India won the first Test against West Indies last night by skittling out the West Indies for just 100 runs to record a massive 318-run victory. India declared their second innings at 343 for seven to set the hosts a stiff 419-run target as Ajinkya Rahane scored 102 runs but Hanuma Vihari (93) missed out on his hundred by seven runs. Jasprit Bumrah (5/7), Ishant Sharma (3/31) and Mohammed Shami (2/13) blew away the hosts batting-line up.
Kohli emerged the Indian captain with most away wins. Speaking after the match Kohli said, Even last time we played here, the first Test was very good for us. This time it was even more hard work, Jinks was very good in both the innings. It was more of a grind. We had to come back into the game three or four times. That's where our temperament has been good in Tests. Managing player workloads is very important for us and that's why he didn't play any white-ball cricket after the World Cup. We wanted him fresh for this Test series. He (Bumrah) will be a key player for us as far as the Test championship is concerned. We know how good a player he is. Those three are bowling well as a group. We are pretty settled as a bowling combination.
Combination is absolutely based on players who can provide more than one skill. It is about managing the resources that we have and feeling settled about it. There will always be opinions on a team selected. It's a responsibility that I'm fulfilling. It's a blessing that I am in a position to contribute to my team in more than one way. Nothing is possible without the team. I am taking the decisions but it is up to the individuals to do the execution. We will be put under pressure and we need to be more solid. We have enjoyed each other's success and that's been our key. We need to be even more solid and try to plug in the gaps from this game.