What more do we expect from a Caribbean wicket? As anticipated, the wicket is slow and dry which offers nothing to a seam bowler except a mild wind blowing due to near seas. For spinners, it will be definitely a good place to try their variations. A lot will be expected now from the duo Indian spinners Ashwin and Mishra.
Talking about India’s first innings, they dictated the terms the first two days. Dhawan gave a good start and scored 84, missing his well deserved three figures. Virat Kohli, who has become an inevitable part of cricket added another feather to his cap by scoring his 12th Test century and his first maiden double century. He has now achieved the feat of scoring a Test ton in his first Test match in South Africa, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and now in the Caribbean. Moreover, he becomes the first Indian captain to hit a double ton overseas. How much precious and valuable were these moments for Indian cricket when Kohli reached the landmark- coach Kumble capturing the scenes in his camera, Gavaskar applauding from the stands, Sir Vivian Richards appreciating from the commentary box. No doubt this one has taken a lot of time but there are a lot more to come for sure. In a recent interview, he told that while batting, he is a complete peace which was seen in his calm and composed innings of 200 from 283 balls.
While his first hundred came in an aggressive mode, he looked easy and comfortable in rotating the strike with Ravi Ashwin in the later part of his innings. Ashwin too looked very correct and calmly got his century against West Indies again. In the tail batting, Mishra too came handy scoring quick 50 runs. The target of 566 looks a mountain to climb for the hosts with a wicket down already on 31. All eyes now rest upon the Indian spinners who would be looking very keenly on this slow track. If they chipped in, it will be a huge victory for India. However, fans would love to see equal competence from the host team.