WI vs IND, 2nd Test: “You need guys to stabilise innings like Virat Kohli” – Rohit Sharma after series win over West Indies

WI vs IND, 2nd Test: "You need guys to stabilise innings like Virat Kohli" - Rohit Sharma after series win over West Indies
WI vs IND, 2nd Test: "You need guys to stabilise innings like Virat Kohli" - Rohit Sharma after series win over West Indies

WI vs IND, 2nd Test: “You need guys to stabilise innings like Virat Kohli” – Rohit Sharma after series win over West Indies

WI vs IND, 2nd Test: After his team’s Test series win against West Indies, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma praised Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli for their exceptional performances with the bat in the match, despite their different playing styles.

Unfortunately, continuous rain prevented any play on the final day of the second Test between India and West Indies, which was held in Port of Spain on Tuesday. As a result, the match ended in a draw, securing a 1-0 series victory for India in the two-match Test series.

“You need guys like Ishan (Kishan). We wanted quick runs, we promoted him, he was not afraid. He was the first one to put his hand up. In Test matches, you need guys who stabilise the innings like what Virat (Kohli) did, he played superbly. You need a mixture of everything. We have depth, we have got variety. We are in the right place. It is about getting the job done. I always believe in getting better as a team. I said after the World Test Championship final as well,” said Rohit in the post-match presentation.
Rohit expressed how unfortunate it was that the teams did not get to play as the rain had the final say.

“Every win is different. Playing in WI has its own challenge. Happy with the way things went. We gave it a good shot, unfortunately, we could not get any play today. We actually went out with a positive intent yesterday. The rain had its final say. We were quite confident. You know how difficult it is batting last. We always wanted that kind of score where we wanted the opposition to go for it. There was not much on the surface. No play today, unfortunate for us,” he said.

Talking about ‘Player of the Match’ Mohammed Siraj, Rohit said that he has “taken such a giant step” and led the attack well.

“I do not want anyone to lead the attack. I want everyone to lead when they are having the ball in their hand. Also you want the entire pace battery to take responsibility,” he added.

WI vs IND: “You need guys to stabilise innings like Virat Kohli” – Rohit Sharma

Rohit said that his team has played consistent cricket. “That is what we are looking at. We want to focus on all three aspects of the game. Also we need to be a good fielding unit. Bowlers – how they respond under pressure. What sort of mindset do batters go in with under challenging conditions? That is what I am looking forward to,” he added.

Earlier, India had set a formidable target of 365 runs for West Indies to win the match, and on day four, the Windies lost two wickets in the final session. By the end of the day’s play, West Indies were at 76/2, with Tagenarine Chanderpaul (24*) and Jermaine Blackwood (20*) at the crease.

During the match, West Indies made a decent start, but Ravichandran Ashwin (2/33) intervened to dismiss Kraigg Braithwaite (28) and Kirk McKenzie (0), reducing West Indies to 44/2.

In India’s second innings, they declared at 181/2, with Ishan Kishan (52* in 34 balls) and Shubman Gill (29*) remaining unbeaten. Moreover, with a lead of 364 runs, India set a target of 365 runs for the Windies to chase.

India’s batsmen, including Rohit Sharma (57 in 44 balls) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (38 in 30 balls), also played quick and impactful innings. However, India remarkably crossed the 100-run mark in just 12.2 overs. Also making it the fastest by any team in Test cricket history.

In the first innings, West Indies were bundled out for just 255 runs in response to India’s total of 438, trailing by 183 runs at that point. Skipper Kraigg Braithwaite top-scored for the Windies with 75 in 235 balls. And Alick Athanaze (37), Tagenarine Chanderpaul (33), and Kirk McKenzie (32) also contributed with decent knocks.

Mohammed Siraj emerged as the standout bowler for India, taking an impressive 5/60. Mukesh Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja claimed two wickets each, while Ravichandran Ashwin secured one wicket.

India’s first-innings total of 438 was bolstered by a century from Virat Kohli (121 in 206 balls) and half-centuries from skipper Rohit Sharma (80 in 143 balls), Yashasvi Jaiswal (57 in 74 balls), Ravindra Jadeja (61 in 152 balls), and also Ravichandran Ashwin (56 in 78 balls).

Jomel Warrican (3/89) was the most successful bowler for the West Indies. While Kemar Roach (3/104) and Jason Holder (2/57) also contributed with wickets.

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