The standout performer in the series for India has been Ravichandran Ashwin, who is now world No 1 all-rounder in Test as per the official rankings.
With two centuries and two five-wicket hauls, the Tamil Nadu lad has been the toast of the team. His 235 runs and 16 wickets have gone a long way to ensure that India have cantered to victory in the two Test matches. More importantly, Ashwin has scored runs in pressure situations and provided crucial breakthroughs just when it was required.
If Ashwin is a sureshoit candidate for the Man of the Series award, one certainly needs to applaud Mohammed Shami for his lion-hearted performances in the three-Test matches after a hiatus of nearly one and half years due to serious knee injury. 11 wickets in 3 games may not be much in terms of volume but he has been very effective with the new as well as the old ball. The most experienced West Indian Test batsmen like Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo had been troubled by the Bengal speedster.
Among the batsmen, opener KL Rahul (236 runs) has been pretty consistent with a big hundred and a half-century in the two Tests while Ajinkya Rahane has again showed why he is such an important cog in the Indian team’s wheel with 243 runs that includes a ton and a half century. Skipper Kohli istill top run-getter with 251 runs but it’s more to do with the double hundred that he scored in the opening Test. There has been this debate whether the visitors have done just enough keeping in mind the relative weaknesses of the opposition and never moved out of third gear. If the Indian team does take the No 1 Test crown, they will have to be more ruthless, a trait not showcased in this series until days four and five in St. Lucia.
West Indies, meanwhile, will be hoping for some level of improvement in their play after yet another meek surrender.PTI
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