England left the Indian shores with a consolation T20 victory, next up, West Indies tour India for three Tests and five ODIs starting 6th November.
Here are some Statistical facts and Records related to India West Indies bilateral Test series you need to know before the Series gets underway:
1) The upcoming series will be the 20th bilateral test series between the two cricketing giants since 1948/49. Out of the 19 series, West Indies have had a upper hand with 12 series wins, while India have won just 5 and rest two have ended in draws. India hold the advantage off late having won last three series back to back. India won the 2002/03 three match series at home 2-0, 2006 four match series away 1-0 and 2011 three match series away 1-0.
2) Off the 85 matches played between the two sides, West Indies have won 30, India have won 12, while 43 have ended in a draw.
3) The last time West Indies won a test match against India was way back in May 2002 when Mervyn Dillon guided them to a 10 wicket victory at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. Mervyn Dillon wreaked havoc with match figures of 8/123, picking up four wickets in each innings.
4) Both teams share the accolades for highest total in an innings of a Test match in clashes between the two sides. West Indies posted 644/8 dec from 214 overs at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on 6th February 1959 thanks to centuries from John Holt 123, Collie Smith 100, Joe Solomon: 100 , the match ended in a drawn.
India’s posted 644/7 dec from 189.4 overs on 2nd February 1979 at Green Park, Kanpur in a slow moving two innings match. The Indian innings was built on centuries from Gundappa Viswanath 179, Anshuman Gaekwad 102 and Mohinder Amarnath 101, while West Indies were powered to 452/8 thanks to a special innings if 250 from Faoud Bacchus which included 33 hits to the fence.
5) The all-time lowest score in an innings in a test match between the two sides is 75, posted by India at Feroz Shah Kotla on 25 Nov 1987. Patrick Patterson demolished the Indian batting order with figures of 5/24; West Indies won the match by 5 wickets.
6) India’s biggest defeat against West Indies came at Eden Gardens, Calcutta on 31st December 1958, when they were defeated by an innings and 336 runs. West Indies posted a humongous 614/5 dec in their first innings; Indians were bundled out for 124 in the first innings and 154 in the second innings after follow on. Rohan Kanhai batted splendidly scoring 256 in the first innings for West Indies, while Roy Gilchrist bowled superbly with match figures of 9/73.
India’s biggest victory came at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai on 9 Oct 2002 when they beat the Windies by an innings and 112 runs. India scored 457/10 in their first innings; West Indies were bundled out for 157 in their first innings and 188 in their second innings after follow on. Sehwag was named man of the match for his blistering knock of 147 off 206 balls with 24 hits to the fence and three over it. Harbhajan rattled the West Indian batting order with figures of 7/48 in the 2nd innings.
7) The all-time highest individual score in an innings in a test match between the two sides is 256 scored by Rohan Kanhai of West Indies at Kolkata on 31st December 1958. The innings included 42 hits to the fence.
Amongst the current squad players, India’s Virender Sehwag has the highest individual score of 182 at Beausejour Stadium on 10 Jun 2006. The innings included 20 hits to the fence two over it.
8) The all-time highest run scorer in clashes between the two sides is Sunil Gavaskar with 2749 runs from 27 matches, 48 innings at an average of 65.45 with 13 centuries and 7 half-centuries.
Amongst the current squad players, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, is the highest run scorer (fourth highest overall) with 1822 runs from 21 matches, 36 innings at an average of 67.48 with 6 centuries, 10 half centuries, 9 not outs and a highest score of 140 at Georgetown in April 2002 and kolkata in October 2002.
9) West Indies’ Sir Everton Weeks has the highest average of 106.78 from 10 matches, 15 inns with 1495 runs.
Amongst the current squad players, West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul leads the pack with an average of 67.48 from 21 matches, 36 innings with 1822 runs.
10) Sunil Gavaskar has scored the highest number of centuries, 13, in clashes between the two sides.
Amongst the current squad players; West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul leads the pack with 6 centuries. India’s Rahul Dravid has 4, while Sachin Tendulkar has 3.
11) West Indies’ Sir Everton Weeks has scored the most number of runs in a series with 779 runs from 5 matches, 7 innings at an average of 111.28.
Amongst the current squad players, West Indies’ Chanderpaul leads the pack with 562 runs from 5 matches, 7 innings at an average of 140.5.
12) India’s Kapil Dev has taken the most number of wickets, 89, from 25 matches, 41 innings at an average of 24.89 in clashes between the two sides.
13) Malcolm Marshall of West Indies has taken most wickets in a series, 33 wickets, from 6 matches at an average of 18.81 with best match figures of 9/102.
14) India’s Bishan Singh Bedi has the most number of ducks, 7, while Vivian Richards has most number of catches, 39 catches from 28 matches.
Amongst the current squad players, VVS Laxman leads the pack with 9 catches from 11 matches.
15) West Indies’ Malcolm Marshall has most five wicket hauls, 6, in clashes between the two sides.
16) The pair of Sunil Gavaskar 182* and DB Vengsarkar 157* has the highest partnership of 344* for the 2nd wicket at Kolkata on 29 December 1978.
Amongst the current squad players, the pair of Sachin Tendulkar 176 and VVS Laxman 154 has the highest partnership of 214 for the 5th wicket at Kolkata on 30th October 2002.
(Note: The stats covered are from 1948/49 to 2011.)
This post is by our Guest Sports Blogger Jigar Mehta.