The ongoing second Test between India and West Indies in Jamaica started on a sad note with Sir Viv Richards falling ill. The legendary cricketer’s health deteriorated while he was on air doing a pre-game analysis prior to the start of the game on Friday. The former West Indies captain is a part of the commentary panel for the ongoing two-match series.
Richards has been doing commentary along with pre and post-match analysis for the official broadcasters Sony. He was doing a pre-match show when he complained of uneasiness. While a stretcher was brought, Richards left the ground with the help of two volunteers.
According to reports in Sportstar, Richards suffered from dehydration due to excessive humid conditions. He was taken to the hospital for a precautionary check-up. After a few hours, Viv came up with a message, “To all the fans around the world I want to say I have recovered. I am OK and I have returned to do commentary. No bowler in the world could do to me, what was done by nature today”
Viv Richards who fell ill suffering from dehydration due to excessive humidity in Jamaica "to all the fans around the world I want to say I have recovered. I am OK and I have returned to do commentary. No bowler in the world could do to me, what was done by nature today" #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) August 30, 2019
India dominate proceedings on Day 1
Desperate to win the game, West Indies made two changes to the team that lost the first Test by 318 runs. The hosts handed Test debuts to Rahkeem Cornwall and Jahmar Hamilton as their captain Jason Holder chose to bowl in the second Test. West Indies brought in Cornwall for fast bowler Miguel Cummins while a late injury to wicketkeeper Shai Hope saw Hamilton making his Test debut.
India’s new opening pair of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal started well and collected some fast runs. However, Rahul once again failed to score big and departed after scoring just 13 when the scoreboard was reading 32. Holder sent him back. India’s number three Cheteshwar Pujara also failed for the third time in a row this series and was dismissed by debutant Cornwall for just 6.
Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli then made sure that India do not lose any more wickets before lunch. Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant played their part as well in the final session. India finished at 264/5 at stumps on Day 1. Visitors are yet to lose a single game on this tour and will be looking to conclude it unbeaten.
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