Mayank Agarwal edged a integrate to a range in a 38th over, off Kemar Roach, a second 4 removing him to his third Test fifty in 117 balls. The edges and a contingent cut to trip that finished his innings were explanation of a formidable batting conditions a Indians faced opposite West Indies during Sabina Park.
“[Conditions were] challenging. we suspicion a initial event – a round was doing a bit. Kemar Roach and [Jason] Holder bowled good areas. It wasn’t easy – there was a lot of dampness and a round was doing a bit,” Agarwal pronounced during a press discussion afterwards.
He also praised Holder, who finished a day with 3 wickets – those of himself, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. “I consider Holder is bowling good areas, he is not giving we an inch. He is there pegging in those areas, pegging on length and brief of length. And we know he doesn’t give giveaway deliveries for we to measure off of,” he said.
“So, a vigour is always there even if we urge him off – a initial spell he bowled six-seven overs in that he’s given 3 or 4 maidens, so as a batsman we know you’re not removing most out of him.”
Agarwal faced some tough delivers from a offspinning debutant, a six-and-a-half-foot Rahkeem Cornwall, who claimed Cheteshwar Pujara as his lass Test wicket.
“Rakheem is very, really [consistent], he forms good clusters and he keeps bowling those areas, keeps bowling those areas,” Agarwal said. “I suspicion it wasn’t really easy to measure off him. We took a time and it was really critical for Virat and me to indeed get a partnership going and it was critical that one of us went on to measure big.
“He really gets a lot some-more rebound compared to many other spinners. He usually keeps attack those lengths.”
Speaking of his 69-run partnership with Kohli, Agarwal pronounced a captain had batted beautifully to “negate a time before lunch and afterwards to come out after lunch with that kind of positivity was extraordinary – he gets a lot of power when he comes to bat”.
The conditions got usually improved as a day progressed and a object kick down, Agarwal said. “I can contend it got a small improved to bat on after a initial event – a wicket got a lot harder as a object kick down – a wicket mislaid some of a moisture. It usually kept removing a small improved to bat on, though we consider credit contingency be given to a West Indian bowlers, generally Roach and Holder – they kept entrance and kept entrance and kept bowling parsimonious lines.”
India finished a day during 264 for 5 with Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant in a middle. Agarwal pronounced he was gratified with a team’s opening and a idea now would be to “pile on as many runs as possible”. “We are in a good position. To have usually mislaid 5 wickets on a lane like that was a good bid from a side.”