India vs Windies 2018: Twitter Reacts as India Obliterates Windies

Ross Houston
October 6, 2018

1 - Kuldeep Yadav became the first bowler to take a 5-wicket-haul in all the three worldwide formats in a calendar year.

India's prodigious talent Prithvi Shaw began his worldwide career in style, scoring a century on debut against the touring West Indies team in the first of the two-match Test series at the SCA stadium in Rajkot. With temperatures touching almost 40 degrees Celsius on each of the three days of the Rajkot Test between India and West Indies, players from both sides were constantly under the supervision of umpires while asking for drinks breaks. To top that, the man who replaced Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, emulated the belligerent southpaw with a flashy, jaw-dropping hundred on debut at Rajkot on Thursday.

India's previous largest winning margin by an innings was against Test debutants Afghanistan in Bangalore in June, when Virat Kohli's side won by an innings and 262 runs. But Kohli had enough and waved his team in, declaring on 649/9.

"Jaddu as well - he has got important runs for us before and we wanted him to get three figures. It is exciting to see from the captain's perspective", Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

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.

Opener Kieran Powell fought a lonely battle to score 83 runs before becoming Kuldeep´s fifth victim in another disappointing batting show by the Caribbean side.

Needing a solid performance after being kept in the field for the first two sessions, West Indies experienced a nightmare start when captain Kraigg- Brathwaite's (2) off-stump was sent cartwheeling by Mohammed Shami in the third over, after the right-hander was late on a defensive jab.

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. The spinner scalped four wickets in the first innings to help India bundle out the visitors for just 181 runs.

"Not the best of starts, credit to India".

"That was a bit to do with the umpires pushing us as well, with these new rules coming in of not drinking too much water", Kohli said after the game, when asked of improved over-rates.

"Didn´t get enough partnerships as a batting unit". The second and final Test of the series begins next Friday at Hyderabad. But like Umesh, he two was under-bowled by skipper Kohli and was given just 12 overs in the entire match.

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