The 2-match Test series between India and Windies is around the corner with Team India already marked as favourites to win. Windies, on the other side, are set to face a tough challenge and would like to end the 16-year old drought. So just before this short Test series, let’s take a look at the top 5 Test innings by Indians against Windies post 2000:
Wasim Jaffer’s 212 at Antigua Recreation Ground in 2006
If there was any Indian player who could match the class of the legendary Rahul Dravid in Test cricket, then it has to be Wasim Jaffer. He was a bit unlucky throughout his career by not getting enough chances. The right-hander is widely remembered for his top-class innings that he played against Windies in 2006.
After batting first, Indian could only score 241 in their first innings. In reply, the Caribbean side amassed 371 runs with the help of half-centuries from Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo. India were on the back foot at one time before the opener Wasim Jaffer played one of his best-ever innings. His double century helped visitors score 521/6 in the second innings.
Windies had to chase down a massive 392 in the fourth innings but they couldn’t do it because of some special effort from Anil Kumble with the ball. In the end, they managed to restrict India to a draw. Jaffer was awarded Man of the Match for his special knock.
Virat Kohli’s 200 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in 2016
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is widely considered as the best batsman of this generation. He has proved his abilities on various occasions including the one that took place in West Indies a couple of years ago. After batting first, India managed to put a massive total of 566 on the board in front of the home team. Virat Kohli was the show-stopper in that innings as he scored his first-ever double century in Test cricket. His innings was an example of pure class and perfect temperament.
In reply, the Windies could only manage to score 243 in their first innings; thanks to Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami who picked up 4-wickets each. India enforced the follow-on and wrap up the home side once again on 231 in their second innings, thus won the game by an innings and 92 runs.
VVS Laxman’s 176* at Eden Gardens in 2011
VVS Laxman’s love-affair with Kolkata can’t be matched with any of the other love stories. He amassed 281 at this ground during the early days of his career and then smashed an unbeaten 176 when he was almost at the end of his successful career. This time the opposition was West Indies when they toured India in 2011.
Laxman’s 176* helped India put a mountainous total of 631/7 dec. on the board. It was clear that Dhoni will enforce the follow-on after this huge score. West Indies could only score 153 in their first innings but showed some promise in the second innings by putting 463 on the board. In the end, India won the battle by an innings and 15 runs. Laxman won the Man of the Match award for his very very special innings.
Sachin Tendulkar’s 176 at Eden Gardens in 2002
How can anyone forget Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to brilliant knocks played by Indian players? He played a top class knock against West Indies in 2002 series when the Caribbean side toured India. After scoring 358 in the first innings, India were very much in command of the game before the visitors posted 497 in reply.
The hosts were 139 runs behind and that’s when Tendulkar took the responsibility on his shoulders. He smashed 176 and batted for almost 7 hours alongside VVS Laxman in the second innings. India managed to save the Test match and won the series 2-0 in the end. Sachin Tendulkar was awarded Man of the Match for his scintillating knock.