In the upcoming ODI series, three matches will be played between India and the West Indies. Virat-led team India will look to continue their dominance over the West Indies as Team India defeated Caribbeans in all matches of the previous series, except one match which was abandoned due to rain. Here we are looking at top five run-getters in head to head matches between team India and West Indies.
1)Virat Kohli- 2146 runs from 36 matches
It is no surprise that Virat Kohli who is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time is top scorer against the Men in Maroon. He has highly dominated against Windies in his career. He has amassed 2146 runs from 36 matches with a splendid average of 76.64 and an excellent strike rate of 97.10. He plundered nine centuries and ten half-centuries against them. He has scored a ton in every fourth match against the West Indies.
He hammered the Caribbean team in their previous encounter with back to back centuries. He will be a major obstacle for the West Indian team if they want to win any ODI in India. The Indian captain would love to increase his run tally close to 3000 in the upcoming ODI series.
2) Sachin Tendulkar- 1573 runs from 39 matches
The Master blaster had a magnificent record against the West Indies in ODIs. Before Virat, Sachin had held a record of a top run-scorer in ODI cricket against Caribbeans in head to head encounters. He scored 1573 runs from 39 matches with a remarkable average of 52.43 and strike rate of 78.02. He had compiled four hundred and 11 half-centuries against them.
Fans and cricket pundits had seen a fascinating battle in the decade of 90s between two greats of the game, Sachin and Brain Lara in head to head matches between these two nations. As the master is retired now, West Indies bowlers would be relieved.
3) Desmond Haynes- 1357 runs from 36 matches
The former West Indian opener Desmond Haynes had an imposing record against India. He is currently leading the chart of runs from West Indies team against team India. He piled up 1357 runs from 36 matches with an average of 42.40 and strike rate of 64.28 in the 80s. His highest score of 152 not out is also against the Men in Blue. He smashed two centuries and nine fifties in his career against India.
He had formed a formidable partnership with Gordon Greenidge for Caribbean team. He along with foremost players of that time, likes of Sir Viv Richards, Joel Garner, Sir Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh had built one of the greatest team of all time.
4) Rahul Dravid- 1348 runs from 36 matches
One of the pillars of team India in the decade of 2000s, Rahul Dravid is the fourth-highest scorer in head to head encounters between these two nations. He scored 1348 runs with an average of 42.12 and strike rate of 74.39. He had smashed three hundred and eight half-centuries against Caribbeans. The highest score of Dravid against the Caribbean team is unbeaten 109.
Dravid was a solid player at one down position for India in the major period. He had played main the role of an anchor in his ODI career for team India. He along with Sachin, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag had made team India a superior unit that time.
5) Chris Gayle – 1334 runs from 41 matches
One of the dashing openers in ODI cricket Chris Gayle has a fantastic record against India team. He is fifth-highest run-scorer in head to head matches between these two nations. Even if the West Indies team had gone downhill in the last 20 years, Gayle has been a standout performer for the Caribbean team.
He scored 1334 runs from 41 matches with an average of 32.53 and a fabulous strike rate of 88.99. He smacked four centuries and six fifties against the Asian giant. He scored his highest score of 140 against India at Ahmedabad. The Universe Boss is major force nowadays in franchise-based T20 cricket. He is leading scorer in T20 matches across the globe with 13,000 runs.