Friday, 19 October, 2018

India vs West Indies: Mighty hosts automatic favourites for a whitewash win

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
Sergio Cook | 12 October, 2018, 00:41

Virat Kohli sought to protect prolific teenager Prithvi Shaw Thursday from the weight of comparisons with India legend Sachin Tendulkar after the young batsman's Test debut century last week.

The margin of victory surpassed India's previous record, set when they beat Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs at Bengaluru earlier this year.

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin produced a brilliant spell as India enforced the follow-on against the West Indies after bowling out the hapless visitors for 181 in their first innings on day three here on Saturday.

Prithvi Shaw scored 134 runs in the first Test in Rajkot. By pulling its biggest ever Test win over West Indies, India took a 1-0 lead in the two-Test match series.

The final XI will be announced by captain Virat Kohli at the toss on Friday.

Similarly, in 2013 when India won both Test matches well inside three days, the next tour of South Africa didn't pan out well as they lost the series.

Kuldeep Yadav has become the fifth bowler of the world to take 5 wickets in a long formate. The board had said availability for regional tournaments was a requirement to be picked for the West Indies squads, causing a rift with the players who are highly sought after by the T20 leagues.

They have won Tests by 10 wickets seven times, while India's greatest winning margin by runs was against South Africa in Delhi in 2015, when they won by 337 runs.

The carribean batsmen need to show patience in Hyderabad, unlike the last Test where they seemed to be in a hurry to leave the pitch with unwanted shots.

The experience of having rubbed shoulders with the best in the business was evident as Shaw went about his business against the West Indies in Rajkot with considerable ease.

There is a chance for Windies batsmen to make something out of the series or Indian spin trio will once again get the triumph, it will be intriguing to see.

West Indies Squad: Jason Holder (captain), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, and Jomel Warrican.

"West Indies is a good side, they were attacking and when someone is doing that you tend to bowl short and fuller, so the five-wicket haul is very special".

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