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A great feeling: Hinds

KOLKATA OCT. 31. Wavell Hinds will cherish the century he scored against India in the third and final Test against India at the Eden Gardens on Thursday. The 26-year-old Jamaican hit his third hundred, second against India, and put the West Indies in a position of strength.

"It is a great feeling to get a century when a big knock was due from me,'' said the Kingston-born left-hander. "It has to be one of the better knocks, for it was scored away from home. I believed in myself and played the ball on merit.''

Hinds said it was a very good batting track with not much of bounce or turn as experienced in the earlier Tests. He singled out Ashish Nehra and Javagal Srinath as the bowlers who impressed him most. He, however, fell to off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

"I really enjoy playing a good innings. It is always rewarding to play for the West Indies,'' he said about his effort. Hinds and Chris Gayle put on a big first-wicket partnership for the first time in the ongoing series. "When one gets an opportunity one should grab it with both hands. It is very important because we have to salvage some pride when trailing the series 0-2,'' he opined.

Hinds, who scored 165 against Pakistan at Bridgetown in 1999-00 and 113 against India at Kingston earlier this year, felt, "in a Test match you will have to prove yourself. You need to do everything that is required for the side. You need to be patient and strike out when needed, the balance has to be there according to a given situation.''

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