St Louis: Larry Gomes, who stood out in the West Indies squad of 1970's and 80's with his curly hair and complexion, said he still can't believe West Indies lost to India, chasing just 184 runs, in the 1983 Prudential World Cup final. "I still can't believe it. We had not heard of match-fixing or bookies but there were lot of people who said we must have done a deal to lose the World Cup in this manner. We didn't give up hope till the last. Even when the last man was in, we were still hopeful. But all credit to India who played well," said Gomes. Proud to be part of Clive Lloyd's all conquering side, Gomes, a reliable all-rounder, said the success of the team was due to its professionalism. "We were very professional, I must say, in our approach. Most of us also played professional cricket in England and it helped us a great deal.
I feel very fortunate that I was part of an unbeatable side." Gomes was an indispensable part of probably the greatest outfit to have appeared on a cricket field and in all played 60 Tests between 1976 and 1987 during which he made 3171 runs with nine centuries at 39.63 per innings. Gomes was a grafter, trying to spend long hours at the crease rather than take command as his fellow batsmen Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Lawrence Rowe and Alvin Kallicharan did.