Ind vs WI | Ashwin's Masterclass Too Hot For Windies As India Dominate Day 1
Yashasvi Jaiswal made debut for India (Twitter)
The new WTC cycle has started on a bright note for India as they delivered a clinical performance on the opening day of the first Test match to take a commanding position here in the beautiful island of Dominica. Windies did won the toss and decided to bat first but just could not apply themselves against the quality Indian bowling attack and kept losing wickets at regular intervals to bundle out for just 150.
Ashwin was the wrecker-in-chief as he picked up his 33rd five-wicket haul making Windies batters dance to his turning tunes throughout the innings. Jadeja also picked three wickets and overall, all Indian bowlers bowled with great discipline and intensity to stamp India's authority.
For the Windies, Alick Athanaze, the debutant showed great composure and skills and top-scored for his side with 47 runs. However, no other batter displayed any resilience and once again Windies bowlers have been left to do hard yards if they want to make a comeback in this game.
Indian openers on their part have notched up a opening stand of 80 runs and it will be a tough task for the Windies to fightback in this Test from hereon.
The Legend of Ravi Ashwin Continues to Flourish
It was a historic day in the office for one of India's most underrated superstar. He bowled brilliantly right from the time Rohit brought him early in the first session and drew first blood for India. He became the first Indian bowler to get wickets of both father and son in a Test match and then completed his 700 international wickets as well.
The story did not end there and Ashwin has now surpassed James Anderson's tally of 32 five-wicket hauls and has the most five-wicket hauls for an active international cricketer. He is now sixth in the list of most five-wicket hauls in Test cricket and is surely a living legend who needs to be acknowledged more.
Alick Athanaze - The Debutant Grabbed Eyeballs
Alick Athanaze has been one of the most highly rated youngsters in the Caribbean for sometime now. He recently impressed on his ODI debut against the UAE as well but a Test match debut against India was the real acid Test for the youngman.
To makes things more tricky, he came out to bat with his team in all sorts of trouble at 47-3 and kept losing partners at the other end. The debutant though stood firm amidst the chaos around him and mixed caution with aggression nicely to slowly and steadily build his first-ever Test cricket innings. He eventually fell at the score of 47 against the genius of Ravi Ashwin but by that time it was clear that West Indies have unearthed a special talent and one thing is for sure, we are going to see a lot of Alick Athanaze in years to come.
Yashasvi Jaiswal's Maturity Highlights India's Reply
As West Indies were bundled out for 150 in the start of the final session, outwalked Rohit Sharma with another highly-rated debutant, Yashasvi Jaiswal. The Southpaw has recently made his name as swashbuckling opener in lucrative Indian Premier League displaying great ability to hit top gear right from the ball one. However, here at Windsor Park, Jaiswal showed that he has all the gears and maturity to handle different formats and conditions.
He took 16 balls to get off the mark but never looked under any sort of pressure and showed the composure and solidity that is known as one of the most important virtues of a Test opener. Rohit Sharma at the other end also displayed the discipline that was probably missing in the WTC Final and both of them have notched up a superb opening stand of 80 runs.
Expectations From Day 2
India now trail by just 70 runs and with 10 wickets in hand, we can expect India to bat all through Day 2 and notch up a big lead unless West Indies bowlers come up with a real special effort in the opening session of day 2.
West Indies - 150/10 (64.3 overs)
Alick Athanaze - 47 (99), Tagenarine Chanderpaul - 20 (46)
Ravi Ashwin - 5/60, Ravindra Jadeja - 3/26
India - 80/0 (23 overs)
Yashasvi Jaiswal - 40 (73) , Rohit Sharma - 30 (65)