Wednesday, 26 January 2022

India sweep series with big win over West Indies

KINGSTON: India completed an emphatic 2-0 series sweep against West Indies when they won the second Test by 257 runs in Jamaica after the hosts’ batsman Darren Bravo retired hurt and was replaced by a concussion substitute.

With the result, Virat Kohli became the most successful India captain with 28 Test wins. Kohli praised his four-pronged attack of pace bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami and spinner Ravindra Jadeja for their performances. “If we didn’t have the bowlers we have, these results wouldn’t have been possible,” Kohli said. “Our bowlers are amazing. Captaincy is just a C in front of your name. It’s the collective effort that matters.”

Bumrah took 13 wickets in the series at an average of 9.2, including a hat-trick on Saturday, while Sharma had 11 wickets, Shami nine and Jadega six. Kohli also lauded the batting by inexperienced number six Hanuma Vihari, who made 111 and 53 not out in the second Test and was named Man of the Match.

“He’s someone who is sure of his game and it shows. The dressing room feels calm when he’s batting. That’s a quality he possesses naturally,” he said. “Accepts and corrects his mistakes. Plays with a lot of heart. It’s a very young career so far but he’s shown why he’s been backed and selected in this team.”

India dominated the short two-Test series, part of the inaugural World Test Championship, having won the opening encounter in Antigua by 318 runs. India also extended their unbeaten streak against West Indies to 23 Tests. They last lost to the Caribbean team in Kingston in 2002. But the result was overshadowed by Bravo’s decision to retire hurt at Sabina Park in Kingston.

The left-hander was struck on the helmet by a short delivery from Bumrah in the final over on Sunday, but batted on and saw out the last two balls. He returned for the start of day four, but lasted only three overs before deciding to retire hurt on 23 and left the field to be examined by a doctor, who diagnosed concussion. Jermaine Blackwood was named as a concussion substitute and went out to bat following the fall of the fourth wicket.

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