Mohamed Shami followed up his 4/71 performance in the first innings with a 5/47 show in the second innings to claim an enviable match haul of 9/118 in all – the best ever by an Indian pacer on debut. Mohamed Shami’s performance propelled India to an innings and 51-run victory in the first Test at the iconic Eden Gardens. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin followed up his exploits with the bat (124) with admirable figures of 3/46.
Needing 219 runs to escape the ignominy of an innings upset, the West Indies collapsed like a pack of cards in the final session – to be bundled out for 168. Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul (31 not out; 101 b, 2 fours) put up a gritty resistance, but in the end ran out of partners.
A match that was expected to showcase the legend Sachin Tendulkar’s batting genius turned out to be a ‘celebration of talent’ for the test debutants – pace bowler Mohamed Shami, hitman batsman Rohit Sharma (177 runs off 301 balls ) and Off-spinner R Ashwin. How ironical ? Lets make room for the new talent .. I can imagine what thoughts must be running in Sachin’s mind ?