Team India is all set to play their four Test match series beginning from Thursday. Virat Kohli led team is confident is looking forward to grip the series with ease. But before our young guns go to show their calibre on field, here is a look at top 10 Indian players who just rocked on the Caribbean fields. Be it batsman, bowler or fielder, Team India has many names who not only performed but also famed India to victory.
In 1971, Team India faced West Indies and conquered to get a global recognition. The winning side introduced young 21-year-old Sunil Gavaskar to the world, who smashed nothing less than 774 runs in the 5 matches. Sunil Gavaskar scored 124 in the first innings and then followed it up with a masterly 220 in the second on the final Test match. This remains the highest individual score by an Indian in the West Indies.
Is Sunil Gavaskar earned fame for his defensive techniques, Virendra Sehwag garnered all praise for his powerful strokes. Virender Sehwag's smashing 180 runs of 190 balls is nothing less than a nightmare for many West Indies bowlers. Though many would argue this as the slow innings of Sehwag but the beautiful inning took India to 588 runs in the first innings. West Indies were bundled out for 215 in their first innings and were made to follow on.
Navjot Singh Sidhu
Navjot Singh Sidhu was famous as the finest stroke maker, but he was the man who could mould his batting as per demands. His 201 runs innings, which lasted for about 11 hours is considered as one of his finest innings in Test cricket.
Wasif Jaffer had earned fame with his brilliant innings on international level. Wasim Jaffer's 212 run innings in Antigua is one of his greatests. The inning came in the second innings of the first match, India were trailing by 130 runs after the first innings and were under considerable pressure. However, Jaffer soaked in everything thrown at him and carved out a memorable innings which put India in the driver's seat.
Dilip Sardesai is the second name that comes after Sunil Gavaskar, who was very dependable man for Team India. His innings of 212 in the very first match of the series set the ball rolling as far as the Indian team is concerned. "He showed us how to play fast bowling, and in doing so gave us the confidence we needed to beat the West Indies. One of his great strengths was that he was always very positive, and he spread that through the team", Gavaskar had said after the game.
Famous as 'The turbanator', Harbhajan Singh is remembered for his mater bowling act against West Indies in 2006. In four match Test series, first three ended in a draw and the pressure rose for the curators to prepare a sporting wicket which would produce results.It was a bowling paradise and India were knocked over for 200 in their 1st innings. In reply, Harbhajan Singh was the wrecker-in-chief as he picked up 5 wickets for 13 runs. Team India bagged 49-run victory in the game.
Anil Kumble, one of the finest spinners in India, is best known for his 6 wicket performance during 2006 Test match series against West Indies.
Ishant Sharma was a standout performer during 2011 series as he picked up nothing less than 20 wickets in the series. He was at his lethal best in the 2nd Test match.
The series marked India’s first ever official tour to West Indies. Subhash Gupte by far was the talking point of the series as far as India was concerned. He picked up 27 wickets in the series and even the very best struggled to cope up with his grit and determination.
One of the greatest all-rounders of Team India Kapil Dev is best known as first Indian Captian to bring World Cup in 1983. In West indies, he had a brilliant now in 1988-89 series. India were performing bad and had lost three matches out of four. But with the help of Kapil Dev’s brilliant performance, team managed to skip defeat in the fourth game.