Wellington: India batsman Ajinkya Rahane thanked his role models Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar after scoring his maiden Test century against New Zealand here on Saturday.
Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid
Rahane had missed his first Test hundred by a whisker in SA. "Rahul Dravid is my role model and I have been following him since childhood," Rahane said after India ended the day leading New Zealand by 222 runs with nine wickets in hand.
"I have played with him in the Indian team and with Rajasthan Royals, and so I really learnt a lot from him both on and off the field. I just want to thank Rahul bhai.
I also want to thank Sachin (Tendulkar) paaji because during his last two Test matches, he told me about my batting. He said, 'I have been following you, and your hard work and your fitness.
Just be patient and wait for your chance.' Thanks to both of them," Rahane said. The 25-year-old was at a loss for words when expressing his joy. "I don't know how to express my feelings.
A Test hundred is always special, but I will remember this first hundred for a long time. It's a very special hundred for me, but tomorrow is also a crucial day for us and hopefully the bowlers will do their job."