Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:30:06 GMT
India vs WI: A stunning reversal of roles for pacers
It was West Indies multi-pronged pace arsenal which, more than anything else, used to symbolize the historic supremacy of West Indies during the golden era of 1970s and 80s. Now, all that it epitomizes is decline and rust.
Indian pacers revel as WI attack fails to make impact
The Antigua Test, which concluded on Sunday, thus presented an unprecedented scenario - it was the Indian pace attack which had the batsmen on the hop while home fast bowlers struggled against even tailenders.
Huge gulf between India and West Indies: Ian Bishop
Former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop has lamented the difference in quality between the two competing teams in the current four-Test series, stating that Indian players' experience puts them miles ahead of the Caribbean outfit.
ICC rankings: Antigua special puts Ashwin back at No 1
India's R Ashwin has reclaimed the top spot on the ICC's rankings for Test bowlers, following his seven-wicket haul against West Indies at North Sound on Sunday. Ashwin gained five ratings points following his second-innings figures of 7/83.
Kohli hails bowlers after India win Antigua Test
India had begun the four-Test series as clear favourites. And the fate of the first Test had been virtually sealed on the third day itself when India, having compiled a mammoth 5668, shot West Indies out for 243 in the first innings. After that, it was a matter of time.
On the field I think like a batsman: Virat Kohli
India's Test captain Virat Kohli says he thinks like a batsman even when he is leading the side in the field and that mindset helps him place fielders accordingly.
India can topple Australia from No. 1 spot
Australia may have just won the ICC Test Championship mace but India can topple them from the number one spot if they are able to blank the West Indies 4-0 in the ongoing series and results in the other two marquee series go as per their wish.
Talking points from India's crushing Antigua victory
A returning Mohammed Shami reveled in the role of bowling spearhead while Kohli reminded everyone why he is the one of the top batsmen in the world with his maiden double-hundred. R Ashwin stole the show, first with the bat and then with the ball.
It's a good to have contagious winning habit: Virat Kohli
Winning is "contagious" and Indian Test captain Virat Kohli feels that it is a "good habit" that his boys can cultivate in order to become a formidable Test team anywhere in the world. India trounced West Indies by an innings and 92 runs in the first Test.
Getting a 5-for outside Asia is something I worked for: Ashwin
India's off-spinner R Ashwin, whose bowling masterclass of seven for 83 enabled the visitors to record an emphatic win against the West Indies, is happy that he has been finally able to break the deadlock of getting a coveted 'five-for' outside the sub-continent.
1st Test: India demolish WI by an innings and 92 runs
Even though Bishoo and Brathwaite’s 95-run stand for the ninth wicket took the game in to the last session of the day, Ashwin’s second-best career figures of 7 for 83 ensured India took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series with an emphatic victory by an innings and 92 runs.
Our plan was to bowl maiden overs, says Umesh Yadav
West Indies were bowled out for 243 in their first innings in response to India's 566 for eight declared and then were asked to follow-on. At stumps on the third day of the first Test, the hosts finished at 21 for 1.
Satisfied to score double ton after forgettable debut: Kohli
Indian captain Virat Kohli returned to the Caribbean after five years and got down to business, scoring his maiden double century in the very first innings of the opening Test match against the West Indies.
I wanted to bat in the top seven for a long time: Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (113 off 253) struck his third Test century as he, along with skipper Virat Kohli, took India to 566 for eight declared on day two of the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua.
Kohli first Indian captain to score overseas double ton
Skipper Virat Kohli played a masterful knock of 200 (283 balls, 24 fours) and by the time he was dismissed, he had made sure India had the upper hand in the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds in Antigua.
Kohli double, Ashwin ton put India in command
Two days in to the opening Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua, Simmons strategy to stick to one plan clearly did not work as India amassed 566 runs for the loss of eight wickets before declaring their innings.
Restrained Dhawan makes bold opening statement
The 84 here in Antigua on Thursday came at just the right time for Shikhar Dhawan. Captain Virat Kohli had given him his vote of confidence a day before the Test and he vindicated his captain at the first opportunity.
Bowlers need to be patient as it's a batting pitch: Bishoo
West Indies leg spinner Devendra Bishoo has said that the pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium is a batting friendly where the bowlers need to be patient in order to get wickets.
Can Walsh inspire new crop of Windies pacers?
The present West Indies fast bowling ensemble can justifiably be called one of the weakest ever in their Test history. The trio of skipper Jason Holder (21 wickets from 12 Tests), Shannon Gabriel (34 from 16) and Carlos Brathwaite (1 from 2) is anything but intimidating.
To do well, you need big heart and captain's backing: Dhawan
Dhawan scored a polished 84 and is certainly feeling a bit less pressure after there were unconfirmed reports that KL Rahul, with back-to-back half-centuries in practice games will replace him in the playing XI.