India will be aiming to build on their recent success in the Caribbean as Virat Kohli’s team prepares to face the West Indies in a four-match seriesFor the first time in 10 years, India will play a four-Test series against the West Indies. The Virat Kohli-led side fared pretty well against Sri Lanka and got the better of South Africa at home. However, their real test of winning overseas consistently will start from this series. On the other hand, West Indies have had a rough ride in Tests during the last few years and are in desperate need of wins. Here is a statistical preview of these two teams’ Test rivalry in the Caribbean:
5 – Number of wins for India in West Indies. Their last victory came in 2011 at Kingston, Jamaica. Riding on a magnificent 112-run knock from Rahul Dravid, India defeated the hosts by 63 runs to win the three-match series 1-0.
45 – Wickets taken by Anil Kumble in West Indies, the most by an Indian bowler. In 11 Tests, ‘Jumbo’ took three five-wicket hauls, with best figures of 6/78 in India’s famous win at Jamaica in 2006.
1 – Number of home Test series won by West Indies in the last three years.
237 – Frank Worrell’s highest score against India in West Indies, the best by any Windies batsmen vs India
1511 – Runs scored by Rahul Dravid in West Indies, the most by an Indian batsmen. In 17 Tests, the ‘Wall’ hit three hundreds and 11 fifties at an average of 65.69. On the other hand, former West Indies skipper Shivnarine Chanderpaul has scored the most runs (1547) vs India in West Indies.
4 – Number of players in the current Indian squad who have toured the West Indies in past. (Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra and Murali Vijay)
6/55 – Bowling figures of Ishant Sharma in Bridgetown Test of 2011, the best by an Indian ever in West Indies. In that series, Ishant grabbed 22 scalps in three Tests at a strike-rate of 33.70.
631 – West Indies’ highest score ever (in 1962) against India at home. India’s 588 at Gros Islet in 2006 is their best in the Caribbean.
7 – Number of tons scored by Sunil Gavaskar in West Indies, the most by an Indian batsman. Dilip Sardesai comes second on this list with three hundreds in eight Tests. As for the West Indies, Viv Richards’ five in 13 Tests are the most by any batsman vs India at home
29 – Number of dismissals effected by MS Dhoni behind the stumps in seven Tests, the most by an Indian in West Indies.
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