Ajinkya Rahane Felt Emotional After Special Century in Antigua
India’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has revealed that he was “a little emotional” after scoring a special century in the Ancient Test Antigua, the first in two years.
Rahane played high 81 and 102-runs in the two innings he played in the first Test against the West Indies that India won by a large margin of 381-runs.
-Rahane after Century Talks to Press Conference-
I was a little emotional; I thought the 10th was extraordinary. I wasn’t thinking about any particular celebration, and it came out automatically.
As I said before the process always matters to me a lot. Preparations before every series are essential. I did it during the two years, so (this hundred) was unique.
In Antigua, Rahane reached the bat when the team was in one place in the first innings when India was 25/3 and in the second when they needed to build a lead. India’s deputy captain said he wasn’t thinking about personal milestones and was just trying to play according to the situation.
We were under-pressure in the first innings. I thought the West Indies played well in that session, all that day. It was an opportunity for me to do something special for my team. I think because of the situation I wasn’t thinking about me because it was essential to start that partnership: a player has to stay and bat and we knew that.
I thought it was also something special for me because we knew we were in an awkward position at the time, and happily, we did very well and came back strong from that point.
(In the second inning) I knew that the association (106-runs) with Virat was very crucial. And, because of the thinking of that team, the pressure was completely off. And it was extraordinary to get those hundred after two years.
He also praised Hanuma Vihari, who scored 93 crucial runs in the second inning and has solidified the middle order.
Vihari did very well on the India A tours and did well on the domestic circuit. It’s good that the players who did well for some time in the national cricket are doing well at the international level.