Twitter Reactions: Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and the bowlers put India into ascendancy
The match is likely to get over on the third day itself.
Updated - Oct 5, 2018 4:59 pm
It was always going to be a mismatch. The ongoing first Test between India and Windies might end on the third day itself with the way the visitors are batting. After being on the field for the most parts of the second day, their batsmen crumbled hopelessly and were six down with only 82 runs on the board in only 29 overs which were bowled in the last session of the day.
After the hosts declared on a mammoth total of 649 runs, the tired openers, Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell came out to bat with an aim to provide the team with a decent start. But their hopes were shattered in the third over itself as Mohammed Shami castled the opposition skipper for just two runs. The same bowler pinned the other opener in front of the stumps to leave them reeling at 7/2.
One felt that Windies batsmen will show some substance with two of their best batsmen, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer, in the middle, but that wasn’t the case as Ravi Ashwin disturbed the former’s furniture after which Hetmyer was involved in the hilarious mix-up with Sunil Ambris which reduced Windies to 32/4.
The slide didn’t stop as they further lost a couple more wickets to end the poor day on 92/6 with Roston Chase and Keemo Paul somehow saving their wicket until stumps.
Kohli and Jadeja notch up centuries
Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant resumed and continued to rack up runs easily. The latter was more enterprising in his approach as literally smacked the bowlers out of the park. Windies’ bowling didn’t look menacing at all and it seemed like they were waiting for the batsmen to make a mistake. Pant raced away to 92 with the help of eight fours and five sixes. But an ugly heave to send Devendra Bishoo out of the ground proved to be his undoing and missed out on an opportunity to score consecutive Test tons.
Meanwhile, Kohli was going through the processes quietly and soon notched up his 24th Test century in the whites. The amazing part of his knock was his patience as he only hit five boundaries on his way to the milestone. Ravindra Jadeja came out to bat at number seven and after getting his eye in, starting to open up his hands. Kohli and Ravi Ashwin feel quickly in the pursuit of quick runs which allowed the left-hander to play freely.
India aimed for a declaration but Jadeja’s assault after reaching his half-century kept Windies in the field. The team management wanted Jaddu to complete his first Test ton and he didn’t disappoint them. The sword celebration was unfurled twice in the day as he reached his first three-figure score for the first time in his Test career. Soon after some wonderful celebrations, Kohli decided to declare the innings with 649 runs on the board for the loss of nine wickets.
Twitterati was busy praising India for their dominance over the cricketers while the visitors were bashed for such a meek surrender.
Here’s how Twitter reacted during the course of the day:
Awfully sorry to use term ‘grovelling’ fr Windies..they seem to be doing entirely on their own.! Sorry guys U might’ve outlived the ‘sympathy’ wave..’tis time every1 under the Maroon Cap realised his/her responsibility to carve a way out of this rut..U’ve been n dumps too long!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) October 5, 2018
With all due respect to West Indies Cricket but I have a question for u all…will this west Indies team qualify for Ranji quarters from the plate group? Elite se to nahin hoga 🧐 #INDvsWI
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 5, 2018
Chalk and Cheese. #IndvWI
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 5, 2018
#INDvWI Looks like India playing against India Z.
— Sir Rohit Sharma (@SirRohitSharm13) October 5, 2018
This West Indies side is an embarrassment to Test cricket. Period. Its not just the score but the kind of shots and attitude of the batsmen. Need to call off the series ASAP. Let's just play a few extra t20 with them to compensate. #IndvWI #indvswi
— G. S. Vivek (@GSV1980) October 5, 2018
Sorry to say but WI is like India's punching bag. Whenever we have had a bad series we play them to feel good again. Always forgetting that series like these don't count towards winning against the top sides. The AUS and NZ tour will surely tell a different tale.#INDvWI
— Nelton D'Souza (@NeltonDSouza) October 5, 2018
Just saw the India score.. Jadeja ton, Kohli ton, Pant 92, India 649/9D and now have WI 77/6. Something tells me the West Indies could be made to follow on two or three times, and India still wouldn't need to bat again. Why are they playing India again? It's a net….. #INDvWI
— Jack Mendel (@Mendelpol) October 5, 2018
This match has seen a good contest between bat and ball so far. Just a pity that it has involved the batsmen and the bowlers from the same team. #INDvWI
— Kaushik Rangarajan (@kaushik_cb) October 5, 2018
India and Windies are batting on two different pitches. 🤔 💭 #INDvWI 🏏
— ᴀʟᴛᴇЯ Ǝɢᴏ ツ (@_heisenbong_) October 5, 2018
— Sain Rajput❄ (@RajputReal1) October 5, 2018
— $@(#!n (@tweetysachin) October 5, 2018
— Param (@Panjabisailor) October 5, 2018
Even loss in England was watchable#INDvWI
— divij (@pinku30855) October 5, 2018
So far #WI team looked listless. Really poor batting so far. Indian pacers too hot to handle and as usual spinners have got #WI in all sort of troubles.
2 wickets by @MdShami11 and 1 each by @ashwinravi99 @imjadeja @imkuldeep18 and a good run-out by Jaddu.
— Mohammed Arif Khan (@mdarifkhan87) October 5, 2018
Ravindra Jadeja in Rajkot..
— Subhasish (@i_mPups) October 5, 2018
Lol… ho gai Australia k lie practice…#INDvWI
— Vaishali♀ (@vaishali_45) October 5, 2018
6 wkt 🤣🤣🤣
Tapu Sena>>> Wi team#INDvWI
— • (@Dhoni_SRK) October 5, 2018
Well well! what do we have here?
Nothing actually. Go to sleep. #INDvWI
— Peeyush Agarwal (@Peeyush3Agarwal) October 5, 2018
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) October 5, 2018