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Stats: India’s 100th Test win at home is their biggest in history

first_imgIndia thrashed West Indies by an innings and 272 runs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.The win was India’s biggest-ever in the history of Test cricket and incidentally, their 100th Test win at home. Overall, India have won 147 matches of red-ball cricket till now.India’s first-ever win came against England in 1952, when they beat England by an innings and 8 runs in Chennai to level the five-match series. England had won the fourth game of the series while the first three games ended in a draw.India vs West Indies: Report | Highlights | PhotosIndia’s first home win came under the captaincy of Vijay Hazare, while their 100th came under Virat Kohli and both were victories with resounding margins.In 1952, England decided to bat first and scored 266 in their first innings. Vinoo Mankad starred with the ball for the hosts, picking up 8/55 from his 38.5 overs while Jack Robertson scored 77 for England.Also read – Prithvi Shaw showed he is different quality, really delighted for him: Virat KohliIn reply, India declared at 457/9 with the help of centuries from Pankaj Roy and Polly Umrigar. Dattu Phadkar also chipped in with an important 61 as India piled on the runs against the Englishmen.Trailing by 191, England needed a good start but they lost both their openers for as little as 15 and could never recover from that. Mankad and his fellow off-break bowler Ghulam Ahmed picked up four wickets each to help India bowl England out for 183, thus, handing the home team its first-ever victory in international cricket and at home as well.Also read – Couldn’t have imagined such a debut: Prithvi Shaw after winning man-of-the-match awardadvertisement66 years later, the Kohli-led Indian team fared even better than Hazare’s India. Batting first, India rode on centuries from debutant Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja while Rishabh Pant also smashed a breezy 92 as India declared at 649/9 in their first essay.In reply to that, West Indies got their strategy completely wrong and failed to hit themselves out of trouble after going two wickets down early on. Barring Roston Chase (53) and Keemo Paul (47), nobody could hold their own as they were bowled out for a paltry 181 — handing India a lead of 468 runs.Also read – Kuldeep Yadav spins a web around West Indies to grab maiden 5-wicket haul in TestsRavichandran Ashwin and Mohamemd Shami picked up four and two wickets respectively while Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav bagged one each. Kuldeep Yadav picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket on Saturday (AP Photo)After being asked to bat second, the West Indians looked to take on the same strategy but this time, their tormentor-in-chief was the left-arm chinaman. Kuldeep bagged five wickets while Jadeja and Ashwin got three and two respectively to hand West Indies their third successive innings defeat in India.Also read – Ravichandran Ashwin surprised to see West Indies’s approach towards Indian spinnersThis was also Windies’ second biggest margin of loss in Test cricket. Their biggest ever was against England in Leeds back in 2007, when they lost by an innings and 283 runs.Here are all the other statistical highlights from the first Test at Rajkot:Kohli scored his 24th Test hundred and is now fourth in the list of most hundreds by an Indian in Test cricket.Kohli also breached the 1000-run mark in a calender year for the third consecutive time.Shaw became the first Indian to score centuries on Test, Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy debutShaw is also the youngest Indian to score a century on Test debutShaw is now the 15th Indian to score a century on Test debutJadeja scored his maiden international ton in his 218th match for India across all formatsJadeja took nine years to score his first international hundredKuldeep picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricketlast_img read more

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