West Indies in India: A brief Test history (1987-2013)
Aged 19, a bespectacled Hirwani made history with match figures of 16/136 in his first Test. @Getty

Ahead of the India vs West Indies Test series starting October 4 at Rajkot, we take a look at how West Indies have fared on tours to India down the years. Overall, since the first tour by a West Indian team in 1948, the record stands at 14 wins, 11 losses and 20 draws for West Indies in India.

Click here to read part one, from 1948-1983.

1987-88 – Series drawn 1-1

Either side of two draws in Mumbai and Kolkata lay the victories that set up the series scoreline. The opening day of the series at the Feroz Shah Kotla did not go well for Dilip Vengsarkar s India who were bowled out for 75 in 30.5 overs with Patrick Patterson claiming 5/24 and Winston Davis 3/20. Chetan Sharma s 5/55 helped reduce the lead to 52 as West Indies were bowled out for 127, but the damage was irreparable. A Vengsarkar hundred (102) carried India to 327, setting West Indies a target of 27 which they knocked off with five wickets in hand on the back of the captain Vivian Richards unbeaten 109 off 111 balls.

Two draws left Vengsarkar s India needing to beat West Indies in Chennai and they did just that, aided by Kapil Dev s 124-ball 109 in their first innings of 382 and blockbuster Test debut from the legspinner Narendra Hirwani. Aged 19, a bespectacled Hirwani made history with match figures of 16/136 in his first Test to bowl out West Indies for 184 in their first innings and a day later for 160 to give India victory by 255 runs.

1994-95 – Series drawn 1-1

West Indies decline had not properly begun, but the signs were there. India had become a force at home and it showed when they won by 96 runs in Mumbai, where Venkatapathy Raju s left-arm spin fetched him eight wickets and Javagal Srinath as named Man of the Match for scoring a crucial 60 off 72 balls and taking 4/48 in West Indies second innings.

At Nagpur, hundreds to Navjot Sidhu (107) and Sachin Tendulkar (179) and 97 to the skipper Mohammad Azharuddin put up 546/9 in India s first innings. Raju (5/127) and Anil Kumble (3/131) helped keep West Indies to 428 after which India declared with a lead of 326. Chasing 327, West Indies quickly fell to 22/3 but escaped with a draw thanks to Carl Hooper s 67.

Jimmy Adams was at the forefront of West Indies' series-levelling win in 1994-95.
Jimmy Adams was at the forefront of West Indies’ series-levelling win in 1994-95. @Getty

At Mohali, Jimmy Adams rallied with a match-winning 174 not out out of a first-innings total of 443 and then a vastly different 78 not out from 84 balls in the second as West Indies, after bowling out India for 387, pushed for quick runs and declared on 301/3 in 56.3 overs, a run-rate of 5.32. Set 358 to win, India were dismissed for 114 in 35.2 overs with Kenny Benjamin the star with 5/65.

2002-03 (India won 2-0)

The fortunes of both teams had changed dramatically when they next met in India. Sourav Ganguly s side had drawn a famous series in England and with Rahul Dravid in the form of life, Hooper s touring team was no match. Centuries to Virender Sehwag (147) and Dravid (100) set up an innings win in Mumbai, which was completed by a seven-wicket haul from Harbhajan Singh in West Indies second innings.

In Chennai, Harbhajan and Kumble spun India to an eight-wicket win before a draw at Eden Gardens, in which second-innings hundreds to Tendulkar (176) and VVS Laxman (154*) averted India defeat as bad light forced the close.

2011-12 – India won 2-0

MS Dhoni s India claimed the first Test at the Kotla by five wickets on debut R Ashwin was Man of the Match for claiming 6/47 in West Indies second innings after he took three in their first. India had been bowled out for 209 in their first innings in reply to West Indies 304, but Ashwin s six wickets pulled the match back their way.

At Eden Gardens, Dravid (119), Laxman (176*) and Dhoni (144) hit centuries in a massive 631/7 declared which buried West Indies. Pragyan Ojha continued his strong series with four wickets to help bowl out West Indies for 153, and following-on they made 463 with Umesh Yadav, in his second Test, adding four wickets to finish with seven in the game.

Darren Sammy's side drew a thriller in Mumbai in 2011 with a run-out off the last ball of the Test.
Darren Sammy’s side drew a thriller in Mumbai in 2011 with a run-out off the last ball of the Test. @AFP

One of the most gripping draws in India ensued in Mumbai, with the match ending with West Indies 242/9 – just the second draw ever with the scores level. The last day at the Wankhede Stadium was gripping, West Indies being dismissed for 134 from an overnight 81/2 as Ojha (6/47) and Ashwin (4/34) sharing all 10 wickets. Chasing 243 from 64 overs, India were very nearly given a shock by an injury-hit West Indies. It all came down to the last over, from which India needed six runs to win and West Indies two wickets. It ended with the scores level, with Ashwin run out for 14 off the last ball of the Test.

2013-14 – India won 2-0

A one-sided series, in which Tendulkar bowed out of international cricket in front of a packed Wankhede Stadium, dismissed for 74 in his final innings. Both Tests were over inside three days.

At Eden Gardens, Rohit Sharma marked his belated Test debut with 177 and Ashwin made 124 while the debutant Mohammed Shami took nine wickets. At the Wankhede, Rohit scored an unbeaten 111 and Ojha, in what would prove his last Test match, was Man of the Match for taking five wickets in each innings.