India has won just 2 of the 28 Tests played in the Caribbean
India, on their seventh tour of the Caribbean, begin their campaign
on Thursday, when they play the West Indies
in the first of five Test matches, at the Sabina Park in Jamaica.
At the outset, I must mention that it will be an uphill task for India to win
a Test, leave alone the series. A glance at past Indian
campaigns in the West Indies reveals that the visitors have won only two
out of the 28 Tests played in the picturesque Caribbean.
The inaugural victory was achieved under the leadership
of Ajit Wadekar in 1970-71. This also marks India's only
series win against the Windies abroad. India's second and last
Test triumph was registered almost eleven years back when Bishan
Singh Bedi headed the squad, during a most controversial series
Against this disappointing historical backdrop, the poor performance
in South Africa and Javagal Srinath's exit from the side, India faces a daunting battle.
The last series between the two sides, which was played
in India in 1994-95, ended in a draw with the Windies winning
the last Test at Mohali.