Ravichandran Ashwin produced an amazing display of skill and dominance to guide India to an innings and 141-run victory over the West Indies in the first Test in Dominica.
Ashwin’s incredible seven-wicket haul in the second innings demonstrated his unwavering control over a weakened West Indies team. The win was not only India’s biggest margin of victory in a Test match in the West Indies, but also extended their unbeaten streak against the Caribbean team to more than two decades.
India had expected a better batting performance from the West Indies after declaring their first innings at 421 for five. However, they faltered in the face of Ashwin’s relentless bowling attack and were bundled out for a modest 130 in just 50 overs. Ashwin’s exceptional figures of seven for 71 in 21.3 overs, his best performance in overseas Tests, demonstrated his unmatched ability with the ball.
The match was highlighted by a brilliant debut from Yashasvi Jaiswal, who scored a brilliant 171. His extraordinary innings lasted for over eight hours and was instrumental in establishing India’s position of strength. Jaiswal’s efforts earned him the Man of the Match award.
Reflecting on his excellent debut, Jaiswal expressed his feelings saying, “This experience has been a special moment. I used to think of playing for my country when I was younger. It is an emotional moment for me. , But this is just the beginning.”
In contrast, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite acknowledged his team’s disappointment, saying “I didn’t think it would spin too much at the start; we just let ourselves down with the bat. The senior guys, starting with myself Gotta lead.” We have to use the bat more than our pads.
The win has set India up for the second and final Test starting July 20 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. With an impeccable record against the West Indies since 2002, India will aim to maintain their dominance in the World Test Championship and secure crucial points.
Ashwin’s success as well as the constant support of Ravindra Jadeja put constant pressure on the home team. The West Indies batsmen struggled to cope with quality spin bowling on a helpful pitch, which eventually led to their defeat.
As the match drew to a close, Ashwin got Jomel Warrican lbw to end the game appropriately. His figures of 12 for 131 in this Test further cemented his reputation as one of the finest spin bowlers in the world.