London: Rahul Dravid who spent considerable time with the Indian team in their preparation for the ongoing Test series against England was delighted for Thursday centurion Ajinkya Rahane.
“This was Ajinkya’s first Test at Lord’s and a green top. At 145 for seven, nobody could imagine he could get a hundred. He swallowed the pressure and injected confidence into the incoming batsmen. Good off the back foot, front foot, square of the wicket and an excellent puller… Ajinkya is a complete player,” said Dravid, who in 1996, missed a hundred on debut here by five runs when he was caught behind by England Jack Russell off pacer Chris Lewis. “It reminds me of 1996 when Sourav Ganguly and I arrived. I didn’t get a hundred, but Sourav got one. I am sure this century will give Ajinkya a lot of confidence,” added Dravid.