Rohit Sharma Praises Ashwin and Jadeja: Indian skipper Rohit Sharma praises Indian spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for their outstanding performance in the recently concluded WI vs IND 1st Test where India won the match by an innings and 141 runs.
Rohit Sharma Praises Ashwin and Jadeja over their Performance against WI
Though Indian batters execute an impressive performance, the Indian bowlers share the majority of the victory. As we predicted in our Fantasy11 post’s pitch report, the pitch favoured the spinners and the spin duo grabbed the opportunity like a pro and bagged their maximums.
In the 1st test against WI, Ashwin bagged 12 wickets and Jadeja bagged 8 wickets across 2 innings.
The 2 Tests of the India tour of West Indies 2023 will be a part of the 2023–2025 ICC World Test Championship. Following their second consecutive WTC final defeat, the Indian cricket team faced many backlashes from cricket experts and fans.
Indian cricket team were under pressure to kickstart their new WTC cycle with a victory. Despite the previous head-to-head stats where West Indies have the upper hand against India, the visitors won the first test and leads the 2-match test series.
“The results speak for themselves, they have been doing it for a while. There isn’t much to tell them, it is about giving them the freedom to express. The experience these guys have on pitches like this is always a luxury. Both Ash and Jadeja were superb, specially Ashwin for coming out and bowling this way was class. Always nice to start well, it is a fresh cycle”.
“We weren’t too worried about the pitch, we wanted to come here and get results. Important to start well, now about taking that momentum into the 2nd Test. There are a couple of new guys and people who haven’t had much Test cricket, so just about getting them out on the field now”, Rohit added.
Though India lost the toss and was forced to bowl first, the visitors made a good impression with the ball. Indian lead spinners Jadeja and Ashwin bagged a total of 8 wickets where Ashwin created numerous records with his 34th 5 wickets haul including entering into the 700 wickets club.
West Indies scored 150 runs in their first inning while the visitors declared the game while scoring 421 runs for 5 wickets loss. Indian openers, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma made a 229 runs partnership and broke a 2-decade record and laid a strong foundation for the Indian cricket team.
While everyone expected a third century of the game from Virat Kohli, R Cornwall dismissed the Indian star for 76 runs. With Jadeja’s 37 India moved beyond the 400 runs mark and scored 421 runs before declaring.
In their 2nd inning, West Indies again failed to impress with the bat and ended their inning while scoring 130 runs. In the second inning, Ashwin bagged 7 wickets while Jadeja bagged 2 wickets and paved the way for India’s victory in the 1st Test game. Centurion Yashasvi Jaiswal has been awarded the Player of the Match award for his impressive 171 runs from 387 deliveries.
The 2nd and final test of the India tour of West Indies 2023 will be played between July 20 to 24 in Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad.