Tea India 649 for 6 dec. (Kohli 139, Shaw 134, Jadeja 100 *, Pant 92) v West Indies
Former West Indian captain Courtney Walsh is impressed with the impulse of Virat Kohli to keep the batter races effortless
Virat Kohli brought another century-long unavoidable aspect, scoring 139 of 230 balls, a more than acceptable pace in the Test cricket, but seemed decidedly pedestrian against the dominance of Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja of an attack from the West Indies hit and bruised. Pant fell in 92 of 84 balls, and Jadeja finally pulled out his first hundred, of 132 balls, while India declared its entries in 649, its highest total in the test cricket against the West Indies. The West Indies observed 29 tests before the stumps.
As is often the case with entries of such intention of attack, Pant enjoyed a bit of luck. Sherman Lewis bothered him with the short ball for about one, and Keemo Paul beating his bat, as a result, it was the most competitive, albeit fleeting, period of play in this test. India started without problems on the second morning, when Lewis began to test Pant with the short ball. In a slow pitch, it should hardly have mattered, but once Pant reached an upper edge that did not reach the deep square leg, there was an excess of uncertainty, where one edge did not slip, and another width of the bowler. In the next, Paul picked him up and Pant threw his hands without feet. Beaten.
With almost 400 on the board, Pant kept playing his shots, and when they came out they looked amazing. The shaking of the pads was the most productive against the rhythm, and once the West Indies turned again, Pant was on top of them. In midwicket, in mid-on, entering the limit for a long time. At one point, Pant threatened to beat Kohli until the century despite starting on day 49 back. Eventually, there was only one shot, as he could not pick a Devendra Bisho in the googly and beat a Hoick.
There was no such uncertainty around the one hundred Kohli. It seemed like a batting practice for him. Barely challenged by bowling and conditions. It was like a session in which a batter is trying to reinforce the basic concepts of networks. Leave only the wide balls; drive if it is too full; If it's a straight touch, close the bat's face late. He ran hard There were enough bad balls in the middle for him to take no chances when trying to pressure the player. His century was number 24, which took him beyond Virender Sehwag in the list of most centuries for India, and placed him behind only Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
Only in its eighth limit, Kohli crossed 1000 races for the third consecutive year. He started taking risks now. Having survived a capture back before lunch, he chose an error and hit him in midwicket for four. He started to walk against the pace, and finally got an advantage that ended with his tickets.
At a 64-race stand with Kohli, Jadeja had already established himself in the field. As the windows fell at the other end, he finally gave Bishoo some reward for his uncomplicated work that gave him 4 by 217, the second most expensive figure for the West Indies, Jadeja became increasingly adventurous. The half century passed without incident, his sword dance reminded him of his promise that he had something special planned to celebrate a hundred.
Thanks to his race pace, India had plenty of time to allow Jadeja a shot at 100. but by then they had already lost eight windows. However, Jadeja found support from Umesh Yadav, as they added 55 for the ninth gate. Jadeja showed the required urgency, hitting the second ball he faced after his fifty-six in Bishoo's head. That was the first of his five sixes. He went from 50 to 98 in 34 balls, despite rejecting the singles when he batted with No. 11 Mohammed Shami.
The fact that the West Indies were a great quantity demonstrated in how poor their captaincy was. The first ball that Shami faced was the 26th of his association. The field did not change at all at the end of the spikes, allowing Jadeja to take the single and retain the strike. Shami maintained her part of the bargain, allowing Jadeja to reach one hundred. It turned out that the celebration was joyful, and included a long look at the heavens above, but did not add any variant to his sword dance.