Twitter Reactions: India crush Windies by a record margin in Rajkot Test

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav starred in India’s biggest-ever Test triumph as they thrashed Windies by an innings and 272 runs inside three days in the opening match on Saturday.


The visitors were bowled out for 196 early in the final session while following on, to trail the two-match series 1-0. They were dismissed for 181 in their first innings in response to India’s 9-649 declared. Kuldeep returned figures of 5/57 with his left-arm wrist spin, his first five-for in his fourth Test since making his debut against Australia last year.

He led an inspired spin attack with Jadeja claiming three wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin taking two.


Opener Kieran Powell fought a lonely battle to score 83 runs before becoming Kuldeep’s fifth victim in another disappointing batting show by the Caribbean side.

Ashwin, who returned figures of 4-37 in West Indies’ first innings, sent back stand-in skipper Kraigg Brathwaite for 10 before lunch and then got Devendra Bishoo at the stroke of tea.

Kuldeep then rattled the opposition’s top and middle order including big wickets of Powell, Sunil Ambris for nought and Roston Chase, who had top-scored for Windies in the first innings with his gritty 53.

India’s batsmen ensured the world’s number one side dominated the match after centuries by debutant opener Prithvi Shaw, skipper Virat Kohli and Jadeja.

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