Wednesday, 7 June 2017

How did Team India win against West Indies in 1971?

New Delhi: This is 1971's thing. Team India visited the West Indies.  There  was no great expectation about this tour, because at that time the West Indies team was considered very strong. For India, defeating the West Indies was not only difficult but it was impossible. Between 1948 and 1967, five Test series was played between India and the West Indies and all the West Indies won. To win the series is very distant ... India has not won a single Test match against the West Indies in 19 years. In these 19 years, 24 Test matches were played between the two teams. West Indies won 12 matches, while 12 were drawn. Not only that, in the last 15 games against India, the West Indies did a great show and won 10 matches.


First Test match, this player has scored double century

When the West Indies team was in such a great form and playing on their home ground, hoping to win the team India was like shooting an arrow in the dark. Then on March 6, 1971, the first Test match was played between India and the West Indies. After losing the toss, Team India gave away three wickets for 36 runs while batting first. Now Dilip Sardesai landed on the field to bat. The Sardesai were handled on one end, but the wickets were falling on the other end. On the 75th, India's five wickets fell, but Sardesai was not going to give up. Sardesai surprised everyone by playing spectacular shorts all around. Sardesai and Eknath Solkar shared a 137-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Not only this, for the ninth wicket, there was a 122-run partnership between Sardesai and Erapalli Prasanna. In this match Sardesai scored 212 runs in the first innings. This was the first time that a player from the team India had scored a double century against the West Indies. Team India was successful in getting this test match drawn.


Sardesai's century in the second Test, Team India won the first match against the West Indies

On 6 March 1971, the second Test was played between Queens Park Oval between the two teams. West Indies batting first, winning the toss, scored 214 runs in the first innings. In this Test match, Dilip Sardesai scored 112 runs in the first innings. Sardesai's excellent innings helped India to score 352 runs in the first innings. West Indies's second innings collapsed only 261 runs There was a golden opportunity in front of India to win the match against the West Indies. Team India needed only 124 runs in the second innings to win the match against the West Indies. Team India did not let this opportunity go hand in hand. In the second innings, India lost only three wickets and reached the target of victory.

A new hero debut
In this match, another Hero debut for Team India. Through this Test match, Sunil Manohar Gavaskar started his cricket career. Gavaskar played a magnificent innings of 65 runs in the first innings and scored a 67 not out in the second innings to give India the victory. India won history by winning this match. He won the Test match against West Indies for the first time in 23 years.

Gavaskar proved to be the hero in the third Test
In the third Test, Gavaskar won the hearts of cricket fans while batting brilliantly. Team India had scored 376 in response to West Indies' 363 in the first innings and opener Sunil Gavaskar played a brilliant 116 runs from Team India. In the second innings, the West Indies declared their innings at 307 and in the second innings, India lost the wicket without scoring 123. In the second innings, Sunil Gavaskar scored 64 runs in the second innings.

Gavaskar and Sardesai hit centuries in fourth Test

Team India also managed to draw the fourth Test. The magnificent West Indies in the first innings scored a huge score of 501. India's start was very bad, Team India gave away 6 wickets for only 70 runs but Dilip Sardesai scored 150 while batting brilliantly. Sardesai and Eknath Solkar shared a 176-run partnership for the seventh wicket and India reached 347 in their first innings. In the second innings, the West Indies had declared their innings at 180 runs. In the second innings from India, Sunil Gavaskar managed to draw the match while not out on a paltry 117 runs.


Gavaskar's double century in last Test

The fifth match between India and the West Indies. The West Indies had to save themselves by winning this match, while India was a history composition by keeping the match in check. Earlier, while batting, Team India had scored 360 in the first innings thanks to Gavaskar's magnificent century. Gavaskar played 124 runs. Sardesai also scored 75 runs. West Indies made 526 runs in their first innings in the play-offs, due to which the pressure on India increased, but the pressure of this pressure was in Gavaskar's hands. In the second innings, Gavaskar battled brilliantly, batting 220 with a double century and India's score reached 427. Now the West Indies needed 262 runs in the second innings to win the match, but only 40 overs were in hand. West Indies tried to play fast but in these 40 overs, only 165 runs were scored on eight wickets and the match got drawn. With this draw, India created history and won the Test series 1-0 against the West Indies for the first time in 23 years.
                                                             --Anita Saraswati


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