Saturday 15 February 2014 

Video - Maiden Test Century 'Special' - Rahane

Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane says that his maiden Test century, scored on day two of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington, was a 'special' innings.

Rahane made 118 as India replied to New Zealand's 192 by reaching 438 in reply to remain in a strong position as they try to hit back following a 40-run defeat in Auckland.

Now Rahane, whose previous best was 96, scored in South Africa late last year, says he will remember his innings for a long time.

"Test hundred is always special and obviously first hundred I will remember for a long time so it's a special hundred for me and I hope, I'm sure tomorrow is a crucial day for us and the bowlers will do their many jobs so I'm really happy for this," Rahane said.

He added that he had not wanted his batting partners to change their game just because he was approaching a three-figure score, despite the fact that he was batting with the tail.

"I mean during the 90s when me and Zaheer Khan was batting I wasn't thinking about my hundred.

"I told Zaheer to just play the way you like and the way that you are playing so I told him I'm not thinking about hundred.

"I just wanted to take my time and I went to bat and I just wanted to play my game and wherever I've been playing same as domestic cricket so I just wanted to continue that and really happy that I got hundred."

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