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A dominating outing in St. Lucia on the fifth day meant that India simply rampaged over the West Indies to seal the game. It was an utterly strong performance from the Indian outfit as the batsmen began by quickly adding some runs to the overnight total. Ajinkya Rahane played a rapid knock as his half century propelled India to post a decent target for the hosts.
West Indies never seemed to be in contention and that was evident by their negative approach. The Indian bowlers didn’t take long to wrap up the formalities and by the virtue of the win, have now won the series 2-0.
In the post match conference, Indian skipper Virat Kohli made an interesting point as he said that flamboyant batsman Rohit Sharma would be given an extended run. Kohli also apparently said that he would bat at number 3 with the long term perspective in mind. “We understood that a player like Rohit needs to be backed, and that meant that I had to go to No. 3,” said Kohli. “I would like to bat at No. 3. Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) is solid for us at No. 4 and Rohit is dangerous at No. 5. I don’t mind taking responsibility and batting ahead.”
“Ashwin has 4 hundreds and he has scored runs at important points. Saha is such a nice guy and never has anything to say about anyone. Never cribs. Happy for him. On a wicket like this, getting 5 wickets was commendable. He showed that batsmen will make mistake if you hit consistent lengths. He didn’t take pressure. We lost early wickets in this Test and we sould like to change that – we will think on that. But I am being too critical at the moment,” said Kohli about the overall performance.
- Ashwin was named the Man of the Match for his all round show, and he was delighted with the win. “When we ended the day 1 on 230/1, we knew we had a great chance in this game. It looked like a slow wicket from the outside but there was enough. We were bowling good lines and it paid off in a heap. We have a great comradery in the team. Nobody is afraid of speaking their mind in this team and that is being done by the top team management,” said Ashwin.