On July 20, at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, India’s Test cricket and West Indies will face off in the 100th Test match. In 1948, over 75 years ago, the two teams played their first Test match against one another.
The game, which took place in Delhi from November 10 to 14, was a tie. West Indies batted first and amassed a massive 631 score. The Indian team, captained by Lala Amarnath, was invited to continue after their first innings ended with an all-out score of 454. They were able to score 220/6 runs in the second inning, tying the game.
The test rivalry between India and the West Indies generated a number of noteworthy occasions throughout the course of the next decade. In the bulk of the series, the Caribbean side controlled the proceedings; however, this pattern has recently changed.
Between 1948 and 2002, WI was able to win 12 series, compared to India’s two victories. A draw occurred in two series in 1987 and 1994. The situation, however, altered in 2002, and India has since won each of the previous eight Test series against the West Indies.
Caribbean team has not defeated India in a Test match since 2002. The previous time they defeated India was in May of that year, when a team led by Carl Hooper easily defeated a team led by Sourav Ganguly by 155 runs.
With 30 victories from 99 Tests, West Indies continues to have the better head-to-head record overall. India has 23 victories, while 46 games have resulted in draws.
The captain India’s Test cricket team Rohit Sharma stated before the 100th test against the West Indies team “There has been so much history between both teams”
On the eve of their 100th match, Rohit Sharma discussed the history of the Test format between India and West Indies during a news conference prior to the second test. He stated:
“There has obviously been a lot of history between the two teams. The fact that it has been occurring since before I was born demonstrates its lengthy history. Both sides have produced entertaining cricket matches. I’m hoping the same for this Test match.”
7.30 p.m. at Tonight (Indian Standard Time), the 100th Test between India and the West Indies will begin.
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