At Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, August 18-22, 2016. Drawn. Toss: West Indies.
A match supposed to celebrate 125 years of the Queen's Park Cricket Club descended into embarrassment for both them and the West Indian board when only 22 overs were possible, all on the first day. A sharp shower had sent the players off and - with the ground staff slow bringing on the covers - parts of the outfield were soaked.
Then a clogged drain at one end of the ground prevented water from seeping away, even after a day of bright sunshine. To make matters worse, no Super Sopper was available.Although it was the rainy season in Trinidad - a time when no Test had been attempted before - it should have been possible to get some play. Instead, the second day was called off, after which the Indians did not even bother turning up, relying on periodic updates from the umpires, who finally put everyone out of their misery at 9.30 on the fifth morning.The referee, Ranjan Madugalle, criticised the ground management as "poor", and the ICC later issued an official warning (jointly with Durban, which staged a similarly soggy Test at almost the same time).
India had to settle for a series win - their sixth in succession over West Indies - but were unhappy at not being able to push for a third victory, which would have taken them top of the Test rankings. Instead, Pakistan grabbed the No. 1 spot, before India overhauled them with victory at home against New Zealand. Ashwin, who took one of the two wickets to fall, was deprived of the chance of equalling the Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett's record of reaching 200 in 36 Tests, ending this match with 193. He had to be content with his sixth Man of the Series award, beating the Indian record held (from many more matches) by Virender Sehwag and SachinTendulkar.
Man of the Series: R. Ashwin.