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  Wednesday, 22 May, 2002, 17:01 GMT 18:01 UK
Joy confined for Windies
Merv Dillon helped turn the series around
Merv Dillon helped turn the series around

When Carl Hooper's team went 1-0 down to India in Trinidad, three Tests remained in the series and the West Indies were muttering the brave but seemingly empty words of "talking positively."

But coming through the final three matches win-draw-win to claim a 2-1 series victory has proved an enormous fillip for the team - and it must help their confidence for future matches.

Nevertheless, whatever strides the West Indies have made in this series, according to one of the Caribbean's great former players, much still needs to be done.

Richie Richardson, the exciting former batsman, told BBC Sport Online: "I'm very happy and very excited that the guys are playing so well.

"But they still have a lot of hard work to do. And it's not only the present team who must work hard. They have to get the right structure and build from there."

  Series results
1st Test, Guyana: Draw
2nd Test, Barbados: India won by 37 runs
3rd Test, Barbados: West Indies won by 10 wickets
4th Test, Antigua: Draw
5th Test, Jamaica: West Indies won by 155 runs

Beaten 2-0 by Pakistan in the hastily-arranged series in Sharjah earlier in the year, the West Indies had also been dispatched in a 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka late in 2001.

And Richardson thinks he knows some of the reasons for the poor recent form before the series win against India.

"We never invested in the development of the game. We just assumed we would continue to produce great players and unearth great talent.

"But the game has changed and I think up to apoint we were guilty of complacency."

Richardson highlighted the burgeoning talents of batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan and paceman Adam Sanford.

Chris Gayle's introduction was vital
Chris Gayle's introduction was vital

But he added: "We have to make sure we do whatever it takes to develop these guys properly."

After Trinidad things would have started looking decidedly bleak. And Hooper's captaincy seemed to be every bit as uninspiring as Jimmy Adams's had before him.

But then came Barbados. At the Kensington Oval, on an utterly placid pitch, only the Indians will know how they folded to 102 all out.

Perhaps they were unnerved by being invited to bat first after Hooper won the toss.

And the series was effectively turned on its head when Sachin Tendulkar fell for a second-ball duck, caught behind off the left-arm seamer Pedro Collins \z India finished on 102 all out.

The balance of power swung dramatically after that match. As it transpired, the West Indies had the better of the Antigua draw and dominated in all departments in Jamaica.

Jacobs replaced Murray midway through the series
Jacobs replaced Murray midway through the series

In 1976, India also went into the final Test of a series in the West Indies locked at 1-1 in the series.

On that occasion, the venue was also Sabina Park, and again India succumbed.

In 1976, of course, Michael Holding was at his peak and an astonishing five Indian batsmen reported as absent hurt in the second innings.

But Sourav Ganguly, a man who has already had his fair share of criticism from an Indian public all too ready to castigate him when things go wrong, cannot use that excuse this time.

Pace, however, as it was in 1976, was the key to the West Indies' series victory this time.

The crowning moment for a West Indies public who have suffered plenty of hardship in recent years was the sight of Adam Sanford beating the great Sachin for pace and clean-bowling the great man in the second innings when he was well set in the 80s.

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