India in West Indies: Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble – The Caribbean Kings

India start their ICC World Test Championship campaign with a two-match Test series against West Indies, starting 22 August, Thursday at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. This will be India’s 12th Test series in the Caribbean and would be seeking their fifth series win. India have been victorious in the last three Test series played in West Indies (2006, 2011 and 2016), while the maiden win came way back in 1971.

We take a look at the stats from India vs West Indies Tests in West Indies over the years.

Most runs

‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid leads the tally for most runs in the West Indies in a Test series for India with 1511 runs in 17 matches at an average of 65.69, including three hundreds and 11 fifties, followed by Sunil Gavaskar with 1404 runs in 13 matches at an average of 70.20, with seven centuries and four fifties to his name. However, overall, West Indies Shivnarine Chanderpaul leads the tally between the teams with 1547 runs at an average of 70.31 in 17 matches including five centuries and nine fifties. sir Gary Sobers is the only other West Indies to score over 1000 runs in India vs West Indies Tests in the West Indies, with 1021 runs in just 10 matches at an average of 72.92. While for India apart from Dravid and Gavaskar, VVS Laxman and Polly Umrigar also have over 1000 runs in India vs West Indies Tests in West Indies. Among active players Virat Kohli has the most runs for India in India vs West Indies Tests in West Indies with 327 runs in seven matches at an average of 36.33.


Player Matches Runs Avg HS
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 17 1547 70.31 140
Rahul Dravid 17 1511 65.69 146
Sunil Gavaskar 13 1404 70.20 220
VVS Laxman 16 1146 47.75 130
Gary Sobers 10 1021 72.92 178*

Most wickets

Anil Kumble leads the wicket-taking tally against West Indies in Tests in West Indies with 45 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 31/28 and a best of 6/78 in an innings followed by S Venkataraghavan, who scalped 39 wickets at 43.58 and Harbhajan Singh with 36 wicket at an average of 25.86. The Best bowling figures for India in Tests in the West Indies belongs to Subhash Gupte, who picked up 7/162 way back in the 1953 tour. Interestingly, Ishant Sharma is the only Indian bowler to have claimed a 10-wicket haul in a match. He returned 10/108 at Bridgetown in the second Test in 2011.

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Player Matches Wickets Avg BBI
Anil Kumble 11 45 31.28 6/78
Malcolm Marshall 8 40 19.62 6/55
S Venkataraghavan 13 39 43.58 5/95
Harbhajan Singh 8 36 25.86 5/13
Kapil Dev 9 35 23.11 6/84


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For West Indies Malcolm Marshall leads the tally with 40 wickets in just eight matches at an average of 10.62 followed by Sobers with 35 wickets in ten matches at an average of 24.97 and then Michael Holding with 31 wickets in nine matches at 28.38. The best figures in an India vs West Indies Tests in West Indies belongs to off-spinner Jack Noreiga who claimed 9/95 in only his second Test, in 1971 at Port of Spain. Two West Indian bowlers have claimed aw haul of ten wickets in a match with Marshall returning 11/89 in 1989 at Port of Spain and Courtney Walsh registering 10/101 in 1989 at Kingston.

Most catches

Dravid and Sir Viv Richards with 21 catches are players with most catches as a fielder in an India vs West Indies Test in the West Indies. While Dravid played 17 matches, Richards managed to hold on to 21 catches in just 13 matches. Closely following the the duo is Brian Lara with 19 catches 14 matches while Sobers and Frank Worrell have 15 catches each in 10 matches, respectively. India’s Eknath Solkar is the next best Indian fielder on the list with 12 catches in just six matches.

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Successful wicketkeepers

Among wicketkeepers Jeff Dujon is the leader with a total of 33 dismissals (32 catches and one stumping), in just nine matches, followed MS Dhoni with 29 dismissal’s to his name in seven matches with 25 catches and seven stumpings.