On the onset of the Test Series between India and West Indies, the tides of excitement are high. Set to start with the first match in Antigua, the teams are preparing to lock horns for the longest format in five matches. It would be interesting how the T20 World Champion would fight a consistent team like India. Against this backdrop, the Test stats between India and West Indies is worth a look. Here are some pinpoints of Test history between the two nations.
Test history between India and West Indies dates back to 1948. Since the match that was played in the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, there has been a total of 90 Tests. Ending with the last test in 2013, the tally so far has been equal for both the nations hosting 45 matches each. The first match in Delhi was a draw and the last one in Wakhande Stadium of Mumbai was won by India. West Indies' had by far, more victories than India. It has won 30 matches in contrast to India's 16. 44 matches between the teams are drawn. However, since 2002, there has been 15 consecutive Test series between the nations and West Indies have won none. Seven of them are draw and India had the title in eight series.
The Top Test scorer in a series is Everton DeCourcy Weekes. The batsman scored the highest runs in a series with 779 playing five matches. While, the next top scorer is Sunil Gavaskar scoring 774 runs in 4 matches. Gavaskar holds a number of Test records against the team. He scored the most runs in test playing with West Indies, 2749 in 27 matches. He is also the batsman to have most centuries with 13 to the tally. Additionally, the highest half century scorer is also Gavaskar with a total of 20 fifties. In this regard, West Indies batsman has been always the next. Clive Llyod is the second highest scorer and the top for his team with 2344 runs in 28 matches. He is also the next batsmen to nick 19 half centuries. With 8 centuries, Gary Sobers is the player with the second highest number of hundreds.
In bowling, West Indies players excel. Malcolm Marshall has taken the highest number of wickets in a series, which is 33. For India, it is Kapil Dev, who took 29. Malcolm Marshall took the highest number of wickets for his team reaching the number 76 in 17 matches. His average was 21.98. On the other hand, Kapil Dev took 89 wickets for India playing 25 matches against the team with an average of 24.89. Marshall also took the most 5 wickets in an inning for West Indies, while for India, it is Harbhajan Singh.
Past the 2000s, West Indies played strong against India. However, their might since their last victory at Sabina Park in 2002 has subdued. In the match, West Indies won by 155 runs with an inning powered by Wavell Hinds with his 113. Following the win, India's journey of victory started with the match at Wakhande, which the team won by Innings and 112 runs. Virender Sehwag smashed 147 in the match. The last victory by India in 2013 was also in the same venue, where Team India won by Innings and 126 runs. In the match, bowler Pragyan Ojha took five wickets in both the innings.
The present Test squad from India is with players like MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli who have good Test records. In bowlers side, R Ashwin is the top player in Global Test list. This is also the first assignment of coach Anil Kumble, who has been a notable test player himself. India's game in the upcoming series will determine they will be able to keep up the victorious stretch so far, as it has done since a decade.
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