Ramnaresh Sarwan hopes his match-winning hundred for West Indies in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka will be the beginning of greater things to come.
Sarwan hit his 10th Test hundred of 102, as West Indies, chasing 253 for victory, reached their target a little over an hour after tea on the fourth day on Sunday.
It ended a two-year spell without a hundred for the 27-year-old Sarwan and also announced that he was fully back into the groove, following string of injuries that sidelined him and kept him out of the game over the last 10 months.
"When I couldn't play I realised how much I was missing the game and ...it gave me time to think about what I can do," he said, noting he leant on family, friends, and teammates to help him pull through a difficult period.
"I am thankful for their support and I just want to continue preparing the way that I have been for this series, and hopefully, I will be able to put together more scores like this."
Prior to this innings, Sarwan had scores of 80, 72, and 57 in the series, and he was a relieved man, when he lapped Muttiah Muralitharan to deep fine leg for the last of his 15 boundaries to reach his hundred, and end his months of frustration.
The knocked made him a shoe-in for the Man-of-the-Match award and he also carried away the Man-of-the-Series prize.
"I've been out for 10 months, and when you look at players around the World, they tend to mature around the age of 26 and 27, and then it carries on until they are 33-34," he said. "I hope that is going to be the case for me.
"I have learnt a lot over the years playing international cricket and I hope I can continue playing the way that I am now - so the experience I have accumulated over the last 8-1/2 years can start paying off now."
Sarwan disclosed that he was not completely free of the nicks that stem from his injuries, but things are getting better.
"It's only when I get up in the morning, I tend to get some pain in my ankle and my shoulder for about five or 10 minutes," he said.
"But once that spell is over, everything is well. Our physiotherapist C.J. Clark and our trainer Gerald Garcia are working hard to keep me fit, and this is great."