Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (PTI Photo)

India captain Virat Kohli termed India’s massive victory against West Indies in the first Test on Saturday as a clinical performance as they won by an innings and 272 runs in Rajkot on Day 3. With this win, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Debutant Prithvi Shaw dazzled with a sparkling 134 on the opening day while allrounder Ravindra Jadeja also struck a maiden century. Then on Saturday, the spinners took over and Kuldeep Yadav went on to complete a maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.

“Happy that the guys put in a clinical performance,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation. “Especially delighted for Prithvi and Jaddu. The way Prithvi dominated on debut was great to see. He scored a century on Ranji debut and then on Duleep Trophy debut as well. He just grabs the opportunity with both hands. It’s exciting to see from a captain’s point of view.”

18-year-old Shaw was given the man-of-the-match. Jadeja too impressed hitting an unbeaten 100 on Friday, effecting a run out apart from taking four wickets in the Test.

“He’s [Jadeja] scored important runs for us in the past. We believe he can change games for us. He’s electrifying anyway, Kohli, who scored his 24th century, said.

In the first innings, Mohammed Shami provided India with two early wickets before the spinners took the centrestage. Kohli said he’s happy with the way the pacers and spinners have chipped in. “Pretty good. If you see the first innings, the way Shami and Umesh (Yadav) ran in. Spinners are clinical in these conditions anyway. Kuldeep was outstanding in the second innings, (Ravichandran) Ashwin in the first.

Kohli, however, isn’t much impressed with the new playing conditions as per which a batsman cannot take frequent drink breaks.

When asked the reason behind India’s excellent over rate, Kohli replied, “It was a bit to do with the umpires pushing us as well. With the new rule of not drinking water. The guys struggled a bit because of that, it was difficult for guys to bat 45 minutes without water. I’m sure they’ll look at those rules and adjust it for conditions, he said.