Indian cricket team in the West Indies in 2006

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India in West Indies in 2006
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West Indies
Dates 16 May – 4 July 2006
Captains Rahul Dravid Brian Lara
Test series
Result India won the 4-match series 1–0
Most runs Rahul Dravid (497) Daren Ganga (344)
Most wickets Anil Kumble (23) Corey Collymore (15)
Player of the series Rahul Dravid
One Day International series
Result West Indies won the 5-match series 4–1
Most runs Virender Sehwag (237) Ramnaresh Sarwan (273)
Most wickets Ajit Agarkar (9) Dwayne Bravo (8)
Player of the series Ramnaresh Sarwan

India toured the West Indies during the 2006 international cricket season. India were ranked highly above the West Indies in both the ICC Test Championship as well as the ICC ODI Championship but the latter team had the favour of beating Zimbabwe 5–0 in a series of One Day International matches earlier in the month. West Indies eventually emerged as winners of this ODI series, taking it 4–1 after losing the first match in the final over.

India had not won a Test series in the West Indies for 35 years, but India defeated the West Indies 1–0 in the Test series. Rahul Dravid, the Indian squad captain, was awarded the Man of the Series award for his performance.

Former West Indian fast bowler and commentator, Michael Holding, said between the ODIs and Tests that the West Indies ODI series win was an event that "nobody had foreseen".[1]


Date Match Venue
16 Tour Match Jamaica
18 1st ODI Jamaica
20 2nd ODI Jamaica
23 3rd ODI St Kitts
26 4th ODI Trinidad
28 5th ODI Trinidad
30–31 Tour Match Antigua
2–6 1st Test Antigua
10–14 2nd Test St Lucia
22–26 3rd Test St Kitts
30–4 Jul 4th Test Jamaica


Players were selected for both ODIs and Tests unless otherwise specified.

India[2][3] West Indies[4][5][6]

One-Day Matches[edit]

Tour Match (16 May)[edit]

Indians 7/289 (50) def Jamaica 173 (45) by 116 runs. [7]

1st ODI[edit]

18 May
West Indies 
251/6 (45 Overs)
254/5 (44.5 Overs)
Chris Gayle 123 (130)
Ajit Agarkar 2/38 (9 overs)
Rahul Dravid 105 (102)
Ian Bradshaw 2/40 (9 overs)
India won by 5 wickets
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan
Player of the match: Rahul Dravid (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.

India won the toss and captain Rahul Dravid elected to field first, after five overs were cut off each side's innings due to heavy overnight rain. West Indies hit 251 runs for 6 wickets, with Chris Gayle contributing nearly half the total, 123, before he was out with five overs remaining to Ajit Agarkar, who got the most wickets for India, claiming two for 38. However, India also had an opener contributing a century, with Rahul Dravid bringing up his hundred in 99 balls, eventually ending with 105 off 102. Dravid paired up with Mohammad Kaif to add 123 for the fourth wicket, before Dwayne Bravo had Dravid caught, leaving India with 43 to get from the last 37 balls; with two fours and a six from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Kaif hitting 16 off his last 16 deliveries, India made it to the target with a ball to spare.

Second ODI (20 May)[edit]

West Indies 9/198 (50 overs) West Indies won by one run [8]

RR Sarwan 98* (138)
IK Pathan 3/45

Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pak) and BR Doctrove (WI)
Man of the Match: RR Sarwan (WI)

Flag of India.svg India 197 (49.4 overs)

Yuvraj Singh 93 (121)
IDR Bradshaw 3/33

India won the toss and captain Rahul Dravid elected to field first, looking for his 18th continuous win batting second,[9] but it was not to be his day as Dwayne Bravo delivered a "clever slower ball"[10] which went through Yuvraj Singh's wicket, leaving him bowled and India all out for 197 needing 199 to win.

West Indies lost both openers with one run, sending Brian Lara in to bat with Ramnaresh Sarwan. Captain Lara was caught off Pathan for 14, however, which was to be the fourth-highest total of West Indies' innings. The second-highest was 21, from Carlton Baugh, but due to an unbeaten 98 from Ramnaresh Sarwan, which later resulted in Man of the Match honours, the West Indies' total read 198 for nine, with Sarwan and Jerome Taylor adding 34 off 20 balls for the ninth wicket before Fidel Edwards scored the final run of the innings.

In reply, India started better than West Indies, making 37 for the first two wickets, which were catches off Ian Bradshaw's bowling. Two more wickets followed, with Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor picking up one each, but at 60 for four in the 17th over, India were still 17 ahead of West Indies' score for the same amount of wickets. Then, like in the West Indian innings, the fifth-wicket stand was the highest of the game. However, the 64 runs came at a rate of 3.49 an over, somewhat short of the required four to win, and after Suresh Raina's dismissal Dhoni and Agarkar followed within the next three overs.

