New Delhi: Here is a startling fact on which most have missed out. During the IPL 4 tournament, five franchises were captained by Indian cricketers, whereas remaining five were led by foreign cricketers. Interestingly, none of the five Indian players who led their IPL franchise (Sachin Tendulkar-Mumbai Indians, Virender Sehwag-Delhi Daredevils, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-Chennai Super Kings, Gautam Gambhir-Kolkata Knight Riders and Yuvraj Singh-Pune Sahara Warriors) are not a part of the national team touring Caribbean Islands for the T-20 and ODI series.

Therefore, it will be a battle of Even Stevens when the Indian cricket team with less than half of their regular players and an inexperienced West Indies (WI) cricket team lock horns in the T-20 match and five match ODI series starting from June 4.

In the absence of star cricketers, Suresh Raina who was not a part of the Indian team for a large part of the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2011, has been given the charge of the national side. Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli and Pravin Kumar (on a comeback after an injury) are among the regular players of the national side. While Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Dhoni have been rested for the T-20 and ODI series, Yuvraj, Sehwag and Gambhir are not playing due to injuries.

This would be the second occasion when Raina will be leading the national side. Previously, he had captained the team in a triangular series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. The Indian team won three matches and lost in under Raina’s captaincy. After a successful stint in IPL 4, Raina would be aiming to continue with his successful run and stem his chances of securing a permanent place in the regular Indian side.

BCCI’s selection for the ODI series remained in the thick of controversy as Gautam Gambhir was earlier named as the Captain, but due to an injury he withdrew himself from the tour. With no other option and in the absence of virtually all the seniors, Raina was named the captain of Indian squad.

History of India-WI ODI matches

Till date India and West Indies have played 96 ODI matches with each other. Out of which WI has won in 54 matches, India emerged victorious on 39 occasion, two matches had no results whereas one match ended in a tie. Though the record suggests that Windies have an upper hand, but it is worth mentioning that most of their victories came in late 1970s and 80s.

From 1990 onwards, India has proved a better team and won most of the matches played between these two nations. The first ODI match played between these two countries was on June 9, 1979 at Edgbaston, Birmingham in the Prudential World Cup. With 8.3 overs to spare, WI registered a convincing victory by a margin of 9 wickets.

The last time when both these teams came face to face was in a league match of ICC World Cup 2011. India registered a thumping victory by a huge margin of 80 runs.

According to cricket experts, the final of Prudential World Cup 1983 was the changing phase of Indian cricket. The match played between India and WI is till date regarded as one of the most intriguing matches and perhaps the best final even witnessed. Batting first, Indian side led by Kapil Dev scored a modest 183 runs, with opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth coming up with a valuable contribution of 36 runs.

With legends like Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards, Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge, Jeff Dujon and Larry Gomes forming the formidable WI batting order not many fancied India winning the final with only 183 runs on board. However, as history was to be written Indian pace attack of Kapil Dev, Madan Lal, Roger Binny, Balvinder Singh Sandhu and Mohinder Amarnath stunned the world by knocking down WI team for only 140 runs. It is worth mentioning that in 1983 ODI matches were a 60 over each game.

Dhoni is the most successful Indian skipper against Windies, as under his leadership India has won 4 ODIs, lost 1, and NR 1 out of 6 matches.

The only T-20 match between India and WI was played at Lord’s on June 12, 2009 in the ICC T-20 World cup. WI defeated India by a margin of seven wickets.  

Recent performances

After winning the ICC World Cup 2011, this will be the first international tour of India. A long IPL season has kept the players busy and to the country’s benefit Indian cricketers have been playing even during the off season.

WI was knocked out of the ICC World Cup 2011 in the quarter final stage by Pakistan. After World Cup, Pakistan toured WI, were the two countries were involved in a tough ODI and test series. While test series ended in a 1-1 draw, Pakistan defeated the host nation by a 3-2 margin.

ODI played at WI

Till date, six ODI series have been played between the two countries at WI. The host nation has won four series, whereas India has won two series.

India in West Indies
 
  Year                                 Winner                                    Captain
1982-83                          West Indies 2-1 (3)                      Kapil Dev
1988-89                          West Indies 5-0 (5)                      Dilip Vengsarkar
1996-97                          West Indies 3-1 (4)                      Sachin Tendulkar
2001-02                          India 2-1 (5)                                Sourav Ganguly
2006                               West Indies 4-1 (5)                      Rahul Dravid
2009                               India 2-1 (4)                                MS Dhoni
 
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run scorer against Windies, with 1573 runs in 39 matches at an average of 52.43. It includes four centuries and 11 fifties as well.
 
The highest partnership of 183 runs for any wicket against the WI is between Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar in 2002.
 
Indian former spearhead Ajit Agarkar tops the list of highest wicket takers. Agarkar has taken 15 wickets in 8 matches with a healthy economy rate of 3.62.
 
In 12 matches against WI, Harbhajan has taken 9 wickets with the economy of 4.58.
 
Squads:
 
India: Suresh Raina (Captain), Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Subramaniam Badrinath, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Vinay Kumar
 
West Indies: Darren Sammy (Captain), Carlton Baugh(Wicketkeeper), Devendra Bishoo, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons

JPN