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Indian cricket team in the West Indies in 1952–53

Indian cricket team in West Indies in 1952–53
Date10 January – 4 April 1953
LocationCricket West Indies West Indies
ResultWest Indies won 5-Test series 1–0
 West Indies  India
Jeffrey Stollmeyer Vijay Hazare
Most runs
Everton Weekes (716)
Clyde Walcott (457)
Frank Worrell (398)
Polly Umrigar (560)
Madhav Apte (460)
Pankaj Roy (383)
Most wickets
Alf Valentine (28)
Frank King (17)
Sonny Ramadhin (13)
Subhash Gupte (27)
Vinoo Mankad (15)
Dattu Phadkar (9)

The India national cricket team toured the West Indies during the 1952–53 cricket season. They played five Test matches against the West Indian cricket team, with the West Indies winning the series 1–0. India also played five other first-class matches, one of which resulted in India's victory.[1] The tour was the first of the Caribbean by a national team other than England.[2]

Touring party

Vijay Hazare was named India's captain for the tour on 24 November 1952 and was included in the selection panel. The touring party was announced on 6 December. Five of the selected players withdrew before the tour began. Probir Sen was replaced by Ebrahim Maka and C. D. Gopinath, who broke his collar bone, by Mysore cricketer L. Adiseth, who also withdrew later. Gopalaswamy Kasturirangan, who had a groin injury, was replaced by N. Kannayiram. Ghulam Ahmed turned down the tour in order to get married on 26 December, three days after the team flew from India.[2] He was initially not replaced as the Board of Control for Cricket in India believed he could be convinced to fly to the Caribbean after his wedding. However, he declined to do so as his wedding had already been postponed once because of a relative's illness. Subsequently, leg-spinner Jayasinghrao Ghorpade was called in.[3]

The final touring party was:[2]

Test matches

1st Test

21–28 January 1953 (6-day match)
417 (192.1 overs)
Polly Umrigar 130
Gerry Gomez 3/84 (42 overs)
438 (182 overs)
Everton Weekes 207
Subhash Gupte 7/162 (66 overs)
294 (143.5 overs)
Polly Umrigar 69
Sonny Ramadhin 3/58 (24.5 overs)
142/0 (55 overs)
Jeffrey Stollmeyer 76
Subhash Gupte 0/2 (2 overs)

2nd Test

7–12 February 1953 (6-day match)
296 (116.4 overs)
Clyde Walcott 98
Subhash Gupte 3/99 (41 overs)
253 (134 overs)
Madhav Apte 64
Alfred Valentine 4/58 (41 overs)
228 (90.3 overs)
Jeffrey Stollmeyer 54
Dattu Phadkar 5/64 (29.3 overs)
129 (79.5 overs)
Gulabrai Ramchand 34
Sonny Ramadhin 5/26 (24.5 overs)
West Indies won by 142 runs
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
Umpires: Cortez Jordan and Harold Walcott
  • West Indies won the toss and decided to bat

3rd Test

19–25 February 1953 (6-day match)
279 (131.2 overs)
Gulabrai Ramchand 62
Frank King 5/74 (31 overs)
315 (146 overs)
Everton Weekes 161
Subhash Gupte 5/107 (48 overs)
362/7d (200.1 overs)
Madhav Apte 163
Frank Worrell 2/62 (31 overs)
192/2 (54 overs)
Jeffrey Stollmeyer 104
Subhash Gupte 1/19 (7 overs)
  • India won the toss and decided to bat

4th Test

11–17 March 1953 (6-day match)
262 (124.5 overs)
Vinoo Mankad 66
Alfred Valentine 5/127 (53.5 overs)
364 (156.2 overs)
Clyde Walcott 125
Subhash Gupte 4/122 (56.2 overs)
190/5 (98 overs)
Pankaj Roy 48
Alfred Valentine 3/71 (34 overs)
Match drawn
Bourda, Georgetown
Umpires: Wing Gillette and Toby Rollox
  • India won the toss and decided to bat

5th Test

28 Mar − 4 Apr 1953 (6-day match)
312 (141.5 overs)
Polly Umrigar 117
Alfred Valentine 5/64 (27.5 overs)
576 (206.1 overs)
Frank Worrell 237
Subhash Gupte 5/180 (65.1 overs)
444 (178 overs)
Pankaj Roy 150
Gerry Gomez 4/72 (47 overs)
92/4 (47 overs)
Everton Weekes 36
Gulabrai Ramchand 2/33 (15 overs)
Match drawn
Sabina Park, Kingston
Umpires: Sam Burke and Tom Ewart
  • India won the toss and decided to bat


  1. ^ "India in West Indies Jan/Apr 1953 - Results Summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Gupta, Rajneesh. "India in the West Indies: How it all began". Rediff. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  3. ^ "Test Cricket Tours - India to West Indies 1952-53". Archived from the original on 3 March 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2023.

Further reading

  • "India in West Indies, 1953", Wisden 1954, pp. 820–34
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