Sunil Gavaskar pained by West Indies's struggle in Test cricket vs India


Indian Skipper Virat Kohli scored his 24th Test hundred on Friday on day 2 of India vs West Indies 1st Test at Rajkot. By the time stumps were called in Rajkot they had left the visitors sapped, as they stamped their authority with both and ball to take cruise control of the proceedings.

Jadeja though hit the stumps with the batsman well short of the crease but his teasing act tested the nerves of the Indian fielders including Kohli. Rishabh Pant is batting alongside him.

Shaw reached the landmark with two runs off paceman Keemo Paul and pumped his fist in response to the home crowd's standing ovation.

The Indian captain also found his touch with a trademark cover-drive off Gabriel signalling his intentions. En route his milestone, he made and broke a few records - he was the second fastest to reach the 24th mark, in 123 innings after Don Bradman, who needed just 66 innings.

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"I can't think what would have happened if I hadn't hit the stumps, but then I threw it and luckily it hit the stumps", Jadeja further added. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Parthiv Patel were younger than Shaw when they got their maiden Test half-centuries, but not on debut. Kraigg Braithwaite got bowled for just two runs, while Kieran Powell was trapped leg before wicket two overs later leaving West Indies at 7 for 2.

With the cushion of such a massive total, the hosts went on the attack from the word go and were rewarded instantly. In the 10 over of the match, when Shimron Hetmyer was on the crease batting for West Indies, Jadeja chose to tease the batsman who was in the bid of sneaking a single after Jadeja got the ball. With wickets tumbling rather alarmingly, Ambris chose to take Ashwin and slammed him for two fours - one over extra cover and the other over deep midwicket.

Showing a penchant for counter-attack, Chase struck four fours - mostly lofted hits down the ground - in a breezy 38-ball knock while Dowrich was more watchful in his 35-ball innings.

Mohammed Shami picked up two wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav picked up one wicket each.