West Indies Become The First Team To Bat With 12 Players In An Innings In Test Cricket
West Indies once again suffered a massive defeat by 257 runs at Sabina Park in Jamaica to go down 2-0 in the Test series against India. Meanwhile, they created a unique record during their batting in the second essay.
India needed only eight wickets to seal the victory to make a thumping start to the ICC World Test Championship. West Indies produced a much-better effort with the bat but it was not enough for them to keep the Indian bowlers at bay.
The home side received a set back as Darren Bravo copped a massive blow on his helmet. He got hit on his helmet while trying to duck a bouncer from Jasprit Bumrah in the last over of day three. He played out the remainder of the over and even walked out to resume his innings on the fourth morning.
However, he lasted only little over three overs in the morning before the delayed concussion symptoms showed up. Bravo managed to add only five runs to his overnight score before walking out. Meanwhile, the umpires approved Jermaine Blackwood as Bravo’s concussion substitute.
Incidentally, Blackwood wasn’t originally a part of the West Indies squad for the Jamaica Test. But since the ICC regulations allow for a like-for-like replacement, the management decided to have him on board. He became the second concussion substitute after Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne.
The concussion substitute, Jermaine Blackwood, showed glimpses of grit during his partnership with Shamarh Brooks – the only batsman to score a fifty for West Indies in this series – but all hopes came crashing down when Blackwood nicked one behind and opened doors for Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja to run through the rest of the batting order.
Meanwhile, during the course of the match, West Indies became the first team to bat with 12 players in an innings of a Test match. Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel became the first no 12 batsman to walk out in the middle. Darren Bravo and his concussion substitute Jermaine Blackwood both batted in the second innings which saw the host play with 12 batters in the second innings.