Mumbai, Nov 26: Satisfied to snatch a thrilling draw in the third cricket Test against India here today, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy said a defeat in the final match of the series would have broken their hearts, especially after scoring massive runs in the first innings.
Chasing 243 runs in the second innings to complete a rare series whitewash against the West Indies, India could manage 242 for nine off the last ball of the match, thereby ensuring a nerve-wracking finish.
“I had all sorts of feelings coming into my mind. At one time, the feeling of a tied Test too came to my mind. I was speaking to Kirk (Edwards) at covers and he said ‘we can draw, we won't lose'. To lose the game after scoring 590 would have been heart breaking for us,” a visibly contended Sammy said at the post-match press conference.
Needing three runs to win off the last over with two wickets in hand, India managed to get only two and lost the wicket of Ravichandran Ashwin while he attempted a non-existent double off the last ball to seal the game in India's favour.
The West Indies captain, however, said having lost the series already he would have liked to sign off with a win.
“Obviously, happy with the result but a win would have been icing on the cake. We would have loved to win against a higher rung team. It would have given us some points. Our goal is to make it to the top five in Test cricket,” Sammy said.
“To win a match like this we need to bat well in both innings. But (in the end) it was a good game of cricket.”