The first Test between India and West Indies turned out to be a battle between David vs Goliath. In match that was been played under the extremely humid conditions at the Saurashtra Cricket Ground, saw India producing a clinical all-round performance, while the visitors looked clueless after being outplayed in all departments.
Fresh off the debacle of the England tour, the Men in Blue produced an error-free performance against West Indies, winning by an innings and 272 runs, and in the process registering their biggest ever Test win. India's previous biggest win came against Afghanistan, which they won by an innings and 262 runs earlier this year.
After the batsmen set a mammoth target of 649 runs for the Caribbean side, the Indian bowlers wrecked havoc by dismissing the West Indies batting lineup twice, in the span of two days over three sessions.
Such was India's dominance that they decimated the visitors batting lineup both the times under 100 overs. Resuming at 94/6 on day 3, Ravinchandran Ashwin was the main tormentor of the morning session as he picked his 42nd wicket-haul.
India enforced the follow-on after the visitors were bundled out for 181 runs in reply to India's 649. Ravinchandran Ashwin opened the floodgates in the West Indies second innings by picking out Kraigg Braithwaite, only to set the stage for Kuldeep Yadav, who sealed the deal for India.
Kuldeep Yadav was lethal to say the least, as he bagged his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket. The Indian bowler got off the mark in his fourth over with Shai Hope being his first victim after he trapped the batsman in front of stumps. Riding high on confidence, Kuldeep continued to run riot as he sent Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase and Kieran Powell packing home.
The Chinaman bowler's magic fingers left the West Indies tumbling at 151/6. Post that, Ravindrachandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami took up the job of cleaning up the West Indian lower-order.
It is safe to say that the West Indies were no match for India. Even on a slow and dry Rajkot pitch which seemed decent to bat on, the Caribbean side struggled, even after batting twice. Their recent loss meant it was a continuation of their test cricket woes only compounded by the absence of skipper Jason Holder and pacer Kemar Roach.
The quality and the attitude of the opposition side were definitely the major gains for India. Making the most of the gains, was Prithvi Shaw, who grabbed the opportunity with both hands as he dazzled on his debut with a maiden Test century. Another player who shone for India was all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who starred with both ball and bat in front of his home crowd in Rajkot. Skipper Virat Kohli was also among the centurions, as notched his 24th Test century in the second fastest time in terms of innings (123), to reach the landmark, only behind Sir Donald Bradman (66 innings).