Tour of West
Indies 1961-62Captain: Nari
India’s ninth Test tour
official Test-playing tour of West Indies by India
(January - April 1962)
The Indian Board was unfortunate
or unwise to have arranged this tour after such a strenuous season that began
in August and included a draining Test series in which England (including Barrington, M J K Smith, Lock and Dexter)
were beaten by two matches to nil.
Kripal Singh and Subhash Gupte
were dropped during the series against England "for disciplinary
reasons".Kripal Singh had merely
called the receptionist at his hotel and asked her out for a drink but she
complained and he was banned. Gupte was accused of failing to control his
room mate's behaviour! Standing by these
flimsy charges, the Indian Board would not consider either man for the West
Indies tour, depriving India
of its best bowler in Gupte.
The tour was overshadowed by
the dreadful accident in Barbados
when Contractor ducked into a short ball from Charlie Griffith and fractured
Mansur Ali Khan, the Nawab of
Pataudi (jr.), had been appointed vice-captain in a bid to groom him to take
over eventually from Contractor. Less than a year earlier, the 21-year-old’s
career was jeopardised by losing an eye in a car accident. Now responsibility
for the national team fell upon him, and he became the youngest captain in
the history of Test cricket. Having been unfit to play in the first two
Tests, Pataudi now had to take charge in the third Test at Bridgetown. Still reeling from the loss of
their regular captain at the same venue just days before, the Indians were
understandably far from their best: they were beaten again by an innings in
this match and then lost the next two Tests by wide margins.
Thus the series was lost 5-0,
the second consecutive tour on which this had happened. Borde, Umrigar,
Nadkarni, Surti and Durani all performed creditably but otherwise the batting
was never comfortable against either pace or spin, while the bowling and
fielding were ordinary.
In the middle of the second
Test the West Indies Board of Control took the decision to cancel the British
Guiana section of the tour where
security experts advised that riots were possible, giving Kingston, Jamaica,
a further Test match.
Thirty players were invited to state
whether they were available.
The captain's name was announced on 11
the 1961-62 series against England Gupte's team-mate Kripal Singh invited the
receptionist at Delhi's
Imperial Hotel for a drink but she took exception and lodged a complaint to
the Indian team manager against the occupants in room seven. The Indian Board
secretary, A N Ghosh, banned Gupte for the West Indies
tour for "failing to prevent his colleague from making the call".
Unavailable:Abbas Ali Baig, H T ‘Bal’ Dani, R Surrendranath,N Viswanath.
considered :Subhash Gupte and A G Kripal Singh
Tour Party Announced : 16 January 1962.
Time between selection and departure from India
(16 January - 31
BombayQLondonQPort of Spain
The team flew from Santa Cruz Airport,
Bombay, to Heathrow
on 31 January 1962, and then, via a stopover in New York,
to Piarco Airport,
Port of Spain,
arriving on 5 February.
Time spent in West Indies84
(5 February - 30 April)
Ghulam Ahmed (manager - chair), Nari Contractor
(captain), Polly Umrigar.
None, although Contractor had
to stay in hospital after his injury and could not resume playing for the
tour party. Pataudi became captain.No
vice-captain was named; if the need had arisen, Umrigar would have led the
side.Contractor arrived back in Bombay on 27 April.
•The Nawab of Pataudi
became the youngest Test captain (21 years 77 days).
promoted to bat at number 3, hit 104and Umrigar scored 172* in the fourth Test to build India's highest
total of the series (422).
Other first-class matches
Contractor was flown from Port of Spain
on 9 April to consult a brain specialist in New York.He arrived back in Bombay
on 27 April.
Borde arrived back in England on 23 April. It was expected
that, as a professional with Rawtenstall club, he would be obliged to miss
the final Test match, as would six members of the West Indian side, but the
Lancashire League relented. Manjrekar,
another professional, ……..
The planned itinerary had the team flying back to Port of Spain or San Juan
en route to New York
on 24 April
However, the team played a final match on St Kitts and flew, via
Bermuda, to London (1 May) and arrived back at
airport on 4 May 1962.