Ashwin thrilled with five-wicket haul


India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said he would "cherish" his five-wicket haul after putting his team in control of the second Test against West Indies.

Ashwin took 5-52 as India dismissed their hosts for 196 on the opening day at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, who was man of the match in a comprehensive win in the first Test, was predictably delighted with his efforts.

"It's obviously put the team in a great position and a first-day five-wicket haul is something you should cherish," Ashwin said.

"But I think I've done it a few times before and I'm pretty pleased at having achieved it again.

"For starters, whenever I have started a tour or a series, my initial intention is to get a five-wicket haul.

"Like a batsman wants to go out there to get a hundred, my intention is to get a five-wicket haul. Once I get that momentum, I try and capitalise on it through the tournament. I don't turn back.

"Once I pick up a couple of wickets, I'm looking always to hit the five-wicket mark. It's sort of a psychological thing. It's sort of a hunger for me, nothing else."

India are 126-1 at stumps with KL Rahul unbeaten on 75, leaving them well-placed to take a huge first-innings lead.

Jermaine Blackwood was the best of the Windies batsmen with 62 and said he tried his best to continue attacking despite his team's position.

"Marlon [Samuels] encouraged me to just stay positive and play my natural game," he said.

"I wanted to put the bowlers under some pressure. It was very disappointing to get out when I did, very emotional really. I just hope I can do even better in the second innings."