Here we look at the top five most memorable ODIs between India and West Indies played in India:
1993 – Kolkata, Hero Cup final: India won by 102 runs
The stage was the Hero Cup final in front of a boisterous Eden Gardens crowd on November 27, 1993. Vinod Kambli’s 68 and captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s 38 took India to 225/7.
Anil Kumble (TOI Photo)
Chasing 226, the top four Windies batsmen were removed by Manoj Prabhakar (took Phil Simmons‘ wicket), Sachin Tendulkar (dismissed Brian Lara) and Kapil Dev (removed Richie Richardson and Keith Arthurton) respectively.
From then on, it was Anil Kumble all the way, who ran through the Windies line-up, picking up as many as six wickets giving away just 12 runs off 6.1 overs as India won the match by 102 runs.
Kumble’s 6/12 remained the best ODI bowling figures by an Indian for 21 years.
1987 – Nagpur, 1st ODI: West Indies won by 10 runs
The sight of Patrick Patterson running in to bowl was enough to instill fear in the hearts of batsmen. The high lift of the left leg and smashing it down on the pitch with brute force, only added to his fearsome aura.
Patterson’s burly physique and broad shoulders were enough to send the red cherry screaming through on the surface and it was one of those days on December 8, 1987 at Nagpur when he really let it rip.
Patterson sent the Indian batsmen scurrying for cover as the hosts failed to chase down a 204-run target and were bundled out for 193 runs in 44.4 overs, despite Kapil Dev’s 87-run knock off 64 balls.
Patterson’s 6/29 in 9.4 overs helped the West Indies win the match by 10 runs.
1983 – Jamshedpur, 4th ODI: West Indies won by 104 runs
This match was part of a series tagged the “Revenge Series” that the Windies came to play in India after losing the 1983 World Cup final to India.
Image credit: Viv Richards’ Twitter handle
The brute strike force of Vivian Richards on December 7, 1983 at Jamshedpur was enough to set the stands on fire. Opener Gordon Greenidge scored 115, but Richards sent the Indian bowlers on a leather hunt by smacking three sixes and as many as 20 fours in his 149-run knock that came off just 99 deliveries.
Richards’ knock powered the Windies to 333/8. Sunil Gavaskar’s 83 wasn’t enough to take India anywhere near victory as the hosts lost by 104 runs and the Windies took a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.
2011 – Indore, 4th ODI: India won by 153 runs
This match, on December 8, 2011 at Indore, is largely remembered for Virender Sehwag becoming the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to hit a double century in one-day internationals.
Virender Sehwag (AP Photo)
Leading the side in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Nawab of Najafgarh took the West Indies bowling attack to the cleaners by smashing 7 sixes and 25 fours in his swashbuckling knock of 219 off 149 balls.
Sehwag’s fiery knock ensured that India finished with their highest ODI total at that time (418/5), with notable contributions from Gautam Gambhir (67) and Suresh Raina (55).
At that time, India’s total was the joint fourth-highest by any side and also the tenth 400-plus total in ODIs at that time as India romped home to a 153-run win, despite Denesh Ramdin’s 96 as the Windies were bowled out for 265 runs.
1989 – Nehru Cup, 8th ODI: West Indies won by 20 runs
West Indies captain Vivian Richards first scored 44 runs with the bat and then turned the match on its head with the ball as India failed to chase down a 197-run target on October 23, 1989.
India were seemingly cruising, till Richards came into the attack after the likes of Curtly Ambrose, Winston Benjamin, Courtney Walsh and Malcolm Marshall.
Raman Lamba top scored with 61, but then the Indian batting order just collapsed like a pack of cards as Richards bamboozled the host batsmen with his slow deliveries.
Richards’ 6/41 in 9.4 overs saw India crashing to 176 all out, enabling the visitors to register a 20-run victory.