West Indies have seen it all – from dominating the world cricket for decades to steeply falling down the ladder and delivering one of the worst performances in the history of the game.
On this very day in the year 1999, West Indies crumbled to 51 all-out in front of the ferocious fast bowling of Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie.
It was their lowest total in a test inning, which was further reduced by four runs against England in 2004. On the anniversary of the famous debacle, we bring you the five lowest scores by West Indies in test matches.
1. 47 against England (Kingston, 11 March 2004)
West Indies crumbled to their lowest test total in their cricketing history, with Steve Harmison being the wrecker-in-chief, taking seven wickets giving away just 12 runs. In what seemed to be a brain fade for the Caribbean batters. Only first innings centurion Devon Smith and Wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs could get into the double figures while five of them could not open their account.
Out of five were the middle-order trio of Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and Ramnaresh Sarwan. A new nadir was achieved in the fading history of Caribbean cricket.
2. 51 against Australia (Port of Spain, 5 March 1999)
After conceding a commanding lead in the first innings, West Indies bowlers did well to get Aussies all-out for 261, thus setting a target of 364 for themselves. They would have never imagined what was to follow. It took just 19.1 overs for Australia to finish the match as West Indies were bowled out for 51 with just one man, Ridley Jacobs getting into double figures. McGrath and Gillespie shared nine wickets among themselves and the already out-of-sorts Caribbean’s were absolutely demolished.
3. 53 against Pakistan (Faisalabad, 24 October 1986)
After getting the vital first innings lead, West Indies left Pakistan off the hook by letting them score 300+, setting themselves a target of 240 which was always going to be difficult in fourth innings in sub-continent. But the islanders couldn’t get anywhere near the total, getting bundled out for 53 within 25.3 overs.
Abdul Qadir took six wickets while rest of them were shared by Imran Khan as only three of the batsmen could reach the double figures. Even Vivian Richards got out for a duck!
4. 54 against England (Lord’s, 29 June 2000)
After getting vital 133 run lead in the first innings, West Indies threw away the match into England’s hand by getting bundled out for paltry 54. Andy Caddick bowled unchanged for 13 overs and took five wickets as once again, it was only wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs who was the highest scorer with 10. The English seized the opportunity and chased the target eight-down.
5. 61 against England (Leeds, 17 August 2000)
The scenario this time was different from the second test as West Indies had conceded a 100-run lead when both teams completed their first turn. However, England did not come out to bat again as their opponents were shot out for just 61. Caddick was the destroyer again, taking five for 14 in his 11.3 overs as only three West Indians could manage to go past 10. The performance once again exposed the fragilities of the West Indies batting line-up.