Indore: Indian captain Virat Kohli was all praise for his pacers as they delivered another Test win for the team on Saturday. India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs at the Holkar Stadium in Indore to take a 1-0 lead in the ongoing two-match Test series between the two sides.
“I don’t really know what to say,” said Kohli at the post-match presentation. “Clinical performances all around. The team is playing really well. I can’t say something which people are not seeing on TV.”
The pace triumvirate of Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav led from the front as the bowlers took 20 wickets in a match that lasted just over two and a half days. This was despite India missing Jasprit Bumrah, who has emerged as the team’s strike bowler since his Test debut in early 2018.
“These guys are on top of their game, when they bowl, it looks like any pitch is a good pitch, Jasprit isn’t here but this is a dream combination for any captain. Having strong bowlers is the most important thing in any team. The numbers and records are there for everyone to see, that’ll remain in the books, we haven’t focused on it,” said Kohli.
The 31-year-old said that he was telling Mayank Agarwal to play on throughout the opener’s extraordinary innings to ensure that his personal score gets as big as possible. Agarwal smashed his third century and the second double ton of his nascent Test career and had accumulated 243 runs before being dismissed on Day 2.
“The mindset is simple, when you see a young guy coming in to bat, in Tests I know how much time it took me to get those big hundreds, so I know the importance of getting big runs. It’s important as a senior batter to let them know to keep going. I want them not to make the mistakes I made as a youngster to make them world class cricketers,” he said.
The second Test at Eden Gardens will be the first that India will play with the pink ball. “The pink ball Test is going to be exciting, will be a challenge for the batters. With the older ball, it doesn’t swing that much so the bowlers will have a challenge. We’re just happy to be among the first to play pink ball cricket for India. The crowd has been brilliant, these guys give us the extra motivation to push extra when we’re tired,” Kohli said.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 213 in the final session in Indore after their gamble to bat first after winning the toss backfired badly against the Indian pace attack.
Shami’s fellow fast bowlers Yadav and Sharma shared three wickets between them after India declared their first innings on 493 for six, with a lead of 343 runs.
“The captain gave me the freedom to bowl the way I wanted and it went well,” said Shami, who was the destroyer in chief in second innings with four wickets for 31 runs. “Having Umesh and Ishant alongside me is a plus.”
Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim offered some resistance, hitting 64 after Rohit Sharma dropped him on four off Shami.
Mushfiqur, who scored 43 in Bangladesh’s 150 in the first innings, finally became one of three wickets taken by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Agarwal played a key part in the win with his 243 — his second double century in four Tests — as India amassed 407 runs on the second day.
Bangladesh (1st innings) 150 all out
India (1st innings) 493/6 declared
Bangladesh (2nd innings)
S. Islam b Ishant Sharma 6
I. Kayes b Umesh Yadav 6
M. Haque lbw Shami 7
M. Mithun c Agarwal b Shami 18
M. Rahim c Pujara b Ashwin 64
Mahmudullah c Rohit Sharma b Shami 15
Liton Das c&b Ashwin 35
Mehidy Hasan b Umesh Yadav 38
Taijul Islam c Saha b Shami 6
Abu Jayed Not Out 4
Ebadat Hossain c Umesh Yadav b Ashwin 1
Extras (2b 9lb 1nb 0pen 1w) 13
Total (69.2 overs) 213 all out
Fall of Wickets: 1-10 Kayes, 2-16 Anik, 3-37 Haque, 4-44 Ali, 5-72 Mahmudullah, 6-135 Das, 7-194 Miraz, 8-208 Islam, 9-208 Rahim, 10-213 Hossain
Bowling: Ishant Sharma 11 3 31 1; Umesh Yadav 14 1 51 2; Shami 16 7 31 4; Jadeja 14 2 47 0; Ashwin 14.2 6 42 3.