India wins their first friendly against the West Indies thanks to the amazing performance of Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin’s Brilliant Display
India secured a triumphant victory in their inaugural cricket test match against the West Indies, courtesy of the outstanding display exhibited by the skilled bowler Ravichandran Ashwin.He took 12 wickets out of the 20 in the match, delivering the best performance by an Indian bowler on foreign soil.
Ashwin’s Impactful Contribution
On Friday, July 14, 2023, at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica, Ravichandran Ashwin welcomed his teammates after defeating West Indies by an innings and 141 runs in his debut cricket test match.
Bowlers Shine for India
While batsmen receive acclaim for their performance, it is often said that it is the bowlers who win test matches. Indian bowlers put up a magnificent show in the first test against West Indies, claiming 20 wickets and conceding only 280 runs. Among them, one bowler stood out: Ravichandran Ashwin, who took 12 wickets out of the 20.
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Ashwin’s Spectacular Performance
Ashwin showcased his skills on a turning pitch, taking 7 wickets for 71 runs in the second innings and concluding the match with exceptional figures of 12-131. West Indies had to struggle to counter India’s bowling onslaught, losing their wickets at 130 runs in just 51 overs after reaching a total score of 150 in the first innings.
Indian Spinners Dominate
The spin-friendly conditions at Windsor Park favored India’s leading spinners, Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Ashwin’s outstanding performance not only earned him the best figures by an Indian bowler on foreign soil but also placed him on par with Anil Kumble for taking the most 10-wicket hauls in test matches for India. Jadeja made a valuable contribution in the second innings by taking two wickets, bringing his total wicket count in the match to five.
West Indies Struggle Against Indian Spin Attack
West Indies had to fight hard to counter India’s spin attack in their second innings. The top order stumbled, with both opening batsmen getting dismissed after scoring just seven runs each. The rest of the West Indies batsmen struggled against the spin, resulting in their collapse. Alzarri Joseph showed some resistance with scores of 47 and 28, but the other West Indies players failed to make a significant impact.
Impactful Contributions by Indian Batsmen
Indian batsmen also played a crucial role in the team’s victory. Opening batsman Prithvi Shaw played a magnificent inning of 171 runs, single-handedly dismissing the entire West Indies team. He formed solid partnerships with captain Rohit Sharma (229 runs) in the opening and later with Virat Kohli (110 runs).
Encouragement from Rohit Sharma
Impressed by Shaw’s composure under pressure, Rohit Sharma commented on his temperament, saying, “He was tested, but at no point did it seem like he was under pressure. I just had to remind him, ‘You’ve got this.’ My job was to keep telling him that he has done all the hard work and to enjoy his time in the middle.”
India’s Dominance Continues
India’s victory extended their unbeaten streak against the Caribbean team to 14 test matches, with their seventh consecutive win against West Indies since 2006. The teams will now prepare for the second test, which is also the 100th test match between the two nations, set to begin in Port of Spain.
A Battle of Nations
India’s remarkable win against West Indies not only extends their unbeaten run but also marks their seventh victory against them since 2006. The second test match, which will commence in Port of Spain, holds historical significance as it is the 100th test match between India and West Indies.