When Martin Crowe was in tears at missing triple ton in 1991...

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."

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