New Delhi, July 20: Team India under the leadership of Virat Kohli will be playing the first match of the four-Test series at West Indies' Antigua on July 21.
Team India's track record in the Caribbean hasn't been an impressive one therefore expectations are quite high from this Indian side, who are considered favourites. On paper, the 17-member Indian Test squad looks stronger than their West Indian counterparts.
Here are some interesting facts about India's tour of West Indies:
Ever since India's maiden tour of West Indies in 1952/53, the visitors have never been able to win more than one Test match on Caribbean soil.
India's tour of West Indies in 1952/53: India lose 0-1
The Indian team was led by Vijay Hazare. India played 5 Test matches on this tour and lost series 0-1. Team managed to draw 4 Tests and lost 1. (Selecting Playing XI would be giving sleepless nights to Virat Kohli)
The fifth Test match was notable for the double ton by Sir Frank Worrell and five other centuries. Sir Everton Weekes made 207 runs.
Polly Umrigar (560 runs) and Madhav Apte (460 runs) were the highest run scorers for India on this tour while Subhash Gupte picked 27 wickets on this tour.
India's tour of West Indies in 1961/63: Nawab Pataudi becomes youngest India captain
India under the captaincy of Nari Contractor was badly humiliated by a dominant West Indies side as they were sent back after a whitewash. India lost all 5 Test matches on the tour and lost the first Tests by 10 wickets and by an innings.
It was during 3rd Test match of this tour when Contractor was hit on the head by a Charlie Griffith bouncer and was ruled out of the series. Contractor couldn't make it to Indian team after this Test.
Nawab Pataudi was appointed stand-in captain and thus became the youngest Indian cricketer to captain the Indian side.
India's tour of West Indies in 1970/71: Birth of Gavaskar era
India registered it's first Test victory on West Indies' soil during this tour and world witnessed the rise of a new star in Sunil Gavaskar. India won the five-match Test series 1-0 under the captaincy of Ajit Wadekar.
India won the second Test match after chasing a target of 124 runs. In his first Test innings Gavaskar scored 65 and scored 67 in the second innings. In the fifth and final Test match young Gavaskar scored 124 in the first innings and 220 in the second against world's most lethal bowling line-up and world saw emergence of a new batting star.
Gavaskar finished the series with record 774 runs from four Tests, including four hundreds and one double hundred.
With 642 runs Dilip Sardesai was the second highest run-getter on this tour.
India's tour of West Indies in 1975/76: India lose 1-2
India lost this series 2-1 under the captaincy of Bishen Singh Bedi. After losing the first Test match India managed to draw the second Test match, thanks to Gavaskar's 156 and Brijesh Patel's 115* and skipper Bedi's eight wickets haul in the match.
India bounced back in the 3rd Test and leveled the series by registering a six-wicket win. India also did an impossible on this tour after chasing down a mammoth total of 403 runs in the final innings. Gavaskar (102) and Gundappa Viswanath (112) were the heroes in the highest-successful run chase in Test cricket, a record only to be broken after 27 years i.e. in 2002-03.
West Indies won the final Test by 10 wickets and thus won the series 2-1.
India's tour of West Indies in 1982/83: WI win series 2-0
Team India under Kapil Dev's captaincy lost this five-match series 2-0 but Indian batsmen did well on this tour. WI defeated India in the first and fourth Test match on this tour.
Experts and even players credited this particular challenging tour of West Indies behind India's 1983 World Cup victory in England, later that year.
India's tour of West Indies in 1988/89: Complete humiliation of Indian Team
India were once again humiliated by the West Indies on this tour as they failed to win even a single Test match. West Indies won this series 3-0 after rain-curtailed opening Test resulted in a draw.
Richie Richardson slammed 194 against an experienced Indian bowling attack in the first Test.
In the second Test at Barbados, the hosts registered an eight-wicket win. While in the 3rd Test match India were thrashed by 217 runs. Malcolm Marshall picked 11 wickets.
The fourth and final Test West Indies beat India by 7 wickets. Richardson signed off the series with a brilliant 156.
India's tour of West Indies in 1996/97: WI won 1-0
India once again returned win-less from West Indies on this tour. Sachin Tendulkar, who by this time had emerged as the backbone of Indian batting, was the performer for India.
After first two matches ended in a draw India sniffed a victory in the 3rd match but a disastrous batting performance in the fourth innings resulted visitors end up on the losing side.
India needed mere 120 runs to win the match but were bundled out on 81 and lost the match by 38 runs.
India's tour of West Indies in 2002:
India lost this series 2-1 under Sourav Ganguly's captaincy.
Carl Hooper slammed 233 in the 1st Test.
India defeated West Indies by 37 runs in 2nd Test. Sachin Tendulkar slammed 117 in this match.
West Indies beat India by 10 wickets in the third Test.
In the fifth Test West Indies registered a convincing 155-run win and clinched the series 2-1.
India's tour of West Indies in 2006: First series win after 35 years
India under Rahul Dravid's captaincy ended 35 years' drought by winning the series 1-0.
Brian Lara slammed an unbeaten 120 in first Test at St Johns.
India won 4th Test by 49 runs thanks to Rahul Dravid's captian's knock of 81 and 68.
Anil Kumble grabbed 6 wickets in the fourth innings.
India's tour of West Indies in 2011: Another Test series win in WI
Under MS Dhoni's captaincy, India again returned with a Test series win.
India won the first Test by 63 runs. Dravid made 112 in the second innings.
Ishant Sharma grabbed 11 wickets in the second Test.
Dhoni received massive criticism in the 3rd Test after he decided to abandon chase in the fourth innings.
India needed 86 runs of 15 overs with Dravid and Laxman at the crease with Dhoni and Kohli still to bat.