Prior to the India-West Indies series, question marks were raised over the exclusion of Sunil Narine, a household name in India after his exploits with Kolkata Knight Riders. Shane Shillingford and Veerasammy Permaul were the two preferred spinners in the West Indian squad and based on his first-innings performance in the first Test at Eden Gardens, Shillingford proved his worth in gold.
Having being dismissed for an under-par 234 in the first innings, the West Indian bowlers were under pressure to take early wickets and make a contest out of the first Test. India started Day 2 at 37/0, seemingly in cruise control on a two-paced wicket. However, no one would have predicted the Shillingford onslaught in the first session on Thursday, a period that usually holds a lot of promise for the new ball bowlers.
Shikhar Dhawan was the first to fall as his off-stump was pegged back after an inside edge. Playing tentatively on his back foot, Dhawan pushed at a length delivery which ricocheted off his bat onto his stumps. His opening partner, Murali Vijay, departed soon after, dancing down the track to a straighter one by Shillingford. Vijay was stranded as Denesh Ramdin removed the bails swiftly.