<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india">India</a>'s middle-order batsman and part-time offspinner, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jasprit-bumrah/">Hanuma Vihari, </a>has said that it is important for him to develop his bowling. The 25-year-old was preferred in the playing XI over Rohit Sharma as India did not play a frontline spinner. In case the team needed anyone to partner all-rounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravindra-jadeja/">Ravindra Jadeja</a>, Vihari would have bowled his offspin. <p></p> <p></p>"It is important that my off-spin keeps developing, not only for myself but for the team as I fit into the team just because of that combination. I'm trying to keep on improving and getting better at it. So, hopefully, I will get more overs and help the team in future," he said after the conclusion of the first Test match where <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-west-indies-2019-1st-test-jasprit-bumrah-runs-riot-after-ajinkya-rahanes-ton-as-india-thump-west-indies-to-take-1-0-lead-in-series-884425">India thumped the West Indies by 318 runs</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Vihari showed the first glimpse of his bowling on his debut against England, where he claimed three wickets in 9.3 overs. He dismissed <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/alastair-cook/">Alastair Cook</a> (147) and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/joe-root/">Joe Root</a> (125) on consecutive deliveries and also sent back <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sam-curran/">Sam Curran</a> (21). He wasn't the first preference in the home series against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india">West Indies</a> and on the tour of Australia but pipped Rohit in West Indies. <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_884501" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-884501" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/hanuma-vihari-bcco-1.png" alt="Hanuma Vihari, Ajinkya Rahane" width="628" height="394" /> Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane put up for the fifth wicket. @BCCI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>The Andhra Pradesh-born also complemented <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ajinkya-Rahane/">Ajinkya Rahane</a> for helping him out on the fourth day of the Test, where the duo put up 135 runs for the fifth wicket after India lost the wicket of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a> off <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/roston-chase/">Roston Chase</a>. <p></p> <p></p>"Rahane was helping me out with the way bowlers were bowling because he batted for a long time in the first innings as well. He was helping me out with what the wicket was playing like. <p></p> <p></p>"I came here early with India A team so I had that experience of these conditions and that came handy for me. I know how the wicket would play and I was fortunate enough to get those runs for the team," Vihari added, who missed out on scoring his maiden Test ton by seven runs. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Also Read: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-west-indies-2019-1st-test-bumrah-eager-to-keep-on-learning-his-craft-holder-wants-west-indies-to-stop-making-excuses-884456">1st Test: Bumrah eager to 'keep on learning his craft', Holder wants West Indies to 'stop making excuses'</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>India declared their innings on a score of 343/7, asking the hosts to chase down 419. Jasprit Bumrah spearheaded the pace attack and toppled the West Indies with a spell of 8-4-7-5. None of the top five batsmen could reach the double-digit mark that saw the home side being bowled out for 100, losing the opening game by 318 runs. <p></p> <p></p>The second and final Test of the series will be played at Sabina Park, Jamaica starting on August 30.