Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane has revealed that he was a bit nervous before his first test at Lord’s. Rahane played a superb innings of 103 runs on a green wicket yesterday. Due to his brilliant effort, India managed to score 290-9 on the first day despite being 150-7 at one stage. Rahane also scored 96 in South Africa and a century in New Zealand earlier this year.
Rahane said, “Every hundred is special, be it at Wellington or at Lord’s. But yes this is special because I have done this at Lord’s. I was a little nervous last night because this is my first match at this ground. But I calmed down in the morning realising that all I need to do was bat patiently until I face 25-30 deliveries and then see how it will go.”
He added, “I was telling myself to play as close to the body as possible. After 25-35 runs, I started taking my chances. It was challenging and a completely different wicket. I had a good partnership with Bhuvneshwar. When he first came in to bat, I asked him if he was okay with me taking singles early in the over. And he said he was confident, so I trusted him.”
He also thanked his team mates, adding, “I also want to thank the top-order — (Murali) Vijay, (Cheteshwar) Pujara and (Virat) Kohli — they played through a crucial phase in tough conditions against the new ball, and watching them bat, I gained confidence.”