India lost 1-4 in the one-dayers but came back strongly, almost winning the first two Test matches.
A seven-day break between the second and third Tests helped the bowlers in particular to recuperate. However, Sreesanth and Munaf Patel were unable in future years to sustain the performances they achieved in this series.
The Indians became only the second team, after Ajit Wadekar’s side in 1971, to win a series in the Caribbean by winning the fourth and final Test match at Kingston by 49 runs.
They were also the first Indian touring side to win a major Test series outside the sub-continent since 1986 when England were beaten 2-0.
Ranjib Biswal from Orissa, the national selector from East Zone, was in charge for the one-day series after which Dayanand Dongaonkar was appointed to take charge during the Test series.
However, on 23 May it was announced that Professor Dongaonkar, Secretary-general of the Association of Indian Universities, had expressed his inability to go, so assistant manager Ravi Sawant replaced him.Sawant was a vice-president of the Mumbai Cricket Association.
India also engaged the services of sports psychologist Dr. Rudi Webster for a week while in the region.
Kiran More (chairman), Sanjay Jagdale, V. B. Chandrasekhar, Bhupinder Singh and Ranjib Biswal, with skipper Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell.
Unavailable: S R Tendulkar (shoulder).He had a ftness test for the Test series on 10 May but was not fit.
One-day squad announced:20 April 2006. Test squad announced:24 May after the 3rd one-dayer.
Not selected:Sourav Ganguly (whom Greg Chappell described as a “disruptive influence” in an e-mail to the Indian cricket board);Ajit Agarkar, Rudra Pradeep Singh, Robin Uthappa and Venugopal Rao.
Time between selection and team departure from India22 days
(20 April - 12 May).
Test team announced 12 days after arrival in South Africa
The Indian team left for West Indies late at night on 12 May 2006.After a 9-hour long BA flight from Mumbai to London Heathrow, they spent five hours in transit, then flew for nine more hours from Gatwick to Norman Manley Airport, Jamaica. Arrived on Sunday 14 May.
Five players - Dinesh Karthik, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, VRV Singh and Wasim Jaffer - flew in to Antigua, by way of Norman Manley Airport, Kingston, on Monday 28 May for the Test series.
•Wasim Jaffer made a double century (212) opening the batting in the first Test at St John’s.
•Three Indians scored a century in the 2nd Test: Sehwag (180), Dravid (146) and Kaif (148*) as India scored
•Harbhajan had taken 44 overs for his 5-147 at Basseterre, but captured 5 more wickets in 27 balls at Kingston
•Rahul Dravid brought up 9000 Test runs at Kingston in his 176th innings, fewer than anyone before.
•Dravid was the batsman of the series with 496 runs in the four Tests including a century and four fifties.
•At the end of the third day at Kingston, Kumble took his sixth wicket of the innings to win the 4th Test.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Return to India
Their final Test win left the Indian players with two days in Kingston, with nothing to do except wait for their departure back home.
Some players, including Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman, were fortunate enough to get seats to London on 3 July, and Greg Chappell went off to the USA on 4 July to see his newborn grandchild, but most had to wait until 5 July for the next available BA flight to London.