The chats we had were to remind him that you belong here: Indian captain Rohit Sharma on Yashasvi Jaiswal

India’s commanding victory over West Indies in Dominica showcased the team’s dominance in Test cricket, with Ravichandran Ashwin playing a pivotal role in the triumph. Ashwin’s remarkable performance of 12 wickets for 131 runs helped dismantle the opposition and pave the way for India’s comprehensive win by an innings and 141 runs.

The foundation for India’s success was laid in the first innings, as they declared at a commanding total of 421 for 5. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s impressive knock of 171 runs and Virat Kohli’s valuable contribution of 76 set a formidable target for the West Indies. However, it was Ashwin’s brilliance with the ball that truly shone throughout the match.

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In the first innings, Ashwin’s five-wicket haul restricted West Indies to a meager total of 150 runs. Despite a spirited effort by the hosts in their second innings, Ashwin’s mastery continued, claiming seven more wickets to complete a remarkable individual performance.

Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, acknowledged the team’s exceptional effort, particularly Ashwin’s contribution. Sharma praised Ashwin’s class and highlighted the luxury of having experienced players like Ashwin and Jadeja in the team. He emphasized the importance of starting the Test series on a positive note and now aims to carry the momentum into the second Test.

Every run you score for the country is important. I would like to start by saying it was a great effort with the ball. Getting them out for 150 set the game for us. We knew batting would get tough, it wasn’t easy to score runs. We knew we wanted to bat only once and bat long. Get over 400 runs and then we came out and bowled really well. (On Jaiswal) He has the talent, he has shown us in the past that he is ready. Came and batted sensibly. The temperament was also tested, at no stage he was panicking. The chats we had were to remind him that ‘you belong here. You have done the hard yards, enjoy your time here’. (On the declaration) I was just letting them know we have an over or so before declaring. I wanted Ishan to get off the mark, wanted to tell him to get his personal mark and then we had to declare. I could see that he was always eager to bat, it could be frustrating for them. (On Ashwin and Jadeja) The results speak for themselves, they have been doing it for a while. There isn’t much to tell them, it is about giving them the freedom to express. The experience these guys have on pitches like this is always a luxury. Both Ash and Jadeja were superb, specially Ashwin for coming out and bowling this way was class. Always nice to start well, it is a fresh cycle. We weren’t too worried about the pitch, we wanted to come here and get results. Important to start well, now about taking that momentum into the 2nd Test. There are a couple of new guys and people who haven’t had much Test cricket, so just about getting them out on the field now.