A valuable 120 Championship points are on offer for the two sides who will both be itching to make a winning start on their return to the Test format after an extended period of limited-overs cricket.
The first Test will be the 97th such meeting between the two countries, who first met in the format all the way back in 1948. As the West Indies and India prepare to do battle, we take a look at some of the remarkable numbers and statistics behind their past Test meetings.
1971 – The year India managed to record its maiden Test series win on Caribbean soil. Led by Ajit Wadekar, the visitors managed to win the five-match series 1-0 after registering a seven-wicket win in the second Test in the Port of Spain.
200 – The runs scored by India skipper Virat Kohli in his only previous appearance in Antigua (2016). It was the first time that an Indian captain had registered an overseas double ton in Test cricket.
17 – The number of years which have elapsed since the West Indies last beat India in a Test series. The hosts beat India 2-1 in 2002 and have since gone on to taste seven series losses in a row against the opposition.
2016 – The year the West Indies recorded its biggest Test loss on home soil. It came against India in Antigua with the hosts capitulating by an innings and 92 runs.
1 – Number of dismissals required by Jasprit Bumrah to breach the 50-wicket barrier in Test cricket. The pacer has played 10 Tests so far and will become the third quickest Indian bowler in history to bring up a half-century of wickets if he attains the feat in Antigua. Ravichandran Ashwin (nine) and Anil Kumble (10) are the Indian bowlers to have done it in fewer matches.
6 – The number of wickets required by India pacer Mohammed Shami to complete 150 Test dismissals. He has so far picked up 144 wickets in 40 appearances at an average of 29.54.
774 – The number of runs scored by Sunil Gavaskar in his debut Test series against the West Indies in 1970-71. The opener registered four tons in the five-match series and his tally is the highest recorded by any Indian batsman in a Test series against the Windies. Only Sir Everton Meekes of the West Indies has scored more runs (779) in a Test series between the two sides.
7 – The number of wickets required by West Indies skipper Jason Holder to make it a century of Test dismissals. Holder has so far picked up 93 wickets in 37 Tests while also chipping in with 1,783 runs with the bat.
Should he pick up seven wickets in the upcoming Test series, Holder will become the fourth fastest all-rounder in Test history to claim 100 wickets while also scoring at least 1,000 runs. Irfan Pathan of India remains the fastest to attain the feat and got to the mark in just 29 Tests.
7-83 – Ravichandran Ashwin’s figures with the ball in the second innings of the 2016 Antigua Test against the Windies. Those are the third-best figures recorded by any Indian spinner in Tests outside Asia.
It came in a match where Ashwin slammed a ton with the bat as well, making him only the third all-rounder in Test history to register a ton and pick up a seven-wicket haul in the same match.
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