Tests: Pakistan 3 India 0, ODIs: Pakistan 3 India 1

The Indians in Pakistan, 1982-83

In a one-sided series Pakistan beat India by three Tests to none, their victories at Karachi, Hyderabad and Faisalabad all being achieved by large margins. They also won the series of one-day internationals. Imran Khan's team plundered the mild Indian attack almost to their hearts' content, breaking record after record as the season progressed. The consistency and scoring feats of Zaheer Abbas, Mudassar Nazar, Javed Miandad, and to a slightly lesser extent Mohsin Khan, destroyed the Indian bowlers.

Mudassar scored four Test centuries and Zaheer three, both players also performing outstandingly in the one-day internationals. Added together Mudassar's 761 runs, Zaheer's 650 and Miandad's 594 constituted a record for the three top batsmen in any Test series. Miandad and Mudassar created a new world Test record for the third wicket at Hyderabad, their partnership of 451 also equaling the all-time record for any Test wicket, set up by D. G. Bradman and W. H. Ponsford.

Imran, who became the first Pakistan bowler to take 200 Test wickets, bowled with such venom and fire that no Indian batsman other than Mohinder Amarnath faced him with any confidence. Sarfraz was also still a force to be reckoned with.

India's poor showing was due mainly to patchy batting and weak fielding. Many catches were dropped at crucial moments. In addition, except for Kapil Dev, none of their bowlers posed any real threat to the home batsmen. Madan Lal had to return to India because of a badly bruised heel. India relied principally on their three left-arm spinners, of whom Dilip Doshi, the most experienced of them, did not show his best form after the first Test. Ravi Shastri, another of them, had injury problems, and the turbaned Maninder Singh did not enjoy the best of luck.

An umpiring controversy in the middle of the six-Test series, when the manager of the Indian team, the Maharaja of Baroda, was critical of local standards, blew over with the release of a statement by Sunil Gavaskar, the Indian captain, expressing his confidence in the umpires of Pakistan. Although, yet again, politically motivated rioting marred the last Test in Karachi, the series was played, on the whole, in a cordial atmosphere.

INDIAN TOUR RESULTS

Test matches - Played 6: Lost 3, Drawn 3.

First-class matches - Played 10: Won 1, Lost 3, Drawn 6.

Win - NWFP Governor's XI.

Losses - Pakistan (3).

Draws - Pakistan (3), BCCP XI, BCCP Patron's XI, Punjab Governor's XI.

Non first-class matches - Played 5: Won 2, Lost 3. Wins - Pakistan, Baluchistan Governor's XI.

Losses - Pakistan (3).


Match reports for

1st Test: West Indies v India at Kingston, Feb 23-28, 1983
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1st ODI: West Indies v India at Port of Spain, Mar 9, 1983
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2nd Test: West Indies v India at Port of Spain, Mar 11-16, 1983
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2nd ODI: West Indies v India at Albion, Mar 29, 1983
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3rd Test: West Indies v India at Georgetown, Mar 31-Apr 5, 1983
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3rd ODI: West Indies v India at St George's, Apr 7, 1983
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4th Test: West Indies v India at Bridgetown, Apr 15-20, 1983
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5th Test: West Indies v India at St John's, Apr 28-May 3, 1983
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Match reports for

1st ODI: Pakistan v India at Gujranwala, Dec 3, 1982
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1st Test: Pakistan v India at Lahore, Dec 10-15, 1982
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2nd ODI: Pakistan v India at Multan, Dec 17, 1982
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2nd Test: Pakistan v India at Karachi, Dec 23-27, 1982
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3rd ODI: Pakistan v India at Lahore, Dec 31, 1982
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3rd Test: Pakistan v India at Faisalabad, Jan 3-8, 1983
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4th Test: Pakistan v India at Hyderabad (Sind), Jan 14-19, 1983
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4th ODI: Pakistan v India at Karachi, Jan 21, 1983
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5th Test: Pakistan v India at Lahore, Jan 23-28, 1983
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6th Test: Pakistan v India at Karachi, Jan 30-Feb 4, 1983
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