India vs Windies 2018, 1st Test: I was Looking to Play my Natural Game – Prithvi Shaw
Indian debutant Prithvi Shaw earned the Man of the match award in the Rajkot Test against the Windies and also admitted he played the same way he used to play in the first-class cricket.
India wins the Rajkot Test
However, India rattled the visitors on a mere 181 in the first innings to take a lead of 435 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a four-wicket haul to clean up the tale in the morning session on day three.
However, the Windies started on a positive note in the second innings, as Kriagg Braithwaite, and Keiron Powell looked to dominate the proceedings. They went to lunch at 33 for one with Powell looking good against the Indian bowlers. Powell and Shai Hope provided some hope for the visitors, as the duo helped them to pass the 50-run mark.
Moreover, Powell batted brilliantly scoring 83 runs from 93 deliveries with the help of eight boundaries and four sixes. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav rattled the middle order in quick time, and the Windies scoreboard remained 185 for eight before heading for Tea. Also, Yadav took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket and also became the second Indian bowler to pick fifer in all three formats after Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets just after the Tea, as India registered their biggest Test win, beating Windies by an innings and 272 runs.
In addition to that, India played excellent cricket in the first Test of the two-match Test series against Windies at Rajkot.
Prithvi Shaw – the star for team India
However, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, the debutant Prithvi Shaw and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were the three centurions of the match for the hosts. Rishabh Pant along with veteran Cheteshwar Pujara also played a fine knock for India.
Meanwhile, the debutant Prithvi Shaw played some excellent cricket in his first international game and also grabbed the Man of the Match award. He scored dominating 134 runs in the match and helped India to post a mammoth 649 runs. He took the opportunity in a challenging manner and showed his class to the entire world. He was also happy for his team to a game in a dominating style.
“It was a great win for the team, more happy for the team. Can’t imagine my debut like this. Whenever you play international cricket, there’s always a challenge. Was looking to play my natural game, like I do in first-class.”