Nottingham: Senior batsman Rahul Dravid, who scored his second consecutive century of the series against England in the second Test here on Saturday, rued that India had let slipped the chance to take control of the match for the second day in succession.
“We had them 124 for eight yesterday and today we were 267 for four and we collapsed. In a tight game, on a tough wicket in a low-scoring game, these things are important. It’s 50-50, even-stevens now,” said Dravid after India could finish with only 67 runs in front after promising much more on the second day on Saturday.
“We would like to chase as few a runs as feasible. We got to bowl in right areas and restrict them as low as possible. Irrespective of what the number is, we should look to win this Test,” he said.
Dravid said he had to face some critical moments during his 117-run knock when right wrist was hit while he was on 30 by a short delivery.
“That hurt the right wrist, it spasmed for 5-6 overs. It was bit of a tricky period and for sometime I did not have much feeling in my right hand.
“Once we got through to lunch, it eased out. It is still paining but not much. Towards the end, I was cramping up as it was a hot day and I was on field for long time,” he revealed.
Dravid cracked his 34th Test century and brought him on par with Sunil Gavaskar’s three-figure numbers during his distinguished career.
“I wouldn’t like to compare myself with Mr Gavaskar who is a legend of the game. I grew up as a kid trying to be either Mr Gavaskar or Vishwanath in my backyard. To know equal something he has done is fantastic,” said the 38-year-old.
Dravid opened the innings due to injury to Gautam Gambhir and it was the third time from 20 innings when he has managed to score a century. Opening the innings, the batting legend conceded, is still not quite he likes doing in Tests.