India’s front line spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was surprised to see West Indies deciding to bat first on the first day Sabina Park wicket which looked to have some juice. The hosts were bundled out for a paltry total of 196 runs just at the stroke of tea. Ashwin returned with a haul of five wickets in the first innings. It was also his 18th career best five wicket haul in test cricket.This was also Ashwin’s fifth five-wicket haul against the West Indies. The off-spinner later came for the post day’s press conference.
According to Ashwin, most of his dismissals were due to the subtle variation in speeds rather than spin which many would have thought. “Yes, I think speed variation was important as most of the dismissals were brought about by difference in speeds rather than much of spin, actually. It was initially damp and there was some turn, but after that it flattened out a bit and started going straight. This ball, once it gets older, it becomes easier to bat. There’s a lot more time. I think it was more about bounce and speed variation that created the problem.”