India in West Indies Test Series – 1st Test
If the One day series was a dead rubber and what more one can expect from the test series between two teams facing contrasting futures . The only thing that keeps west indies an interesting team is all because of the fiasco between gayle and board. India, the team which was widely critcised for not producing a genuine fast or swing bowler suddenly looks like a team which has everything in it’s armory . As a cricket fan i am happy that India has sent it’s almost top side for the test series giving respect for the game.
This test match did had some interesting things.The two delhi openers who couldn’t make it to the tour was replaced by two Tamil Nadu opener’s . But Dehi’s dominance cannot be forgotten in Indian cricket nowadays as “Future of India” Virat Kohli received the hopnour of wearing the Indian test cap, along with A.Mukund and P.Kumar. MSD back after a brief resting period walked for the toss and eventually batted first winning it.The young pair of Vijay and mukund could do anything against the swing and it seemed nobody was ready for it either as India was sudeenly looking down the barrel with a scoreline of 85/6 and thats where the ODI captain of the tour stepped up to his game and Bhajji providing the solid support to him upped the score until bhajji succumbed to edwards holing one in the deep on 70 with the score reading 231/7. Then P.kumar,Mishra and Ishanth could do verry little as India settled for a score of 246 with Raina being the last man to go if not for a beauty of a catch by Bishoo for 83.Bishoo was the most impressive bowler and mark my words “He is playing towards Greatness ” and i could not imagine a West Indian team without him atleast for 10 yrs. as for as Spinners place is considered in the WI “It is taken”.
Then came West Indies with the highly rated Adrain bharath opening the innings and yes indeed he did live up to it scoring a 64 but no other batsmen showed any type of resilience towards Indian bowling and as soon as barath was gone chnderpaul adn baugh tried to restore some pride and Praveen was red hot to handle and triggered a collapse and praveen could do nothing wrong except for running of the pitch and he did that 3 times and Rudi was in no mood to excuse and was prohibited to bowl anymore in the innings.bhajji,ishanth & mishra cleaned off the others and West indies were bundled out in the second day of the match providing the most crucial first innings lead to India and that too 73 runs.
Then came the Indian openers and Vijay got a dipper right away and was too unlucky to have missed out once again but mukund credited his selection with an decent batting display and India again succumbed to a early collapse with the scoreboard reading at one point 57-3 then virat joined dravid and left when the score was 100 and their were some litlle partnerships that pummeled India second innings and the only thing in common in all those partnership’s was Dravid and what more can we ask him from a legend a 100 in second innings in a pitch which was assisting swing and stoping for the spinners . Dravid was asusual at his classy best and carried on until the end and a surprise six of his willow,Dravid was the last man to go and he went off in an Un-Dravid manner holing ut in the deep. Again Bishoo took 4 of the Indian wickets and sammy gave somekind of partnership this time .India finished the innings at 252 setting the Windies a target of 326 in apitch which is breaking up and there was a very meagre chance that Windies could turn the heat in the 4th innings that too with their batting line up.
The start of the Windies 4th innings was more than surprise for many as Barath hurried off to a real quick start(sehwag is remebered!)and that too a good one until he fell when the score was 62 and the collapse was about to start until bravo and chanderpaul straightened things up and that too lasted for a while as Bravo was cleaned up Praveen who started yet another Windies collapse and suddenly the scoreboard read 150-6 . Then sammy lit up the momentum sending bhajji for the cleaners three consecutive times before being sent back and there was another collapse as b’day boy Baugh got a duck for present , nash went without much adeu and the score was 188-8 and India was waiting to finish the formalities but the tail wagged a little much more and rampaul went back caught behind to a scorcher of a bouncer which was not a short ball(confusing right!) and atlast given out and edwards along with bishoo actually crated tremors down the spine as they continued their innings without any kind of problem from spin or swing but the hope didn’t last long as Raina was their too clean up the wood work of Bishoo.That’s It India Won by 63 runs.!!!Hurrah!!!.
The match was nothing but a good old test match on a seemingly bowler friendly pitch and Dravid the Btasmen was Adjudged the MoM rightly!
Bishoo impressed,praveen impressed,raina sizzled, bhajji entertained, mishra failed,ishanth was fierce and finally MSD won(yet again!). India now leads the series 1-0 and are very much poised to win it. Let’s Hope we have a intense match next time. “Let’s Hope”