Port of Spain, which is located in Trinidad is one of the significant cricket venues in the West Indies. For the record, this venue has hosted more Tests than any other ground in the Caribbean. This venue holds a rich history as it has hosted a number of ODIs including many World Series Cricket games in 1979 and also the games of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
Traditionally, the Trinidad pitches are well-known for their pace and bounce and the conditions make it suitable for the fast bowlers. The extra bounce on this wicket can easily ruffle the batsmen’s feathers, particularly who are not customary to facing such tough conditions.
The elements of extra bounce and pace make it favourable for the pacers, especially those who can generate immense speed and hit the deck hard. Pacers get a great deal of assistance on the basis of movement off the seam and can be a major threat to the batters.
Indian pacers have often struggled in this particular venue and only two players chipped in with a complete performance at Port of Spain. Let’s know the names of two Indians who bagged a fifer at Port of Spain.
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1. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. The former pace-bowling all-rounder was the first Indian to bag a five-wicket haul at Port of Spain. He achieved the feat during India’s tour of the West Indies in 1989 in the third Test match. Kapil Dev registered 5/58 in the second innings.
2. Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj became the second Indian paceman to take a five-wicket haul against the West Indies at Port of Spain. He achieved the feat during the second Test match at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. He registered 5/60, which is his second fifer in Tests and also his personal best bowling figures in Test cricket.
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Updated as of July 24, 2023*