In the first Test between West Indies and India at Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica, the West Indies team faced a series of setbacks after captain Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and chose to bat. Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul cautiously started their innings. Chanderpaul was dismissed by India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. When he was on 12 runs and the team’s score was 31.
Ashwin, a seasoned bowler, took the wicket by delivering a skillfully tossed-up ball that dismantled Chanderpaul’s stumps. Interestingly, this was not the first time Ashwin had dismissed a Chanderpaul. Twelve years ago, during Ashwin’s Test debut in Delhi, he had also dismissed Tagenarine’s father, the renowned Shivnarine Chanderpaul, by trapping him plumb in front of the stumps. With this feat, Ashwin became the first Indian bowler to dismiss both a father and son in Test cricket.
Moreover, Ashwin achieved another significant milestone in the match. By surpassing Anil Kumble’s record of 94 bowled dismissals, he now holds the record for the most bowled dismissals by an Indian bowler in Test cricket. These accomplishments highlight Ashwin’s remarkable skills and contributions to the Indian cricket team.
India dominate proceedings on Day 1
In the first session of Day 1, the visiting team dominated the game. By lunchtime, West Indies had lost four wickets and could only score 68 runs in 28 overs. Ravichandran Ashwin took the wickets of Chanderpaul and Brathwaite, while Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Reifer and Blackwood, respectively.
After the lunch break, the West Indies faced further setbacks as Ravindra Jadeja struck again. Dissmissing Joshua Da Silva who could only manage a couple of runs in his brief 13-ball stay. India, aiming for a positive start to the World Test Championship 2023-2025 cycle after their defeat in the previous edition’s final, displayed sharp fielding skills and hoped to build on their strong start throughout the match. Earlier in the day, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ishan Kishan received their maiden Test caps, and it will be interesting to observe their batting performance as the opportunity arises.
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