Holder puts Windies batsmen on notice ahead of second test
The Caribbean fans have certainly seen better days, and that was exactly the case in North Sound where the hosts were made a laughingstock. Skipper Jason Holder didn’t hold back in a press conference, “Our batsmen need to look at themselves seriously in the mirror” after a dismal batting display in the second innings saw them last just 26.5 overs at the crease. On the other side of the fence, India appears to be gaining plenty of momentum after dominant performances from both Ajinkya Rahane and Jasprit Bumrah ended any hope the Windies had of upsetting the No. 1 ranked test team in the world. The Windies must bring some competitiveness to Kingston, otherwise they’ll continue to be criticized and ridiculed by supporters and the media.
A 318-run loss on home soil is a horrendous outcome, despite playing the No. 1 ranked test side in the world that’s no excuse in terms of what they dished up in the second innings with the bat. They were set a sizeable-total of 419 runs to chase, India happened to bounce back in the second innings declaring on 343/7. So what did we take out of the first test? Well, firstly the West Indian batsmen are no match for India’s world-class bowling attack. The danger signs were already there in the first innings when all-rounder Roston Chase was the only batsman in the Windies top six to make a decent contribution (48) to the scoreboard. The second innings was just a complete horror show, a sequel to the first if you like. Seven out of eight Windies batsmen/all-rounders were sent back to the change rooms with single digits alongside their names, surprise surprise Roston Chase was the only man in double-digits. It’s frustrating because the Windies actually have a bowling attack that can compete, it’s their batting that continues to let them down. Don’t be surprised if the Windies make as many as three changes, Keemo Paul is almost a certainty to feature in Kingston.
In a spot of bother on day one at North Sound, Ajinkya Rahane and the lower order were able to stabilize the innings for India which probably set up the rest of the match in favor of the visitors. KL Rahul also played a crucial role at the top of the order when India found themselves at 3-25 after the key wicket of skipper Virat Kohli. There was plenty of debate surrounding the decision the leave out both Kuldeep Yadav and Ravi Ashwin in particular as specialist spinners. At the end of the day, Ravindra Jadeja contributed with both bat & ball and more importantly India won by 318 runs. Specialist batsman Ajinkya Rahane was under some pressure to perform with Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha sitting on the bench, only runs could guarantee his safety in the side. Rahane did exactly that with a man of the match performance in both innings, scores of 81 & 102 has well & truly penciled his name in as a certain starter in Kingston. Middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari was also a standout in the second innings scoring a career-high 93 alongside Rahane. Veteran quick Ishant Sharma was superb for India with the ball in the first innings claiming his ninth five-wicket haul in test cricket, teammate Jasprit Bumrah bettering his efforts in the second innings with a stunning 5/7! Every Indian bowler at the moment is a potential match-winner, that’s daunting….
FCN’s BEST FANTASY XI – 2nd test, West Indies vs India
- KL Rahul (batsman) IND
- Kraigg Brathwaite (batsman) WI
- Virat Kohli (batsman) IND
- Ajinkya Rahane (batsman) IND
- Shai Hope (wicketkeeper) WI
- Roston Chase (all-rounder) WI
- Hanuma Vihari (all-rounder) IND
- Jason Holder (all-rounder) WI
- Kemar Roach (bowler) WI
- Mohammed Shami (bowler) IND
- Jasprit Bumrah (bowler) IND
Predicted Team XI’s
West Indies (possible) – 1. Kraigg Brathwaite 2. John Campbell 3. Shai Hope 4. Darren Bravo 5. Roston Chase 6. Shimron Hetmyer 7. Shane Dowrich/Rahkeem Cornwall 8. Jason Holder (c) 9. Keemo Paul 10. Kemar Roach 11. Shannon Gabriel.
India (possible) – 1. KL Rahul 2. Mayank Agarwal 3. Cheteshwar Pujara 4. Virat Kohli (c) 5. Ajinkya Rahane 6. Hanuma Vihari 7. Rishabh Pant/Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 8. Ravindra Jadeja/Ravi Ashwin 9. Ishant Sharma 10. Mohammed Shami 11. Jasprit Bumrah.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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