West Indies vs India 2016: 5 best batting performances by Indian batsmen in the West Indies
We take a look at the top 5 innings by Indian batsmen in the Caribbean islands.
Any mention of the 1970s or 80s cricket evokes memories of the fearsome bowling attack of the West Indies. The sight of tall, menacing fast bowlers running in and then hurling a missile in the veil of a red ball is one for the ages. The numerous scars on the body of the opposition batsman is a testament to the thunderbolts which were hurled at them.
Scoring runs were the last option in mind, and survival was paramount for the batsmen. Amidst all this swagger and aplomb, there have been performances from Indian batsmen which shine out even to this day.
There is no doubt that the effectiveness of the Caribbean bowlers has waned over the years, as has the nature of the pitches, but in spite of all this, scoring runs in the West Indies is always a coveted feat.
Here, in this list, we take a look 5 best performances of Indian batsmen in the West Indies.
#1 Sunil Gavaskar- 220
1971 was a breakthrough year for Indian cricket in many different ways. From beating an all-conquering West Indies side, to standing up for all challenges, it was a tour which gave Indian cricket its recognition.
This series also introduced a 21-year old Sunil Gavaskar to the world, as the young boy plundered 774 runs in the 5 matches.
India were leading the 5 match series 1-0 and went into the final test match with one eye set on the series.
Gavaskar who had grabbed attention due to his superlative batting was not yet done. The maestro scored 124 in the first innings and then followed it up with a masterly 220 in the second. This remains the highest individual score by an Indian in the West Indies.
India also went on to win the 5-match series 1-0.