By India Today Sports Desk: India wicket-keeping batter Dinesh Karthik has heaped praise on skipper Rohit Sharma, saying he has rotated his pacers very well against the West Indies. India is facing the West Indies in the second Test of the two-match series at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
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Speaking with Cricbuzz, Karthik said Rohit handled his fast bowlers well, adding that Mohammed Siraj bowled beautifully when reverse swing was in play. Siraj cleaned up West Indies wicket-keeping batter Joshua Da Silva on Day 3.
“I thought Rohit handled his fast bowlers well, giving them spells, bringing them back, and also bowling the spinners quite a bit. When reverse was in play, he made use of all the bowlers. Siraj bowled beautifully. So there is not too much to dig into for the sake of it if they could have done anything different,” said Karthik.
He went on to say that either India will win the second Test of the series or the match will end in a draw, a result which West Indies are going for.
“This Test match is only going two ways. It’s either India winning, which is a very, very high possibility, or the draw, which is what looks like West Indies are playing for. For India to win, all they need to be doing is making sure they get the next five wickets,” Karthik added.
The day was marked by a commendable performance from the Caribbean skipper, Kraigg Brathwaite, who showcased his prowess with an attritional 75. Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mukesh Kumar and Mohammed Siraj picked a wicket each on Day 3.
The West Indies posted 229 for 5 on the scoreboard at the end of Day 3, trailing India by 209 runs. India is currently leading the two-match series 1-0, having thrashed the hosts by an innings and 141 runs in Dominica.