Kolkata: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni captained his team to its fifth successive Test win - a first in the game's history - when India defeated West Indies by an innings and 51 runs inside three days at the Eden Gardens on Friday. The 32-year-old thanked the entire team but reserved his special praise for debutants Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami.
After grabbing a first innings lead of 219 - thanks to Rohit Sharma's 177 -- Shami wreaked havoc for the second time in the match. Shami's five-wicket haul in the second innings helped the hosts bowl West Indies out on 168. "This was a fantastic performance," said a beaming Dhoni in the post-match chat. "I think it was a disciplined effort from Shami. Most bowlers got reverse swing but the way Shami performed was brilliant. His line and length was great."
Shami finished with a rich haul of nine for 118 from the match which made him the second best Indian bowler on Test debut after leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani, who took 16 wickets for 136 versus the West Indies in Chennai in 1988. (1st Test as it happened)