50th anniversary of India’s historic victory over the Caribbean

1971 was an important year in the history of cricket in the West Indies. The West Indies had a strong cricket team at that time. India beat West Indies 1-0 at home in a five-Test series. Under the leadership of captain Ajit Wadekar, India achieved this feat. April 19, 1971 marks the 50th anniversary of India’s historic feat in the Caribbean.
On 13 January 1971, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the squad for the longest tour of the West Indies. The selection committee, with the exception of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Chandu Borde, handed over the leadership to Wadekar. He also handed over the vice-captaincy to Srinivas Venkataraghavan.
Sunil Gavaskar dominated the inaugural Test series against the West Indies fast bowlers. He scored a maximum of 774 runs with three centuries and a double century. Dilip Sardesai’s batting also played an important role in the series.

Reference: E paper Loksatta, India today

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