India and West Indies share a rich history when it comes to cricket. The 1983 World Cup victory against the mighty West Indian team led to a cricketing revolution in India, the results of which we are seeing today.
As both the teams clash again let’s have a look at their shared history in the World Cup.
1. Group B match, Prudential World Cup, 1979
West Indies won by 9 wickets.
Mind you this was the 2nd World Cup ever played and ODIs were still a very new concept. So a team like India were practically minnows at this point.
Batting first against the defending champions West Indies, India managed to score 190 in 53 overs before being bundled out. West Indies, on the other hand, played like the champion team they were and on the back of a century by Gordon Greenidge chased down the score with 9 wickets in hand.
2. Group B match, Prudential World Cup, 1983
India won by 34 runs.
India might have had become a better team since the last World Cup, but they were still the underdogs in the tournament.
But batting first against the mighty West Indies, the team managed to put 262 on the board after Yashpal Sharma anchored the innings with a gutsy 89. Chasing the score, none of the West Indian batsmen could convert their starts and the team was dismissed for 228.
3. Group B match, Prudential World Cup, 1983
West Indies won by 66 runs.
India played West Indies again at The Oval in London. Although, this time, the defending champions weren’t messing around.
Sir Vivian Richards smashed the Indian bowlers all over the ground to score a century and get West Indies to a massive score.
Chasing 283 to win, the Indian batting collapsed in the face of the brilliant West Indian fast bowling, despite Mohinder Amarnath’s 80 and could only manage to put 216 on board.
4. Final, Prudential World Cup, 1983
India won by 43 runs.
India had managed to get to the World Cup final despite the overwhelming odds it had faced.
But the Indian batting line up was no match for the West Indian attack and was reduced to 180 all out in 55 overs. The score was too low and India was expected to lose.
But one wonders if the Indian team knew that. They bowled and fielded their hearts out and did the impossible. On the last ball of the 52nd over, Amarnath got one to hit Michael Holding’s pad and the umpire raised his finger.
India had lifted the World Cup!
5. Round Robin match, Benson and Hedges World Cup, 1992
West Indies won by 5 wickets (D/L).
Batting first under a cloud cover, India could not get any kind of partnership going and scored 197 in 49.4 overs.
The rains then came pouring down and the target was reduced to 195, which the West Indians chased down despite India’s spirited bowling efforts.
6. Group A match, Wills World Cup, 1996
India won by 5 wickets.
This World Cup was being hosted by the Indian subcontinent, which meant that the home advantage stayed with India.
This showed as Manoj Prabhakar and Anil Kumble went through the West Indian batting line up which folded like a pack of cards. West Indies could only manage to put 173 on the board.
India, on the other hand, had Sachin playing at the peak of his career. The Little Master scored 70 as India easily chased down the total in the 40th over with 5 wickets in hand.
7. Group B match, ICC World Cup, 2011
India won by 80 runs.
Batting first on a flat track, India managed to get only 268 on board, despite Yuvraj Singh’s magnificent century.
Chasing the total, West Indies started extremely well as Dwyane Smith went after the Indian quicks in typical fashion. But Ashwin and Raina managed to get breakthroughs and put their inexperienced middle order to test.
The Indian spinners then wreaked havoc as Ashiwn, Raina, Harbhajan and Yuvraj took 6 wickets between them and the West Indian middle order simply crumbled under pressure and the entire team was dismissed for 188.
8. Pool B match, ICC World Cup, 2015
India won by 4 wickets.
Defending champions India were on a roll during this World Cup and the West Indies were just another obstacle in their path.
MS Dhoni went with 4 specialist bowlers and Jadeja and all 5 of them shared the wickets between them dismissing the team from the Caribbean for the meagre total of 182.
And even though the West Indian bowlers hit the deck and made the ball move to take 6 Indian wickets, the total they put on board was just not good enough as India chased it down with 4 wickets in hand.
Let’s hope, India’s winning streak continues when they play the West Indies tomorrow.