India crush West Indies inside 3 days

Silvia Morton
October 11, 2018

With India scheduled to play a bulk of global games in Australia, New Zealand and again at home against Australia and Zimbabwe before the IPL next year, the players face a huge task of keeping themselves fit.

Earlier, Kohli made 139 while Jadeja remained unbeaten on 100, marking the occasion with a leap in the air followed by his trademark bat-swirling celebration.

On the other hand, the West Indies need to come out with something special to challenge the confident Indian team.

Russell, however, has been ruled out of all 50-over format due to injury and Alzarri Joseph will undergo a fitness test before leaving for India.

Shifting focus to the second Test against West Indies, starting on Friday, Kohli was thrilled with the way the younger players in the team were performing.

West Indies have recalled seasoned batsmen Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo to the T20 global squad for the three-match rubber against India after explosive opener Chris Gayle "declined selection".

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"Jaddu (Jadeja) as well - he has got important runs for us before and we wanted him to get three figures". He also impressed in Delhi Daredevils colours in IPL 2018, scoring 245 runs from nine matches at a stunning strike rate of 153.12.

Young batsman Hanuma Vihari, who was preferred over Karun Nair in the fifth Test match against England at The Oval, has also not been included in the squad.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder on Wednesday took a dig at his team's critics, pointing out that even a far superior Caribbean outfit of the 90's, including the legendary Brian Lara, couldn't win a Test series in India.

When Shannon Gabriel was stumped off Ashwin, the Windies were facing a massive deficit of 468 runs and requiring nothing short of a miracle to save the game.

Not only Kohli, the team management and the selectors are working in tandem to rest more cricketers. "I think that's probably the balance in Test match batting that I've experienced and something that you have to keep switching according to the conditions that you're playing in".

"We didn't play well in the first game but are looking to fight back in the second", Chase said a day ahead of the game in Hyderabad. "The only way we can silence the critics - or try to silence them because I don't think they'll ever shut up - is by playing cricket". We probably haven't won as many series as we'd like.

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