Thus, when India dropped Dhawan and Vijay for the home series against West Indies, it was indeed a huge change. Roston Chase and Keemo Paul, on the other hand, will be looking to lend a degree of respectability to the scorecard by scoring runs early on.
West Indies resumed on 94-6 after their top order collapsed in the final session on day two, facing a huge first-innings deficit following centuries by Kohli, Prithvi Shaw and Ravindra Jadeja.
Throughout the three days, India were hardly tested neither while batting nor while they were bowling as West Indies continued to struggle in all three departments.
Ravindra Jadeja, who scored his maiden worldwide century during India´s only innings, took the final wicket of Shannon Gabriel for four as the hosts celebrated an utterly dominant win over the former cricketing powerhouse. As the last pair in the wicket, Jadeja and Mohammad Shami picked up the singles.
Shai Hope struck a couple of lovely punches down the ground for boundaries but he played down the wrong line to one from off-spinner Ravi Ashwin and was bowled for 10 at 21 for three, and exciting left-hander Shimron Hetmyer was tragically run out for 10 in the 12th over after he and Sunil Ambris (12) found themselves stranded in the same crease.
Jadeja, playing his 38th five-day game, hit five fours and five sixes during his 132-ball stay.
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The bowlers then gave the visitors a lesson in disciplined bowling with the exhausted Windies batsmen throwing their bats around as if it were a white-ball game, leaving the side reeling at 94 for six at stumps.
Significantly, he extended his fifth wicket stand with Pant to 133, helping to put India in total command at lunch on 506 for five.
They have won Tests by 10 wickets seven times, while India's greatest winning margin by runs was against South Africa in Delhi in 2015, when they won by 337 runs. He was unbeaten on 27 with four fours to his name and had Paul for company who smashed a four and a six in his 13.
For the visitors, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo took four wickets, while fast bowler Sherman Lewis contributed with two wickets.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Pant brought the morning alive with his attacking cricket as he hit eight fours and four sixes during his 84-ball blitz.