Kraigg Brathwaite admitted that India showed them how to bat.
Kraigg Brathwaite admitted that India showed them how to bat.

After losing to India in under three days in the first Test of the two-match series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot on Saturday by an innings and 272 runs, West Indies’ stand-in skipper Kraigg Brathwaite admitted that India showed them how to bat.

“Not the best of starts, credit to India. They showed us how to bat,” said Braithwaite during the post-match presentation.

After India had amassed a mammoth 649 for 9 dec. in 149.5 overs, the West Indies batting unit could only add 377 in both their innings, lasting just 98.5 overs combined. They were bundled out for 181 in the first innings in 48 overs, while their second innings lasted 50.5 overs scoring 198. This means West Indies have failed to outlast the first new ball in their last seven outings in India.

“Quite disappointed. Didn’t get enough partnerships as a batting unit. Two or three partnerships would hold us very well. One thing we said in our meeting was to be as positive as possible,” said the 25-year-old opener who made 2 and 10 in the match.

West Indies were without their two most experienced bowlers with Kemar Roach out on bereavement leave, while regular skipper Jason Holder was ruled out of the first Test owing to a ankle injury he sustained during the preparatory camp in Dubai, ahead of the series.

While Roach is more or less certain to return for the second Test, starting October 12 in Hyderabad, Brathwaite said Holder’s availability is still not certain.

“Not sure if Holder will be fit for the next game,” he added.