India's 2011 World Cup triumph cannot claim to be the only major cricketing achievement in the month of April.
Forty years ago to the day, Ajit Wadekar's men conquered the West Indies in a series for the first time in the fifth and final Test at Port of Spain, Trinidad .
After an impressive showing in the first Test at Jamaica which was drawn, India won the second Test at Trinidad. The third Test in Guyana was a drawn affair and so was the fourth in Barbados.
According to Wadekar, the West Indies board announced that the final Test would be a six-day affair in a quest to ensure a result, but it ended in a draw. "We wrote to the BCCI about the extra day, but they kept quiet. We played under protest," Wadekar told MiD DAY on Monday.
Sunil Gavaskar scored a record 774 runs in his debut Test series, 344 of them came in the fifth Test with efforts of 124 and 220. "West Indies captain Garry Sobers came into our dressing room one evening, wanting to touch Sunil because he wanted to get some of his luck. He couldn't because Sunil had asked me to lock him up in the bathroom," said Wadekar.
It was a painful time for Gavaskar. He spent a sleepless night before the Test due to a toothache. Team manager Keki Tarapore refused to let him have the tooth extracted in the fear of that making his young batting star drowsy. When MiD DAY spoke to Gavaskar's Mumbai-based dentist Dr Pratap Raut on Monday, he said that the manager was right in a way because there may have been post extraction complications like bleeding.
Gavaskar's two hundreds in the Test must rank as one of the most commendable efforts in pain and discomfort. "I was feeling pretty weak because I had not eaten well for several days and had spent many sleepless nights," he wrote in his autobiography, Sunny Days.