India thrashed West Indies by an innings and 272 runs in the first Test at Rajkot to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Starting day three on 94 for 6, still trailing hosts’ first innings total by 555, West Indies managed to delay the inevitable for a while. Roston Chase scored a fighting fifty to help his side post a respectable 181 but could not save them from following-on. In the second innings too, the West Indies batsmen failed to deliver as the visitors were all out for just 196.
Kieran Powell waged a lone battle by scoring 83 but could not get support from the other end. Kuldeep Yadav was the stand-out bowler for the hosts, picking up 5 for 57. Ravindra Jadeja picked up 3 while Ravi Ashwin accounted for 2 wickets.
With the game now done and dusted, we take a look at the statistics:
1. Virat Kohli has now become India’s second-most successful skipper in Tests at home. The victory against West Indies was the hosts’ 14th win under Virat Kohli. The 29-year old went past Mohammad Azharuddin who led India to 13 wins at home. MS Dhoni lead the list with 21 wins.
2. The innings and 272-run win is India’s biggest innings win in the longest format of the game. Their previous biggest win also came this year when they dismantled Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs.
3. The innings and 272-defeat is West Indies’ second biggest loss in Tests. Their heaviest defeat came in 2007 when they lost to England by an innings and 283 runs at Leeds.
4. Kuldeep Yadav became the first Indian chinaman bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in Tests. The 23-year old also became the second Asian cricketer to achieve the feat after Sri Lanka’s Lakshan Sandakan did it against India in 2017.
5. Kuldeep also became the second Indian after Bhuvneshwar Kumar to pick up five-wicket hauls in all the three formats of the game.