Friday, November 8, 2013
Mohammad Shami brought early victory for India in the 1st Test at Eden Garden
India won the 1st Test Match played here at the Eden Garden against West Indies by an innings and 51 runs. This is definitely a victory for the national team, but for sure it was a defeat for the cricket fans at Eden Garden and in Kolkata.
The fans here at Eden Garden and Kolkata, were deprived from watching the Little Master playing his 2nd innings, as the match was cut short new Indian bowling sensation Mohammed Shami. The environment now is “Shami, Shami” everywhere instead of the expected “Sachin, Sachin”.
This was the 199th test match of the little master and he will be playing his last test match in Mumbai, when India takes on West Indies in the 2nd Test Match.
Nevertheless, the last three days at Kolkata remained reserved for Tendulkar did. The spectators reciprocated the master batsmen since last three days in every move what he did, whether it was bowling, batting, fielding. Rest of the players, from both the teams participated with the spectators to pay their respect to Sachin.
Despite all the roars for Sachin, the real hero of the match was Mohammad Shami, who took as many as 9 wickets in this match with fifth wicket in the second innings. West Indies collapsed from 101 for 1 to 168 all out, plummeting to an innings defeat inside three days at Eden Gardens. R Ashwin, who completed his second Test hundred in the morning, made key incisions in the West Indies top order before Mohammed Shami blew the rest away with another controlled display of reverse swing. Shami took nine wickets in the game, the most by an India fast bowler on debut. Six of them were bowled, all with the old ball.
Ashwin ended with five wickets to go with his hundred. The batting landmark came in the first session when he and debutant centurion Rohit Sharma stretched the lead past 200. West Indies had nearly halved the deficit for the loss of only Chris Gayle when they were demolished either side of tea by Ashwin and then Shami.
West Indies lost their last nine batsmen in 23.3 overs, a reflection of how quickly a Test can turn on the subcontinent with reverse swing and spin. West Indies would have been eyeing a decent lead when Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo put on 68 for the second wicket. The new ball did little and the spinners were toiling without too much bite and luck.