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Statistical Review: West Indies vs India – Historic Day 4 of the first Test 

Statistical Review: West Indies vs India – Historic Day 4 of the first Test
West Indies vs India - Day 4 (1st Test)

On the day 4 of the 1st Test between West Indies vs India at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (North Sound, Antigua), India achieved a huge victory over the hosts West Indies. Starting the day at the overnight score 21/1 (following on), West Indies batsmen once again collapsed like on day 3 without putting a major fight on the pitch. West Indies had to make at least 323 runs in this innings to survive from an innings defeat in this Test, but the hosts bundled out for just 231 runs as India won the Test match by an innings and 92 runs.

India is leading the 4-match Test series by 1-0 after the end of the 1st Test.

Brief Scores: India – 566/8 decl. (Virat Kohli 200, Ravichandran Ashwin 113, Kraigg Brathwaite 3/65)

West Indies – 243 (Kraigg Brathwaite 74, Shane Dowrich 57*, Umesh Yadav 4/41) & 231 (Carlos Brathwaite 51*, Marlon Samuels 50, Ravichandran Ashwin 7/83)

Result – India won by an innings and 92 runs

Here are some statistical highlights are given below of the day 4 of 1st Test:

  1. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 7 wickets during the Caribbean’s 2nd innings of this Test. At the end of the West Indies 2nd innings of this Test, Ashwin’s bowling figure were 25-8-83-7. It was the best bowling figure by an Indian bowler in a Test innings in West Indies. The previous best Test innings bowling figure by an Indian bowler on the Caribbean soil was 7/162 by Subhash Gupte at Port of Spain in 1953. All the other important stats of Ashwin’s this 7/83 bowling figure are given in below:

i) Ashwin’s 7/83 is the 3rd best Test innings bowling figure by a visiting spinner in West Indies and 5th best Test innings bowling figure by a spinner (overall, including West Indies spinners) in West Indies.

ii) Also, Ashwin’s 7/83 is the 3rd best Test innings bowling figure by an Indian spinner in overseas Test. Only Erapalli Prasanna (8/76 against New Zealand at Auckland in 1976) and Anil Kumble’s (8/141 against Australia at Sydney in 2004) performances are ahead of him.

iii) Also, Ashwin’s this 7/83 bowling figure is his best Test innings bowling figures outside Asia and second best Test innings bowling figures in his Test career. Ashwin’s best Test innings bowling figure are 7/66 against South Africa at Nagpur in 2015.

 

  1. It was the second time for Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin that he scored a century and also claimed a 5-wicket haul in the same Test. Before this match, Ashwin achieved this once and that was also against West Indies at Mumbai in 2011. Before Ashwin, none of the Indian cricketers had done these all-round performances  twice in their Test career. Former Indian cricketers Vinoo Mankad and Polly Umrigar had done this once each.

 

  1. West Indies lower-order batsmen Carlos Brathwaite and Devendra Bishoo put up a fighting 95 run partnership for the 9th wicket in their 2nd innings. It was West Indies’ fifth-best 9th wicket Test partnership and third best 9th wicket Test partnership against India. It was also WI’s best 9th wicket Test partnership on their home soil.

Also, this 95 runs partnership was the second best 9th wicket Test partnership during a follow-on innings. The best 9th wicket Test partnership in a follow-on innings was 105 runs by Sri Lankan batsmen Nuwan Kulasekara and Chaminda Vass against England at Lord’s in 2006.

 

  1. Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha was involved in total 7 dismissals (6 in the 1st innings and 1 in the 2nd innings) during this Test match. It was the 12th time in Indian cricket history that a wicket-keeper is involved in at least 7 dismissals in a Test match. MS Dhoni holds the record of most no. of dismissals by an Indian wicket-keeper, which is 9 dismissals (against Australia at Melbourne in 2014). An Indian wicket-keeper has achieved 9 dismissals in a Test, once. The 8 dismissals in a Test for five times and 7 dismissals in a Test for other six times (including Saha’s above-mentioned feat)

 

  1. India won this Test by an innings and 92 runs. It was India’s largest Test victory (by an innings) outside Asia. India’s previous largest Test victory (by an innings) outside Asia was by an innings and 90 runs against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2005.

It is India’s 5th Test victory by an innings against West Indies. This Test victory is India’s third largest Test victory (by an innings) against West Indies. India’s other two largest victories (by an innings) against West Indies were by an innings and 126 runs in Mumbai in 2013 and by an innings and 112 runs in Mumbai in 2002.

 

  1. West Indies lost this Test against India by an innings and 92 runs. It is West Indies’ biggest Test defeat (by an innings) on their home soil. The West Indies’ previous biggest Test home defeat (by an innings) was by an innings and 86 runs against South Africa at Bridgetown in 2005.

 

  1. It was India’s maiden Test at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (North Sound, Antigua) and they achieved a huge victory on it. Playing their maiden Tests in the grounds outside Asia, it was India’s 5th win. Before this Test, India won thrice in New Zealand (Basin Reserve, Carisbrook and Eden Park) grounds and once in Zimbabwe (Bulawayo Athletic Club) ground when India had played their maiden Tests on those grounds.

Also, it was India’s 9th Test win when India played their maiden Tests on overseas grounds.

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