1st Test, Day 3, IND vs WI: In the 1st test series of India and West Indies, India beat West Indies and sealed their biggest win. This is also marked India’s 100th Test win at home. West Indies are bowled out for 196 runs and India win by an innings and 272 runs.
The debutante in the international match Prithvi Shaw won Man of the Match for scoring first century in the first match,” It was a great win for the team, more happy for the team. Can’t imagine my debut like this. Whenever you play international cricket, there’s always a challenge. Was looking to play my natural game, like I do in first-class,” Shaw said.
The cricketer Virat Kohli said, “Don’t think you can compare the two conditions. That was a bigger challenge, something we don’t experience day in and day out. Guys understand how to play in these conditions and they were clinical. That’s not something for me to speak upon. I’m sure, as a team, they’d want to rectify their errors. We want to improve upon the things we need to do. Happy that the guys put in a clinical performance. Especially delighted for Prithvi and Jaddu. The way Prithvi dominated on debut was great to see. He just grabs his opportunity with both hands. Exciting to see from a captain’s point of view. Jaddu as well, he’s scored important runs for us in the past. We believe he can change games for us. Pretty good. If you see the first innings, the way Shami and Umesh ran in. Spinners are clinical in these conditions anyway. Kuldeep outstanding in the second innings, Ashwin in the first. Over rates had to do a bit with the umpires who were pushing us, not allowing us to drink water. Spinners bowl so much in India, we’re never going to fall short of the overs anyway.”
On losing the inning, Kraigg Brathwaite said, “Not the best of starts, credit to India. They showed us how to bat. Quite disappointed. Didn’t get enough partnerships as a batting unit. Two or three partnerships would hold us very well. One thing we said in our meeting was to be as positive as possible. Not sure if Holder will be fit for the next game.”
While, R Ashwin stated,”I wanted to get my rhythm back and I somewhat managed to do that today, I was a bit apprehensive yesterday. I had a good stint at NCA and before that in England. It’s a fair amount of difference Kuldeep is talking about, playing with the SG and Dukes. This ball (SG) doesn’t swing that much and adaptation takes time. I like the red SG and Kookaburra. The SG is slightly a better ball and Dukes is also right up there. But I am pretty disappointed with the SG ball at this point of time. When I started playing first-class cricket, the SG ball used to be top notch and you could bowl with it even after 70th or 80th over. The seam used to be standing up strong and straight, it’s not the same anymore. I generally believe that in the second innings is better. This wicket was slightly better, it still is, hence I was surprised with the amount of attacking shots that were played against the spinners.”