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The winter of Padams and Prabhakar's broken nose

This week, we revisit West Indies' 1994-95 tour of India

Jimmy Adams scored 520 runs at 173.33 during the Test series against India in 1994-95

Jimmy Adams scored 520 runs at 173.33 during the Test series against India in 1994-95  •  Shaun Botterill/Allsport

There's no live cricket to watch, but we've got you covered with some YouTube gold. This week in What We're Watching, we look back at West Indies' incident-packed tour of India in 1994-95.
The Lara and Tendulkar show
The tour began with a glut of ODIs: a five-match bilateral series between India and West Indies, with the Wills World Series - a tri-series also involving New Zealand - oddly sandwiched between the second and third ODIs.
India won the bilateral ODIs comprehensively, losing the first match in Faridabad (it was the last match of Kapil Dev's international career) before bouncing back and winning the last four. Not much footage from this series survives on YouTube, but you can watch two innings from the fourth ODI in Cuttack: Brian Lara's 89, and Ajay Jadeja's 104, his maiden ODI century.
In the first match of the Wills World Series, in Madras (now Chennai), Brian Lara played some exquisite drives on his way to 74, as you can see in these 15 minutes of highlights from his innings. He was out lbw to Tendulkar, and West Indies collapsed, eventually falling to a four-wicket defeat.
After his string of low scores, Tendulkar the batsman roared back into form with his first-ever ODI century at home, against New Zealand in Vadodara, in an impressive chase of 270. He was particularly severe down the ground, hitting some impeccable straight drives. Only a freak run-out was ever going to get him out that day.
Controversy and Caribbean flair
The second round of tri-series matches began in Kanpur where West Indies beat India comprehensively. The match is widely remembered for Manoj Prabhakar's painstaking 102 not out off 154 balls, and his infamous partnership with Nayan Mongia, during which neither batsman seemed interested in going for the target. As you can deduce from these extended highlights, India needed 62 from 43 when Mongia walked in. They ended up scoring just 16.
West Indies then beat New Zealand in Guwahati where Carl Hooper made 111, and added just as many with Lara for the third wicket, with neither batsman wearing a helmet, even against the quicker bowlers.
The tri-series ended with a one-sided final at Eden Gardens, where India comfortably beat West Indies. Watch some sparkling strokeplay from India's batsmen, Tendulkar and Mohammad Azharuddin in particular, as well as the rare sight of big sixes from Courtney Walsh's bat. It was almost a repeat of the Hero Cup final at the same venue the previous year.
West Indies hang on to their proud record
After almost three weeks of ODIs it was time for the crucial three-match Test series. West Indies came into the series looking to extend a long unbeaten run: they hadn't lost a Test series anywhere since 1980, playing 27, winning 19, and drawing the rest.
The Test series is well capsuled in this ten-minute package, with commentary by Henry Blofeld and Tony Cozier. The series is remembered for Jimmy 'Padams' Adams, who used his pads brilliantly to frustrate India's spinners, scoring a second-innings 81 in a heavy West Indies defeat in Mumbai, followed by hundreds in Nagpur and Mohali.
West Indies pulled off a series-levelling win in that third Test in Mohali, courtesy some superb short-pitched bowling on a bouncy track, with Walsh famously giving Prabhakar a broken nose during India's second innings. Prabhakar scored a hundred in the first innings, and you can watch highlights of his second-wicket partnership with Sanjay Manjrekar here.
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Gaurav Sundararaman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo