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Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal etch their names in history books with a remarkable performance in the 2nd Test against West Indies

India's dynamic new opening pair, comprising the skilled captain Rohit Sharma and the promising talent Yashasvi Jaiswal, carved their names into the annals of cricket history on a momentous Sunday in the second Test against West Indies at the picturesque Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

In a display of seamless partnership and unwavering determination, Jaiswal and Rohit scripted a remarkable 139-run partnership in the first innings. Their brilliance continued to shine in the second innings, where they further dazzled the cricketing world with a rapid 98-run partnership. Remarkably, combining these efforts with their 229-run opening stand in the first Test, the duo amassed a staggering total of 466 runs as an opening pair, setting a new record for the highest partnership aggregate by an Indian opening pair in a two-match Test series.

However, the overall record for the highest opening partnership aggregate in a two-Test series still belongs to Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie, who amassed an incredible 479 runs during the series against Bangladesh back in 2008. Their legendary opening stand of 415 runs remains the highest ever in Test cricket.

Reflecting on Indian cricket history, the highest opening partnership aggregate for a series is credited to the iconic duo of Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan, who amassed a formidable 537 runs against Australia in the 1979-80 series. They are closely followed by Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, who accumulated 477 runs during the series against Pakistan in 2005.

Rohit and Jaiswal's outstanding performance in the second innings also saw them achieve the second-highest run-rate for an opening pair in a partnership of at least 50 runs. They managed an impressive run-rate of 8.28, second only to England's Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan, who achieved a phenomenal run-rate of 10 against Sri Lanka in 2002.

Moving on to the match itself, India declared their second innings at an imposing 181/2, with Ishan Kishan (52*) and Shubman Gill (29*) showcasing their batting prowess. With a commanding lead of 364 runs, India set a challenging target of 365 runs for the West Indies. Rohit Sharma (57) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (38) also played their part with blistering knocks.

Earlier in the game, responding to India's substantial first innings total of 438, the West Indies struggled to keep up and were bundled out for a mere 255 runs. At that stage, the West Indies trailed by 183 runs. Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite stood tall amidst the challenges, scoring a valiant 75. Other notable contributions came from Alick Athanaze (37), Tagenarine Chanderpaul (33), and Kirk McKenzie (32).

India's bowling attack led by Mohammed Siraj, who displayed remarkable skills to claim five wickets for 60 runs, proved to be the nemesis for the West Indies. Mukesh Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja lent support with two wickets each, while the seasoned Ravichandran Ashwin clinched one wicket.

Highlighting India's first innings success, the team posted a formidable total of 438, largely thanks to magnificent centuries by captain Virat Kohli (121) and fifties from Rohit Sharma (80), Yashasvi Jaiswal (57), Ravindra Jadeja (61), and Ravichandran Ashwin (56).

The West Indies' bowling effort was spearheaded by Jomel Warrican, who claimed three wickets for 89 runs. Kemar Roach (3/104) and Jason Holder (2/57) also chipped in with notable contributions.

In essence, the match witnessed cricketing history being made by India's newly-formed opening pair, Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal, as they carved their way to glory with sensational partnerships and a remarkable aggregate, leaving cricket enthusiasts around the world in awe of their talent and potential.

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