Flashback to the 2009 ODI series in West Indies. The four-match tournament had MS Dhoni captain the Indians to a 2-1 victory with the final match at Gros Islet being washed out.
That the series was much closer than what the record sheets would now indicate is not so much to do with the Indian side lacking teeth as a spirited West Indies team at home. In fact with the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh, the visitors were no World Cup winners but a potent force nonetheless. Yet in every match, the team was put to the test by a side that looked hell-bent on keeping the trophy at home.
First match and the intent was clear. Though Indian batsmen bludgeoned their way after winning the toss and posted 339 on the board, the Chris Gayle led side made a match of the target. Yuvraj's single-man knock of 131 was opposed by a combined effort from Runako Morton (42), Ramnaresh Sarwan (45)and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (63). While the final score in the chase folded on 319 at the Sabina Park and had some question the famous pace and bounce here, most chose to appreciate a strong-willed performance.