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The original Padman: How a Windies batsman broke Indian hearts with unique batting

Former West Indies captain and elegant left-handed batsman, James Clive Adams, who is popularly known as Jimmy Adams, had used his pads effectively to keep home spinners at bay during his team’s three-Test series in India.

cricket Updated: Feb 07, 2018 12:46 IST
HT Correspondent
Jimmy Adams saved a Test for West Indies against India on their tour of 1994.
Jimmy Adams saved a Test for West Indies against India on their tour of 1994.(Getty Images)

The social media is abuzz with PadMan Challenge these days ahead of the release of Akshay Kumar’s movie. But there was a ‘PadMan’ in the world of cricket too, who gave Indian cricket team some serious headache in the winter of 1994.

Former West Indies captain and elegant left-handed batsman, James Clive Adams, who is popularly known as Jimmy Adams, had used his pads effectively to keep home spinners at bay during his team’s three-Test series in India.

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In those days playing the ball by taking front foot to the line of the ball almost rendered leg before decision out of equation and Adams took full advantage of it. During that tour, he used his pads more than his bat while facing Indian spinners and it paid him rich dividend.

THE PAD MASTERCLASS

Though Adams was quite effective with his technique throughout the series, he gave a real pad masterclass during his unbeaten knock of 125 off 312 balls against an Indian attack comprising Anil Kumble, Venkatpathy Raju and Rajesh Chauhan in the second Test in Nagpur.

Having won the first Test by 96 runs in Mumbai, India were 1-0 up going into this Test. And after the home side piled on a mammoth 546 in the first innings, the visitors had their backs against the wall. In reply, West Indies were tottering at 98 for 3 and staring in the face of a follow on when Jimmy Adams walked out in the middle.

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He soon saw the departure of Brian Lara, but in the company of Carl Hopper he pulled his team out of the woods. The standout feature of his innings was the way he used his pad as the first line of defense against Indian spinners. Thanks to his monumental effort, West Indies were able to walk away with a draw from the Test.

Later, the visitors drubbed the home team by 243 runs in the third Test in Mohali to level the series 1-1. Adams, the PadMan, was the West Indies’ most successful batsman in the series with an aggregate of 520 runs at an astonishing average of 173.33