WI vs IND: “There was not any help for pacers on the wicket” – Mohammed Siraj after series win against West Indies

WI vs IND: "There was not any help for pacers on the wicket" - Mohammed Siraj after series win against West Indies
WI vs IND: "There was not any help for pacers on the wicket" - Mohammed Siraj after series win against West Indies

WI vs IND: “There was not any help for pacers on the wicket” – Mohammed Siraj after series win against West Indies

WI vs IND: Following India’s series win against West Indies, Mohammed Siraj, the Indian pacer who received the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his exceptional five-wicket haul, acknowledged the lack of assistance for pacers on the pitch. Despite the challenging conditions, picking up wickets in such situations boosted his confidence. After the rain disrupted play on the final day of the second Test in Port of Spain, the match ended in a draw, resulting in India clinching the two-match Test series 1-0.

“This is my first Player of the Match award in Tests, very pleased. There was not much help for the pacers. I kept my plans simple and executed. When you pick wickets in conditions like this, you get loads of confidence. Rohit bhai asked me to believe in myself, not take any pressure and enjoy,” said Siraj in the post-match presentation.

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.

WI vs IND: “There was not any help for pacers on the wicket” – Mohammed Siraj

In India’s second innings, they declared at 181/2, with Ishan Kishan (52* in 34 balls) and Shubman Gill (29*) remaining unbeaten. 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. India remarkably crossed the 100-run mark in just 12.2 overs, making it the fastest by any team in Test cricket history.

In the first innings, West Indies 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 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 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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