Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami win Dhoni's praise after India rout West Indies

In what was Sachin Tendulkar's final appearance at the Eden Gardens, debutants Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami stole the limelight with the bat and ball, respectively. West Indies lost by an innings and 51 runs inside three days.

updated: November 08, 2013 18:07 IST
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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)

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