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Stayed blank and played one ball at a time: Rahane

The first batsman to notch up a hundred in what has been a particularly low-scoring Test series against South Africa, India’s Ajinkya Rahane said the key to his success was keeping a blank mind and playing one ball at a time.

“When I was batting, I just wanted to stay blank and play one ball at a time. I wanted to build partnerships with the other batsmen. It feels really special that I batted with (Ravichandran) Ashwin while getting my hundred,” Rahane, who scored a superb 127, told mediapersons at the end of the day.

“In the first two Test matches, I was looking to play shots initially and that’s why I got out. I knew I was batting well. I spoke to Sanjay Bangar and Ravi bhai (Ravi Shastri) and they said ‘You have just got to take your time initially, play one ball at a time. If you are 25 to 30, your instincts will take over’.”

The stylish batsman said there was nothing wrong with his technique but he was playing too many shots too early.

“There was nothing wrong technically or mentally. I was just playing shots close to my body. I was slightly hurrying as I was trying to play my shots straightaway. Here I just wanted to take my own time and play as close to my body as possible, wait for loose balls. Patience was key over here.

Determination and patience helped me in this innings,” Rahane revealed his secret of success. For Rahane, the hundred is indeed a special one as he made his Test debut at this venue.

“Yes, it is a very special hundred for me because I made my debut in Delhi against Australia. So I had a few things in my mind. Those memories against Australia (were revisited). I was pretty determined to bat well as I knew that I was batting really well in the series.
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