Those four days at Port of Spain in March 1971 gave Indian cricket moments to celebrate for all times, as we do today to mark the 50th anniversary of that incredible performance. It was the first victory on West Indian soil by a team which had Dilip Sardesai, EAS Prasanna, Bishan Singh Bedi, Salim Durani and Ajit Wadekar as the senior members – all having played more than 20 Tests – and the rest looking to build their careers.

India’s seven-wicket victory was epic in many ways. It set up its first-ever series win against the West Indies and gave the cricket world a batting colossus called Sunil Manohar Gavaskar. Among those who watched that Test from the dressing room were GR Viswanath, ML Jaisimha, K Jayantilal, Rusi Jeejeebhoy and D Govindraj.

For Durani, Sardesai, Jaisimha, Prasanna, it was the second tour to the West Indies since the ill-fated series in 1961-62 when skipper…

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