Indian cricket team led by Rohit Sharma playing with West Indies in the second and final test match of the two-leg series on Thursday (July 20) at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
This will be a historic event as India and the West Indies are set to play their 100th Test match. While star Indian striker Virat Kohli is also set to play the landmark 500th international match of his illustrious career.
India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights
- West Indies won the toss and invited Rohit Sharma and his team to bat first in the 2nd test.
- Shardul Thakur couldn’t get into the top 11 and didn’t qualify due to pain in his left groin.
- Right Bengali pacer Mukesh Kumar was included in the Playing XI as a replacement for Shardul Thakur.
- Mukesh Kumar, who has been knocking on the door of the national team for quite some time, will make his debut in India and thus become the 308th player to play for India in the red ball format.
- A few changes in the West Indies playing eleven in the 2nd Test. Shannon Gabriel and debutant Kirk McKenzie will be looking to shore up the spin bowling department in Wisconsin.
- Indian rookies Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal gave their team another positive start, earning 50 runs for the second time in a row.
- Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal, centurions from the first test, slammed their half-century in the morning session and shared another centenary milestone.
- Indian starting couples with the most stands in the away series
2 – Sunil Gavaskar-Chetan Chauhan (England, 1979)
2 – Virender Sehwag-Aakash Chopra (Australia, 2003/04)
2 – Virender Sehwag-Wasim Jaffer (West Indies, 2006)
2 – Rohit Sharma-Yashasvi Jaiswal (West Indies 2023)
- India remains undefeated at 121 in 26 overs and hasn’t lost a single wicket.
- Rohit Sharma also outclassed former India captain M.S. Dhoni and became India’s 5th highest scoring player in international cricket.
- India loses their first wicket with 139 over 31.4 overs and Yashasvi Jaiswal loses to Jason Holder by 57.
- Shubman Gill is 10 behind Joshua de Silva’s wicket and Kemar Roach was rewarded for bowling with a perfect line. India lost their second wicket by 153.
- India captain Rohit Sharma missed out on a well-deserved century as he was outmaneuvered by spinner Jomen Varrikan and lost by 80 points. India lost their third wicket by 155.
- Virat Kohli, who is in his 500th time with the national team, faced 21 deliveries before scoring his landmark performance.
- 200 came for India for losing 4 wickets in 58 overs.
- India finished the day’s game 288/4 in 84 overs and lost no wickets in the third session after mini-baiting failed in the second session.
- Kohli 87* is 13 years short of his 76th international century in his landmark 500th international game.
- The West Indian bowlers did well on a surface that was good for batting. They came up with the best game plan in the second session, were rewarded, and have been checking progress ever since.