Yashasvi Jaiswal in action for the Indian cricket team© AFP
The International Cricket Council has come up with an “average” rating for the pitch at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica, which hosted the opening Test between the West Indies and India in July. Jeff Crowe, the match referee for the Test, had initially given a “below average” rating for the pitch, which would have seen the venue given a demerit point. While Cricket West Indies would have had the opportunity to appeal Crowe’s verdict in that case, it would also have had to explain to the ICC regarding the sub-nature of the pitch. The pitch was famously slow and its turns, batting first the hosts were bundled out for 150, with veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin behind for a fifer while leg-spinner Ravindra Jadeja scalped three.
The visitors fared well with the bat, posting 421 for the loss of five wickets, thanks to openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma, who scored 171 and 103 respectively.
But the Men in Blue ran with the ball again in the second innings, with Ashwin even more effective, grabbing seven for 71 as they won the contest by an innings and 141 runs, which ended in just three days.
Also, the pitch for the second Test at Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, has been given an “average” rating, which ended in a draw.
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