India crush West Indies for their biggest ever test victory

India in strong position in Rajkot cricket test; debutant Prithvi Shaw hits century

The West Indies will have to lift themselves to put up a better performance after being thoroughly outplayed in Rajkot.

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.

I bowled too full in the first innings, I bowled according to the wicket and the batsman in the second innings.

For West Indies, Devendra Bishoo grabbed 4 wickets but spent 217 runs for that. Sherman Lewis and Shanon Gabriel looked clueless and gifted their wickets away to the offspinner.

Every test ton matters, just ask India's Ravindra Jadeja.

India's victory eclipses the innings-and-262-run thrashing they dished out to Afghanistan in Bengaluru in June and knocks their innings-and-239-run rout of Sri Lanka in Nagpur in November 2017 down into third place.

Skipper Virat Kohli, who also scored a landmark century in India's only innings, was happy with the team's "clinical" showing and praised Shaw for his quality batting.

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West Indies: 181 all out in 48 overs (Roston Chase 53, Keemo Paul 47; Ravichandran Ashwin 4/37, Mohammed Shami 2/22) & 196 all out from 50.5 overs (Kieran Powell 83; Kuldeep Yadav 5/57, Ravindra Jadeja 3/35). But as the fielding coach Nic Pothas pointed out after the first day's play, and the bowling coach today, it was a plan they had thought hard about. "Maybe it was their strategy against our spinners, but it didn't work".

Kuldeep ripped through the tourists' middle order, trapping Shai Hope lbw before dismissing Shimron Hetymer and Sunil Ambris in the same over. "You have to be better at doing that going forward if you have to play Test match cricket better".

Stand-in Windies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite: "India showed us how to bat and credit to them".

"We did talk about being positive in our team meetings".

Prithvi Shaw, who announced his arrival with maiden Test century in his very first match, was awarded man of the match. The feat meant that he is only the second Indian bowler after Bhuvneshwar Kumar and seventh in the world to bag a fifer in all the formats of the game. I just wanted to play my natural game, like I do in first-class cricket, " said Shaw.

"I couldn't have imagined my test debut like this".

India will now be looking to wrap up a 2-0 series win when the second Test gets underway in Hyderabad on Friday - the sides will then contest five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals.

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