Stats Highlights, Ind v WI, 2nd Test - Day 4
Kolkata, Nov 17: India stamped their dominance on the game and series by scuttling the West Indies side in the second session of the day after enforcing the follow on. The victory – by an innings and 15 runs – gives captain MS Dhoni the distinction of having led India to victory both home and away against the West Indies. Darren Bravo’s superb knock of 136 characterised a much improved second innings effort from the visitors. But in the end, the hosts took full control over a game that saw some masterful displays of batting and bowling. Take a look at the numbers that matter from the game that won India the three-Test series.
Darren Bravo (136) became the 10th West Indies batsman to score a hundred after his side was forced to follow on. Two batsmen – OG Smith and Chris Gayle – have done this on two occasions for West Indies. Bravo is the third West Indies batsman to do so against India after Rohan Kanhai and Brian Lara. Incidentally, both Kanhai and Lara helped West Indies escape with a draw.
- Bravo’s innings is the third highest for West Indies after being forced to follow on after OG Smith’s 168 (v England at Nottingham in 1957) and 158* by Rohan Kanhai (v India at Kingston in 1970-71).
- West Indies’ total of 463 is their highest ever after being forced to follow on. They had made 391 for nine dec. against England at Kingston in 1967-68.
- Incidentally, Bravo’s hundred is the hundredth hundred for West Indies against India. England have also scored hundred hundreds against India.
- The win is India’s 17th under MS Dhoni (in 33 Tests). Only Sourav Ganguly (21 in 49 Tests) has won more Tests for India than Dhoni.
- The win is India’s 12th under MS Dhoni (in 17 Tests) on Indian soil. Now only Mohammad Azharuddin – with 13 wins – is ahead of Dhoni on this count.
- Incidentally, five of Dhoni’s wins have been by an innings margin (all at home). Among Indian captains, Mohammad Azharuddin (8) and Sourav Ganguly (7) are ahead of him in winning more Tests by an innings margin.
- This was India’s 30th win by an innings margin – only their second such win over West Indies. They had beaten West Indies by an innings and 112 runs at Mumbai Wankhede in 2002-03.
- This was India’s 10th win at Eden Gardens in 37 Tests. MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai (12 wins in 30 Tests) and Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi (11 wins in 31 Tests) are the only other grounds where India have won 10 Tests.
- India have now won five of the last seven Tests played at Eden Gardens, with the remaining two ending in draw. The last time India lost a Test here was in February 1999 (beaten by Pakistan by 46 runs).
- The was India’s 75th win at home.
- By winning this Test, India also won the series. This is their sixth series win against West Indies.
- India have beaten West Indies twice in a series to clinch it only once before. That was in 2002-03 when India beat West Indies 2-0 in India. All India’s remaining series wins over West Indies have been by a 1-0 margin. It may be noted that in the 1974-75 series at home India won two Tests, but West Indies eventually won the series 3-2.
- MS Dhoni became the first Indian captain to win a Test series against West Indies both in India and West Indies. Earlier this year he had led India to a 1-0 win in a three-match Test series in the Caribbean.