India vs West Indies face off has always been a battle full of ups and downs. India is set to play their first Test match of the 2 matches series. It’s the 1st away series for India and also a crucial one after the WTC final. India have faced West Indies 51 times before on the West Indies’ soil and won only 9 times. India has come out victorious in the last 8 faceoffs in the Test matches. The winning streak of India against West Indies in Test continued from the 2002-03 season. India has young and talented players in the squad like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mukesh Kumar along with highly experienced Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja and others.
The first match will be played at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium, situated in Roseau Dominica. It’s the home ground and home crowd for the West Indies team. The West Indies team is packed with young, inexperienced, yet talented players. Looking at the West Indies cricketing history, they had the most dominating bowling line-up once and This resulted in West Indies winning 30 times out of 98 Test matches against India. Players like Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts used to dominate the opposition with their fast pace. Currently the West Indies team has experienced bowlers like Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel along with young and talented bowlers like Alzarri Joseph.
List of top 5 bowlers with most wickets in India vs West Indies Test matches
- 1. Kapil Dev- 89 wickets
Kapil Dev holds the record for taking most wickets against West Indies. He is also considered as one of the finest players India has ever produced. Kapil Dev was the first Indian captain to bring the World Cup home.
- 2. Malcolm Marshall- 76 wickets
Malcolm Marshall is at the second position with most wickets against India in Test cricket. Malcolm, undoubtedly considered as one of the greatest fast bowlers of the modern era Test cricket.
- 3. Anil Kumble- 74 wickets
Anil Kumble stands tall at the third position with 74 wickets against West Indies in Test cricket. Anil Kumble is widely recognised and considered as the best spin bowler of India till today. He is the only Indian bowler to take 10 wickets haul in Test.
- 4. S. Venkataraghavan- 68 wickets
S. Venkataraghavan is at the fourth position with 68 wickets against West Indies in Test cricket. He captained the Indian team during the first two ICC world cups. Venkataraghavan has one of the longest Test careers in Indian cricketing history.
- 5. Andy Roberts- 67 wickets
Andy Roberts comes at the fifth position with 67 wickets against India in Test cricket. Andy Robers is the first West Indies’ player to win two consecutive world cups back in 1975 and 1979 respectively.
Most wickets by players in India vs West Indies Test cricket
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