d Kanhai played in that series ? He had retired from test cricket
by that time. He did play in the 1975 world cup in England, though.
BTW, you forgot Alvin Kallicharan and... Jesus-I-forgot-his-name,
the first 300 wkt spinner.. Another big name was Lawrence Rowe, the
opener who had showed so much promise earler on, but faded away later.
Wasn't Keith Boyce also in that team ?
Lance Gibbs. He retired with a haul of 309 wickets. No, Kanhai didn't
play in the series. If I'am not mistaken, he was dropped. He, however,
played in the '75 world cup and scored a half centaury in the final.
Yes, Boyce was in the team, but the big name definitely was Andy Roberts.
He was very quick in that series. Before the series began, Rowe was the
most dreaded of the WI batting line up. But he had problems with his
sight. He played against the West Zone before the first test and was
quickly dismissed by Salgaonkar. He didn't play in any of the test matches
in that series. He later played against India when India toured WI in '76.
He'd some useful knocks, but that's about it.
That was a memorable series. India tied the series after losing the first
2 tests thanks to the spinners and Vishy. Then before the final test at
Bombay ( first at the ***hede stadium ), the whole city Bombay was talking
about just cricket. Then there was a rumor that WI were going to fly Sobers
just for the last test. The actual test turned out to be one sided though.
Even though everyone talks about Lloyd's 242, my personal favorite was
Gavaskar's 86 in the first innings. He had missed the previous three tests
and there were doubts about his form. I won't forget his footwork against
Gibbs and the leg spinner Barrett.