It was a thoroughly convincing performance by team India as they totally dismantled West indies to win the first of two Tests at Antigua by 318 runs.
The win not only meant that India got off to a winning start in World Test Championship, but it also made Virat Kohli joint most successful India Test captain. Virat now has 27 wins from 47 Tests, same as MS Dhoni who has 27 from 60 matches.
The win came after the visitors made a terrible start to the match, losing three wickets in the opening session of the match.
Ajinkya Rahane was the star with the bat, while Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah picked up five wicket hauls in first and second innings respectively.
The second Test starts at Sabina Park, Jamaica and India will be looking to make it a clean sweep in the series while Kohli will be looking to become India’s most successful Test captain outright.
Here is Livemint’s predicted India line-up for the second Test beginning Friday.
KL Rahul – Did well in the first match without going on to make a big score. He will be looking to make it count in Jamaica.
Mayank Agarwal – failed to make a good start in the first Test but will looking to make a big score to cement his place in the face of increasing competition
Cheteshwar Pujara – Had a brilliant series in Australia and he will be looking to regain that form after not getting enough runs in Antigua.
Virat Kohli – Team India captain and despite a half century in the second innings he will want more and more runs.
Ajinkya Rahane – was India’s star turn with the bat in Antigua and his knocks in both innings helped India get through the rough period.
Hanuma Vihari – Pitched in with the bat in both innings and can be used as stop gap with ball to give rest to the bowlers some rest.
Rishabh Pant – Kept well in the first match, but must be concerned with his form with bat. With Wriddhiman Saha breathing down his neck he would be wanting to put on a better show.
Ravindra Jadeja – played a vital knock in the first day of the match to help India post a respectable total and picked up a couple of wickets in the first innings. If there was a doubt about his selection, there isn’t any more.
Mohammed Shami – Played the role of the third seamer to perfection, picking up two wickets in each innings.
Ishant Sharma – Not only did he pick eight wickets in the match, he played a decent part with the bat to thwart Windies in the first innings
Jasprit Bumrah – was absolutely unplayable in the second innings where at one stage West indies were reduced to 50/9 and he will once again be the danger man for the hosts.