Ajinkya Rahane termed his knock of 188 as a “special one” which will be etched in his memory for a long time to come.
Rahane, who added 365 runs with skipper Virat Kohli, is happy that he was able to play the short ball well even after struggling during the first session.
“This innings was really special and the partnership too (with captain Virat Kohli). We were 100 for 3 and from there getting 365 is really special,” said Rahane, whose surpassed his highest Test score of 147 against Australia at Sydney in January of 2015.
Rahane admitted that humidity did play a part during the two days.
“It was hot out there today (Sunday). I was struggling yesterday (Saturday) against the short ball and Virat told me to take my time. Today (Sunday) I wanted to dominate after getting the hundred. This partnership will stay in memory for a long time,” an elated Rahane said.
“I take credit for the way I handled things yesterday (Saturday) when they were bowling short and I rate this 100 up there,” said the soft-spoken Mumbaikar.
He said that, on Saturday, the fourth wicket pair talked mainly about cricket in the middle but on Sunday they wanted to have fun with it being hot in the middle.
“We were talking about partnership yesterday (Staurday) but today (Sunday) it was hot and humid. We did not discuss too much about cricket. We wanted to have fun. The partnership was very crucial and we had decided to attack after getting our hundreds. We wanted their fast bowlers to bowl so that we could attack.”
“In this innings, I struggled but it’s important to enjoy and tackle it which is what counts. As a batsman it’s important to face the next ball calmly after being beaten. This showed me what Test cricket is all about. I needed 200 to 230 balls to reach my 100.”
“Today (Sunday) I was really happy they were bowling short balls as I knew they will give me runs. Yesterday (Saturday), I struggled but today (Sunday) it was different. Once I got my hundred with Jeetan Patel and Santner came on to bowl, I wanted to play my normal cricket shots.”
“Virat came up to me and told me yesterday (Saturday) not to worry even though I was struggling. He was bating so well and fluently. He said it does not matter whether you are getting hit. Tomorrow (Sunday) if you are there you will dominate.”