India created history in 1976 by successfully chasing down a mammoth fourth-innings target of 403 against the formidable West Indies. The West Indians opted for a horses for courses policy by fielding three spinners but the Indians cruised home to victory with centuries from Sunil Gavaskar and G. R. Vishwanath.
India came to this fateful third Test at Port-of-Spain after being
outplayed in the first match of the four-Test series at Barbados. They
had come close to winning the second Test at the Queen's Park Oval, but
West Indies salvaged a draw thanks to some dubious umpiring decisions.
Batting first, West Indies managed 359 with Bhagwat Chandrasekhar
claiming six victims. In reply, India could manage only 228 in the face
of a hostile spell of fast bowling by Michael Holding. With a lead of
131, West Indies went on to set up a target of 403 thanks to Alvin
Kalicharan's eight Test hundred.
Right from the beginning India looked on track as openers Gavaskar and
Gaekwad batted sensibly and saw off the new ball attack. As the final
day wore on, India inched close to victory with Gundappa Vishwanath
hitting a fighting century in the company of Mahinder Amarnath.
The winning hit came in the 11th mandatory over of the day courtesy the
blade of Brijesh Patel who remained unbeaten on forty nine. The win
remains one of the greatest come-from-behind victories in the history of