.

Jadeja had to wait till his 38th Test to reach three figures, having made his debut back in December 2012.

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India's victory eclipses the innings-and-262-run thrashing they dished out to Afghanistan in Bengaluru in June and knocks their innings-and-239-run rout of Sri Lanka in Nagpur in November 2017 down into third place. In the first innings here, I had not thought that they would attack much.

Powell added 47 runs for the second wicket with Shai Hope (17) and later another 41 runs with Chase (20) for the fifth wicket. "Maybe it was their strategy against the spinners but it clearly didn't work this time", he said.

Jadeja and Ashwin struck late in the session to remove Paul (15) and Devendra Bishoo (9) respectively. "Well, we asked Kuldeep to give it a shot for you guys".

"India showed us how to bat and credit to them". One thing we said in our meeting was to be as positive as possible.

Also, debutant Prithvi Shaw slammed his maiden ton and bagged the Man of the Match, apart from Ravindra Jadeja to hitting his maiden century in front of his home crowd. The feat meant that he is only the second Indian bowler after Bhuvneshwar Kumar and seventh in the world to bag a fifer in all the formats of the game. Scoring myself and getting the team to a win on my debut, couldn't have imagined it so I feel good. The game was held at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, which offered a pitch tailor-made for India's run-hungry batsmen.

If day one was an indication between the gulf between two teams in different halves of worldwide arena, Friday widened the gap in the standard of cricket between India and the West Indies, with the hosts toying with the Caribbeans in all departments.