5 standout moments from India-West Indies series

A 2-0 away win, to lay the foundation of a home series to follow in the near future, cannot by any means be called a bad start. India, might not have ended the tour to the Caribbean with the kind of resounding series margin that they would have liked, but the Test series certainly has seen some fabulous cricket from the ViratKohli-led side. Yes, West Indies, are still laying seeds for their revival in the format, but there is nothing to be taken away from India after they put together some worth appreciating performances in the Caribbean Islands. From Antigua to Gros Islet, (of course not Port of Spain), the Indians were top notch at all times, ticking all the boxes. Here are some moments that seized it for the visitors.

Kohli announces his arrival on the Island

India’s Test captain had been in a sensational run-of-form in limited-overs cricket as the team headedinto the West Indies tour. He had been India’s best batsmen in the T20 World Cup 2016, and just as it finished he owned the IPL, grabbing the Orange Cap as well. In his very first innings of the tour at Antigua, Kohli though,lead India’s batting from the front. He scored his first double-hundred in First-Class cricket and announced his arrival in fashion. A wonderfully well knit, paced, delightful knock of 200 was instrumental in handing India a 1-0 lead in the series. Watch: Virat Kohli plundering his maiden Test double ton

Wriddhiman Saha shows his worth

The short-height wicketkeeper-batsman, Wriddhiman Saha, for whom it might even take years to come out of the shadows of MS Dhoni, and make his name, certainly did justice to the faith selectors have shown in him. Saha affected six dismissals in West Indies’ first innings at Antigua. He didn’t stop there though. He went on to register his maiden hundred when India was in trouble in the third Test. His partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin not only rescued India but also showed maturity on his part. His approach to short balls from the West Indies bowlers was worth acknowledging as well. All in all, Saha has not only earned Kohli’s faith, he has cemented his place in the side.

Ravichandran Ashwin: Anil Kumble’s investment for the future

Ravichandran Ashwin was India’s stand out performer in the recently concluded Test series. How he converted wickets to fifers and runs to hundreds was perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of his performances. Ashwin has walked out of the series as a different player. A team player of the highest order, Ashwin chipped in every time India needed him to. Promoted up the order since the first Test, Ashwin delivered on Kumble’s faith and the latter’s move has reaped great benefits so far. With his sixth Man of the Series award, Ashwin again proved why he is India’s trump card and Test cricket’s No.1 all-rounder. ALSO READ: R Ashwin and 9 other Indians with most Man of the Series awards in Tests

Roston Chase’ heroics makes draw seem like triumph

Having lost the first Test by an innings and 92 runs, Jason Holder’s men were staring at an another successive defeat in front of Jamaica crowd in the second Test. That was when Roston Chase, a 24-year old dig in deep, while finding support from the lower-order and pulled out a draw for his team. Not only did he manage to frustrate the Indians, he walked towards the home crowd as an uncrowned King, a warrior. Chase’s knock even managed to bring out words of appreciation from the Indian captain and coach.

He went on to become the first West Indian player since the great Garry Sobers to score a hundred and take a five-for in the same Test.

Alzarri Joseph starts on the right note

19-year-old Alzarri Joseph burst on to the limelight in a spectacular manner. Playing in his debut Test match at St Lucia, Joseph’s first wicket was none other than India’s best batsman, Kohli. A surprising delivery that perhaps, got a bit of extra bounce did the trick for Joseph, and Kohli was made to look ugly. He troubled Kohli during his short stay at the crease. With an Under-19 championship already under his belt, Joseph showed that his ‘Caribbean dream’ has just started. His pace and swing certainly make him a bowler to watch out for in the future.

Karan Dewana reporter with CricketCountry, loves following and playing sports. He is a Team India fan and loves winning. Follow him on his twitter handle @karan13dewan)