However, there was some early celebration for the Windies when Gabriel struck Rahul in front with the sixth ball of the match with just three runs on the board.
Prithvi Shaw (134), skipper Virat Kohli (139) and Ravindra Jadeja (100 not out) scored hundreds, while Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishab Pant and Ravindra Jadeja hit the fifties. He went past Steve Smith's tally of 23 Test tons and also became the fastest to 24 Test tons since Don Bradman - taking 123 innings to get to the mark. The right-hander reviewed in desperation but replays showed the ball hitting middle stump.
However, Pujara couldn't reach to his hundred as he departed for 86 runs. Kohli had picked up two boundaries in the previous over from Devendra Bishoo and was looking to attack Sherman Lewis.
He raced into the 90s with another pulled boundary off the ineffective Bishoo before raising three figures off just 99 balls almost three-quarters of an hour after the interval, punching Paul to cover for a couple.
Mayank Agarwal is also in the squad for the Indian team, and could perhaps get a chance to play in the second Test. Agarwal and Shaw have been prolific with the bat for India A, and the former was all praises for young Prithvi.
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Thus, when India dropped Dhawan and Vijay for the home series against West Indies, it was indeed a huge change. To make matters worse, Bishoo failed to hold on to a return catch with Kohli on 114.
On 232 for three at tea, India subdued the Windies in the final session thanks to a 105-run, fourth-wicket stand between the enterprising Kohli and Rahane.
After Kohli's departure, Ravindra Jadeja continued the attack and brought up his maiden Test hundred in the 150th over with a single off the fourth ball.
His eyes lit up when spinners were employed after first hour of the morning and welcomed Roston Chase with a four and six.