India's skipper Virat Kohli (76) and opener Mayank Agarwal (55) kept team India afloat against the West Indies on Day one of the second Test, allowing India to reach 264-5 at the end of the day. KL Rahul once again failed to fire for the team and departed for just 13 runs while veteran Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was sent packing for a mere six runs, leaving most of the responsibility on skipper Virat Kohli to keep the scoreboard ticking. India finished Day one with Rishabh Pant and Hanumana Vihari at the crease, both looking comfortable and settled. But the two big wickets that of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in the final session put the brakes on India just when the visiting team was beginning to consolidate and push to a position of strength.
Indian commentator and cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle is known for voicing his opinion about the team and its strategies. Harsha Bhogle made a bold claim about the Indian Test cricket team, pointing out at four main pillars of the team in the longer format of the game and claimed that they make the team stronger. Harsha Bhogle named Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravichandran Ashwin to be the four pillars of the team and said that the Indian side was built on these four pillars. He further hinted at one of the pillars rediscovering their form against Australia earlier in the year, referring mostly to Cheteshwar Pujara who was named Man of the Series. Harsha Bhogle hoped that the four pillars are kept strong so that the Indian Test team can continue its domination in the international arena. Here's Harsha Bhogle's tweet:
India's test team is built on four pillars. Kohli, Bumrah, Pujara and Ashwin. India had to rediscover the strength of one of those in Australia. I hope we keep our pillars strong.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 30, 2019
Ever since India found the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been left out of the Indian team and has played more domestic tournaments than international ones in the previous year. Ravichandran Ashwin was named in the squad for the Test series against West Indies but did not play in the opening game. While Harsha Bhogle named Ashwin as one of the pillars of the Test team, netizens opposed Bhogle's opinion and said that while Ashwin had been India's number one spinner in the past, there were many other talents who could take Ashwin's place in the team. Some netizens even pointed out at Ravindra Jadeja's performance and citing it to be sufficient enough to replace Ashwin.Some netizens also took tell Harsha Bhogle that he had missed another significant pillar of the team - Ajinkya Rahane. See some of the reactions below: