Virat Kohli scored his maiden Test century in the first Test against West Indies    AFP
Virat Kohli scored his maiden Test century in the first Test against West Indies AFP

After West Indies batting legend Viv Richards hailed Virat Kohli’s maiden double century, his son Mali Richards joined his father in praising the Indian Test skipper and gifted him a painting that captures a moment from his record innings in the first Test match here. Richards junior, who has played 18 first-class matches, went to the team hotel to meet Kohli and present a painting made by him and his artist friend. “We decided to commemorate his maiden double hundred as he registered the milestone here in Antigua. We prepared the entire painting in just one day and came here to present it to him,” Richards told ‘BCCI.TV’. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies 2016, 1st Test at Antigua

Kohli, who recently crossed the 3000-run mark, became the first Indian captain to score a double hundred away from home in Test cricket. Earlier Richards had termed Kohli’s double as “magnificent” and a “classy Knock”. “I think it was a magnificent hundred. To score a double hundred at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground is a formidable task in terms of what he has achieved. As a batsman myself, it was very pleasing to see and even though it was against the West Indies, I do appreciate seeing class and his was a classy knock.” ALSO READ: Kohli’s double ton against WI is magnificent, hails Viv

Kohli was at his mercurial best in the first Test, scoring his maiden double century. He was duly supported by Ravichandran Ashwin, who scored a century coming in at No. 6. Shikhar Dhawan and Amit Mishra also contributed to the scores with their respective half-centuries, which meant Indian posted 566 for 8 before declaring their innings.

The Indian bowlers then backed their batsmen with some outstanding spells. In the first innings, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav took four wickets each to bowl out the hosts for 243. Then the second innings saw Ashwin special, as the off-spinner took seven wickets to dismantle their opponents for 231, and earn his side a win by an innings and 92 runs.