Butt terms ton as

Published: Sunday, November 14, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Pakistan's new opening batting sensation Salman Butt described his maiden match-winning ODI century against archrivals India at the historic Eden Gardens on Saturday night as a "gift from God".

Talking to reporters here, the 20-yrear-old right-hander said the knock couldn't have come at a better time.

"I am elated with my effort. I just couldn't have asked for anything else. I'm happy I was able to contribute to my team's cause in a big way," he said.

The opener who was forced to retire hurt midway with cramps but returning to author a superb an unbeaten 108, which literally took the match away from the Indians, revealed that his physio was upset with him for not having ate anything.

"The physio was cross with me because I didn't eat anything so I said I would not do that again," he said.

He said that the senior members of the side asked him to bat right through. "All my seniors told me to bat through and concentrate hard. That's what I precisely did," he added.

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