India now had three wickets in hand and 64 to get, but Ramesh Powar batted for eight overs together with Yuvraj Singh, as the pair cut 43 off the total, Powar contributing 12. Powar was caught off Marlon Samuels' bowling, however, as the spinner picked up his second wicket, and Chris Gayle then held a return catch off Harbhajan Singh two overs later. That left India with 12 runs to get off 10 balls; the remainder of Gayle's over went for one run, and India needed eleven off the last over, which was to bw bowled by Dwayne Bravo (who had only bowled three of the 49 previous overs). Munaf Patel faced the first ball, got it away for a single, before Yuvraj Singh hit two fours to leave himself with two runs to get off three balls, only to be cleanly bowled off the last delivery.

Third ODI (23 May)[edit]


Fourth ODI (26 May)[edit]


Fifth ODI (28 May)[edit]


First-class matches[edit]

Tour match (30–31 May)[edit]

Antigua and Barbuda 300 (72.2 overs) drew with Indians 9/311 (96 overs). [11]

First Test (2–6 June)[edit]

2–6 June
West Indies
241 (92.5 overs)
R Dravid 49 (173)
DJ Bravo 4–40
371 (98.3 overs)
CH Gayle 72 (91)
MM Patel 3–80
6/521 (dec) (150.5 overs)
W Jaffer 212 (399)
D Mohammed 3/162
9/298 (95 overs)
CH Gayle 69 (188)
A Kumble 4/107

Second Test (10 June to 14 June)[edit]

10 June to 14 June
588/8 (148.2 Overs)
Virender Sehwag 180 (190)
Pedro Collins 4/116 (28 Overs)
215 (85.1 Overs)
Chris Gayle 46 (106)
Virender Sehwag 3/33 (16.1 Overs)
294/7 (119 Overs) (f/o)
Brian Lara 120 (307)
Anil Kumble 3/98 (42 Overs)
Match drawn
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pak) and Simon Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: Virender Sehwag (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.

Third Test (22–26 June)[edit]

22–26 June
West Indies
581 (170 overs)
D Ganga 135 (294)
Harbhajan Singh 5/147
362 (107 overs)
VVS Laxman 100 (231)
CD Collymore 3/63
6/172 (dec) (32 overs)
D Ganga 66* (75)
A Kumble 3/60
4/298 (85 overs)
R Dravid 68* (131)
PT Collins 2/66
Match Drawn [13]
Warner Park Sporting Complex, Basseterre, St Kitts
Umpires: BG Jerling (SAf) and RE Koertzen (SAf)
Player of the match: D Ganga (WI)

Fourth Test (30 June to 4 July)[edit]

30 June – 4 July
200 (87.4 Overs)
Rahul Dravid 81 (215)
Jerome Taylor 5/50 (18.4 Overs)
103 (33.3 Overs)
Daren Ganga 40 (63)
Harbhajan Singh 5/13 (4.3 Overs)
171 (65.1 Overs)
Rahul Dravid 68 (166)
Corey Collymore 5/48 (24.1 Overs)
219 (69.4 Overs)
Denesh Ramdin 62 (85)
S Sreesanth 3/38 (15 Overs)
India won by 49 runs
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Umpires: Brian Jerling (South Africa) and Rudi Koertzen (South Africa)
Player of the match: Rahul Dravid (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.


  1. ^ Defeat is part of the learning curve – Holding, by Michael Holding, published by Cricinfo on 30 May 2006
  2. ^ India Squad, from Cricinfo, retrieved 16 May 2006
  3. ^ Powar and Rania included in Test team, from Cricinfo, retrieved 24 May 2006
  4. ^ West Indies Squad, from Cricinfo, retrieved 16 May 2006
  5. ^ West Indies make two changes, from Cricinfo, retrieved 24 May 2006
  6. ^ Mohammed included in Test squad, from Cricinfo, retrieved 28 May 2006
  7. ^ Jamaica v Indians Scorecard, retrieved from Cricinfo, 19 May 2006
  8. ^ Second ODI Scorecard, from Cricinfo, retrieved 23 May 2006
  9. ^ India's amazing middle order, by S Rajesh, published by Cricinfo on 19 March 2006
  10. ^ Windies clinch a low-scoring thriller, by Anand Vasu, published by Cricinfo on 20 March 2006
  11. ^ Tour Match Scorecard: Antigua and Barbuda vs Indians, retrieved from CricInfo, 2 June 2006
  12. ^ First Test Scorecard, from Cricinfo, retrieved 6 May 2006
  13. ^ Third Test Scorecard, retrieved from CricInfo, 27 June 2006

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