WI vs IND: 5 Indian batsmen who made a mark in the Caribbean


West Indies was always a place where great batsmen became legends. A batsman had to play against some of the most terrifying fast bowlers in the world. Managing to score runs on those fast and bouncy wickets was always a big accomplishment. No wonder some of the greatest Indian batters of all-time have an excellent record against the Windies away from home. Despite the pitches not being so threatening and bowlers not so menacing, scoring runs in the Caribbean in Test cricket has always been a symbol of excellence.

From Gavaskar to Dravid, here we take a look at 5 Indian batsmen who have made an undeniable mark in West Indies.

Rahul Dravid

A batsman renowned for the correctness of his technique, Dravid always managed to score a plethora of runs against the Windies. Playing 17 matches in the Caribbean from 1997-2011, Dravid scored 1511 runs at an average of 65.69. His run tally includes 3 centuries and 11 half-centuries. Overall, Dravid scored 1978 runs against the Caribbean outfit in Test cricket.

Sunil Gavaskar

The Indian maestro announced his arrival in world cricket with his exploits in the West Indies. Playing against some of the greatest bowlers of all-time, Gavaskar played 13 matches in the West Indies between 1971 and 1983. He scored a mammoth 1404 runs at an average of 70.20 with 7 centuries and 4 half-centuries. The little master scored 2749 runs against the Windies in his Test career at an average of 65.45 with a staggering 13 centuries.

VVS Laxman

Playing 16 matches in West Indies between 1997 and 2011, the elegant Hyderabadi scored 1146 runs. He had 2 centuries and 10 half-centuries to his name, at an average of 47.45. In his career, Laxman played 22 matches against the Caribbean outfit, scoring 1715 runs at an average of 57.16 with 4 centuries.

Polly Umrigar

One of the pillars of Indian cricket, Polly Umrigar enjoyed an excellent record in the Caribbean. Playing 10 matches between 1953-62, Umrigar scored 1005 runs at an average of 55.83 with 3 centuries and 7 half-centuries. Overall, Umrigar scored 1372 runs in 16 matches against the Windies at an average of 50.81.

Mohinder Amarnath

The hero of the 1983 World Cup final, Mohinder Amarnath was always a bit of a thorn in the flesh for the Windies. Amarnath played 9 Test matches in the Caribbean between 1976 and 1983. He scored 877 runs at an average of 54.81 with 2 centuries and 6 half-centuries. Amarnath scored 1076 runs in 17 matches at an average of 38.42 with 3 centuries against the Windies.