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Local cricket fans will get the opportunity to see a West Indies versus India Test match for the first time in 14 years when the fourth and final match in the current series gets underway Thursday at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.

The T&T Cricket Board yesterday extended a warm “Trini” welcome to the India party inclusive of players, management officials, journalists and fans.

The last time the teams played a Test match in T&T was in 2002, when India won in a low-scoring affair at which legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar got the only century of the match, a fine 117 runs in the first innings. The present playing squads however show no survivors of that encounter 14 years ago.

India first toured the West Indies in 1953 where the opening match was played at Skinner Park, San Fernando. Test cricket between the old rivals dates back to 1948 when West Indies travelled to India and won a five-Test series 1-0. Sir Everton Weekes, who had a spectacularly successful tour is a survivor of that inaugural series.

The first match of that tour started on October 19, 1948 and closed on March 2, 1949. India visited the Caribbean for the first time in 1953 and West Indies won the series 1-0 in another five-Test Series. The home team won the Second Test in Barbados with the other four matches, two in T&T and one in Jamaica and Barbados each, were all drawn.

T&T spinner Sonny Ramdhin featured in the series as well as Subash Gupte of India, who later married a local girl and settled in San Fernando.

Interestingly in the Fifth Test match of that series in Jamaica, the famous “three Ws” of West Indies cricket (Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Everton Weekes and Clyde Walcott) all got centuries with Worrell compiling a monumental 237 runs.

Another local player who participated in early West Indies/India encounters was T&T all-rounder Willie Rodriguez who played in the 1961/62 series.

It will not be surprising to some that the highest run scorer in WI/India encounters is Indian legend, opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar who tops the list with 2,749 runs in 27 Tests.

He is followed by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, a legend in his own right, hard-hitting scorer of 2,344 runs in 28 Tests. Another notable name to make his mark in battles between the two teams was Sir Everton Weekes with 1,495 stroke-filled runs in 10 Tests at an astounding average of 106.78.

The bowling records show pacer Indian Kapil Dev as the highest wicket-taker with 89 wickets in 23 matches, and for West Indies the late speedster Malcolm Marshall who grabbed 76 wickets in 17 Tests. Present Indian coach and outstanding spinner Anil Kumble secured 74 wickets in 17 matches as well.

Having already surrendered the series to their guests, local cricket fans can nevertheless look forward to a competitive encounter of historic importance, weather permitting.

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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

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2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.

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