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Mohammad Aamer steams in and bangs it short. Shane Dowrich slashes it hard in the third-man region for a boundary. Dowrich runs towards his Barbadian schoolmate and the side’s hero of the final Test Kraigg Brathwaite. They celebrate. An exalted Viv Richards, who had not lost a Test series as West Indies captain, stands up amidst the empty stands to applaud, so does Jason Holder, who has won his first Test as captain. Yes, Test cricket witnesses one of its rarest moment as West Indies pull off a win against a top-ranked side. They may have lost the series 1-2 against the No.2 ranked Pakistan in the arid UAE but this could have gone West Indies’ way. The series is lost but the Caribbean side have won plaudits. Suvajit Mustafi evaluates the performance from the West Indian camp and rates them in a scale of 10. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 3rd Test at Sharjah

Devendra Bishoo, 8.5: Pakistan are accustomed to playing the best leg-spinner Yasir Shah at nets and that makes Bishoo’s life more difficult. In the first innings, Azhar Ali made Bishoo look like a net bowler but in the next innings, Bishoo with the pink ball spun West Indies to brink of a memorable win with a 8-for in the day and night Test. West Indies agonisingly lost in the final session of the Test.

Bishoo was consistent against the strong Pakistani batting line-up playing in familiar condition and throughout the series he chipped in with crucial contributions with the bat. He was by far West Indies’ best player in the series.

Tests: 3 | Wickets: 18 | Ave: 27.00 | BBI: 8-49 | Runs: 93 | HS: 27 | Ave: 18.60

Jason Holder, 8: Often criticised for his defensive leadership and lacklustre bowling, the West Indian skipper finally had a good series. Holder was good with the bat, his disciplined 3-for at Abu Dhabi helped West Indies keep Pakistan under 500 and his maiden fifer played a crucial role in the win in final Test. He also seems to have evolved as a leader and this series will only boost his confidence.

Tests: 3 | Wickets: 9 | Ave: 23.66 | BBI: 5-30 | Runs: 123 | HS: 40* | Ave: 41.00

Kraigg Brathwaite, 7.5: With scores of 142 not out and 60 not out in the final match, Brathwaite became the only opening batsman in the game’s close to 140-year history to remain unbeaten in both the innings of a Test. He batted for 696 minutes and faced 427 balls without being dismissed.

Had he been more consistent in the first two Tests West Indies could have won the series. It was only in the second half of the series he stood up and excelled.

Resilient and determined, Brathwaite was a rock at the top and finished as the second highest run-getter in this series behind Azhar Ali. Not to forget he dismissed Younis Khan with his off-spin at Abu Dhabi when the latter looked good on 127.

Tests: 3 | Runs: 328 | HS: 142* | Ave: 82.00 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 2

Darren Bravo, 7: Unfortunately for West Indies, Brathwaite and Bravo fired at different stages in the series. Bravo could not finish the series the way he started. A batting style that is reminiscent to his older cousin Brain Lara’s, he almost pulled of a Lara-like 153 not out chase in the day-night Test at Dubai.

With 87 and 116, he almost overshadowed Azhar Ali’s triple ton. Chasing 346, West Indies fell 56 short. After 87, 116 and 43, Bravo ended with 13, 11 and 3. He could do with more consistency.

Tests: 3 | Runs: 273 | HS: 116 | Ave: 45.50 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 1

Shane Dowrich, 6.5: There was a furore when Denesh Ramdin was dropped from the side. Dowrich’s presence has been more of intrigue. However, in an 8-Test career, the 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has shown immense maturity. His first ball-duck in the chase at Dubai proved costly or else he could have made the Pakistanis toil. A lethal yorker did him on that occasion. He missed the second Test due to injury but coming back in the final Test he had memorable outings.

Dowrich, who scored the winning runs at Sharjah, scored a valuable 47 and 60 not out in the final Test. He was a safe bet behind the stumps too.

Tests: 2 | Runs: 139 | HS: 60* | Ave: 46.33 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 1 | Dismissals: 4 

Shannon Gabriel, 5.5: Far too many no-balls, amidst some serious pace and effort. Gabriel is a trier and that is what he did in this tour. However for a strike bowler, you need to get more wickets. His five-for restricted Pakistan under 500 at Abu Dhabi but they still managed enough to win the Test.

Gabriel bowled well in patches and created some discomfort for Pakistani batsmen. He ended as West Indies’ highest-most wicket-taker in this series.

Tests: 3 | Wickets: 10 | Ave: 35.70 | BBI: 5-96 | 5WI: 1

Jermaine Blackwood, 4.5: Barring the 95 at Abu Dhabi, Blackwood failed to get going in the series. He is an aggressive batsman and is quite capable of notching up better numbers.

 Tests: 3 | Runs: 182 | HS: 95 | Ave: 30.33 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 1

Shai Hope, 4: Replacing Dowrich at the last moment in the Abu Dhabi Test, Hope not only had the job of scoring runs but also had to don the unfamiliar big gloves. He did not do too badly. Hope scored a fighting 41 in the second Test to be dropped from the next Test. Hope has not been lucky off late. He should be playing more.

Test: 1 | Runs: 52 | HS: 41 | Ave: 26.00 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 0 | Dismissals: 2

Alzarri Joseph, 3: The promising young pacer picked two tail-ender wickets in the final Test, the only one he played in. He did not have much role to play in the series otherwise. Still a teenager, he looks a good prospect.

Test: 1 | Wickets: 2 | Ave: 49.00 | BBI: 2-57 | 5WI: 0

Roston Chase, 3: After a promising start to his career against India where he equalised Garry Sobers’ feat, Chase failed to live up to his potential in this series. As an all-rounder, neither did he inspire with the willow and Pakistani batsmen were merry against his gently off-spin. Had he excelled in either department, West Indies would have ended better.

His best show came in the final Test at Sharjah where he added 83 with Brathwaite and registered a fifty in the process.

Tests: 3 | Runs: 135 | HS: 50 | Ave: 22.50 | Wickets: 3 | Ave: 103.00 | BBI: 1-47

Marlon Samuels, 2.5: Samuels got off to a good start, smacking a stroke-filled 76 at Dubai but he could not keep the momentum going. Being the most experienced player in the West Indian camp, Samuels should be doing a lot better than what he has in recent times. The likes of Shai Hope are waiting in the wings and time and patience are both running out with the Jamaican.

Tests: 3 | Runs: 143 | HS: 76 | Ave: 23.83 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 1

Leon Johnson, 1.5: The left-hander was a complete failure as an opener and that was one of the areas, which hurt West Indies the most. The early wicket forced them on back foot and Braithwaite could have contributed more had Johnson given him more support. His best show came at Dubai when he scored 47 in the chase.

Tests: 3 | Runs: 96 | HS: 47 | Ave: 16.00 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 0

Miguel Cummins, 1: Cummins was expensive, failed to claim wickets and Pakistan feasted on his bowling. He get a point simply because of making an appearance. Even with the bat there was absolutely no resistance that he showed and managed an average of one.

Test: 1 | Wickets: 1 | Ave: 219.00 | BBI: 1-26

(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sports marketer , strategist, entrepreneur,  philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully [Twitter] and rivu7 [Facebook].)