SRINIVASARAGHAVAN VENKATARAGHAVAN (PORT-OF-SPAIN, 1970-71)
Though Venkat’s stats were not as distinguished as those of others in India’s famed quartet, and his variations and flight not as notable, he was indispensable to them, often setting up opposition by building pressure with accurate off-spin. Venkat would occasionally break out and star on his own, though, and his 8-72 against New Zealand at age 20 was the best innings performance of any of the foursome. In 1970-71, a golden period for India happened to coincide with Venkat’s most prolific success. Before defeating England, the team went to the Caribbean, and he took 5-95 in a rare away victory in the Second Test at Port-of-Spain. It also gave India the series, 1-0.