India skipper Virat Kohli was a delighted man after his team’s thumping start in the ICC World Test Championship. India thrashed West Indies by 318 runs on Day 4 of the first Test to take a one-nil lead in the two-match series. The massive win is India’s biggest overseas win in terms of runs and fourth biggest overall.
Jasprit Bumrah starred with the ball for India, picking up 5 for 7 in 8 overs to help his side bowl West Indies out for just 100. The West Indies players were looking more or less clueless as Bumrah swung the ball viciously. Half of the West Indies team was back in the hut with just 15 runs on the board. By the time they reached fifty, they were nine down. But thanks to a fifty-run stand between last pair Miguel Cummins and Kemar Roach, West Indies managed to reach the three-digit mark.
The win saw Virat Kohli equal MS Dhoni’s record of 27 Test wins, making him the joint-most successful captain for India in Test cricket.
Kohli also went past Ganguly with the most Test wins in overseas matches for India as captain. Kohli now has 12 away wins as India’s Test skipper in 26 matches, Ganguly had 11 victories in 28 games. However, the India skipper played down the records and credited the team for all the achievements.
“It’s a responsibility that I’m fulfilling. It’s a blessing that I am in a position to contribute to my team in more than one way. Nothing is possible without the team. I am taking the decisions but it is up to the individuals to do the execution,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation after being reminded of the records he achieved as captain in this Test.
He further lavished praise on fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane who scored a century in the second innings.
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“Jinx excellent in both innings, KL solid in both innings too. Mention to Vihari too. We had to come back in this game 3-4 times, so that is a positive. Moving forward from Australia. Bumrah’s workload is most important which is why he didn’t play any white-ball games after the World Cup.
“He’ll be a key factor for us as long as the World Test Championship continues. Shami is the same and Ishant is a banker, reliable always. Umesh is there too and Navdeep is waiting in the wings. We are settled as our bowling options, but managing workloads will be important,” said Virat Kohli.