A look at memorable matches that defined the era…

India vs West Indies, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Mar 6-10, 1971

India won the second of five Tests at Port of Spain while all the remaining Tests were drawn, helping them achieve a series win against West Indies in the Caribbean for the first time. Dilip Sardesai’s first-innings century and S Venkataraghavan’s five-wicket haul in West Indies’ second innings proved crucial.

Brief scores: West Indies 214 (C Davis 71*; E Prasanna 4/54) and 261 (R Fredericks 80, C Davis 74*; S Venkataraghavan 5/95). India 352 (D Sardesai 112; J Noreiga 9/95) and 125/3 (S Gavaskar 67*). India won by 7 wickets.

India vs England, The Oval, London, August 19-24, 1971

Thirty-nine years after playing their maiden Test series in England, India defeated England in their own backyard for the first time. The feat was accomplished courtesy of a four-wicket victory in the third Test at The Oval.

Brief scores: England 355 (A Knott 90, J Jameson 82; E Solkar 3/28) and 101 (B Chandrasekhar 6/38). India 284 (F Engineer 59; R Illingworth 5/70) and 174/6 (A Wadekar 45; D Underwood 3/72). India won by 4 wickets.

Mohinder Amarnath won the Player of the Match in the 1983 World Cup final.

India vs West Indies, Port of Spain, April 7-12, 1976

West Indies had thrashed India in the first Test; India had folded in a tour match in just two-and-a-half days after that, and nobody gave India a chance for the second Test. In the first innings, West Indies scored 359 and India replied with 228. In the second innings, West Indies scored 271/6 when Clive Lloyd, wanting an outright victory declared the innings,. But Sunil Gavaskar (102), Mohinder Amarnath (85), GR Vishwanath (112) and Brijesh Patel (49) had other ideas as India won with six wickets to spare. They had chased down an unimaginable 403 for victory. Gavaskar, who had been a part of both Trinidad 1971 and Oval 1971 triumphs, would call this “India’s greatest Test victory”.

Brief scores: West Indies 359 (V Richards 177; BS Chandrasekhar 6/120) & 271/6d (Alvin Kallicharran (103*). India 228 (M Lal 42; M Holding 6/65) and 406/4 (GR Vishwanath 112, S Gavaskar 102). India won by 6 wickets.

India vs West Indies, Lord’s, London, June 25, 1983

Undoubtedly, this is the game that turned Indian cricket’s fortunes. Nobody fancied their chances in a World Cup final against two-time champions West Indies, but key contributions from a number of players helped them pull off a stunning upset.

Brief scores: India 183 (K Srikkanth 38, M Amarnath 26; A Roberts 3/32). West Indies 140 (M Amarnath 3/12). India won by 43 runs.

India vs Australia, Chepauk, September 18-22, 1986

Only the second tied Test in the game’s history, the first was between Australia and West Indies in Brisbane in 1960. Dean Jones’s double century, Kapil Dev’s swashbuckling 119 and Sunil Gavaskar’s second-innings 90 were some of the highlights.

Brief scores: Australia 574/7d (D Jones 210, D Boon 122; S Yadav 4/142) and 170/5d (D Boon 49; Maninder Singh 3/60). India 397 (K Dev 119; G Matthews 5/103) and 347 (S Gavaskar 90; R Bright 5/94). Match tied.