Former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Hashan Tillakaratne revealed that Martin Crowe, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 53, had tears in his eyes when he missed out on a triple century by one run in the Wellington Test of the 1990-91 season.
"The way he was going, I thought he will break Sir Garry Sobers' record of 365 but I caught him off Arjuna Ranatunga for 299," recalled Tillakaratne.
"After the game, when I went to shake hands with him, he was in tears. He was very upset that he couldn't reach the milestone."
Tillakaratne added: "I want to send my condolences to Martin Crowe's family. He was one of the finest batsmen the world has seen, a great technician. As a kid, I watched him when he came to Sri Lanka with Geoff Howarth's team in 1994 and I remember going to the Sinhalese Sports Club to watch him bat. I was very fortunate to play against Martin when I toured New Zealand. Conditions didn't matter to him. He could play anywhere in any condition. I have seen only two players who handled Muralitharan well. One was Brian Lara and the other was Martin."