Ashwin and Co blow West Indies away

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Ashwin and Co blow West Indies away

We review the first Test between West Indies and India at Dominica – which saw a dominant Indian side complete a big win. The conditions were perfectly suited to India’s spinners – and gave Ashwin the chance to show his range.

Talking Points:

  • A ‘perfect storm’ for West Indies on a pitch favouring spinners
  • The media obsession with the ‘death of Test cricket’
  • Ashwin’s 12-wicket haul on his return to the side
  • Ashwin and Jadeja’s deadliness: control + variations + drift + turn
  • Cornwall’s economical action with few moving parts
  • The challenge when facing Ashwin when he is bowling round the wicket
  • The power of Jadeja’s action – repeatability
  • Jaiswal’s debut hundred – and why the India A system is so valuable
  • Alick Athanaze’s assurance against spin
  • India’s transition – and the case for Ishant and Saha
  • Multi-format players and the future of Tests


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)

Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview) | Substack | ESPNcricinfo page

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  • Ashwin remains India’s constant in the face of constant change – Karthik Krishnaswamy – ESPNcricinfo
  • Ashwin’s first innings spell – West Indies Cricket Board – YouTube
  • Caribbean Cricket Podcast review of the Test – YouTube
  • Bumrah and Co. lead the rout – 81allout review of India’s Test series v West Indies in 2019

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