Jaffer acknowledges support of Dravid, Sehwag

Published: Saturday, June 17, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St. John's:Feeling on top of the world after his maiden double ton against the West Indies, Wasim Jaffer can't stop thanking his team mates and after Virender Sehwag, it was captain Rahul Dravid's turn to be lauded by the opener.

''Watching Rahul bat from other end is great learning experience.

When I was in the 130s, he came up to me and said that I should get 200. He said it's a great chance for me and not many people get that opportunity in their entire life which I had neared in my short career,'' said a grateful Jaffer, who went on to score 212 that put India in control of the match.

With his skipper, Jaffar raised a 203-run partnership.

Earlier, after reaching his century on day three, Jaffar also thanked Dravid's deputy Virender Sehwag for a piece of advice that stood him in good stead.

Jaffer was being beaten while going for his shots early in his innings.

''Sehwag walked up to me and said that if the ball was above stumps height then I could as well leave it alone. That worked for me,'' Jaffer said.

The Mumbai batsman was elated after notching up a double ton at a venue where he had fallen 14 runs short of a century four years ago and he attributes the success to the lessons he learnt from the past.

''I needed to bat well today and it's nice to get a double hundred here. Last time I was not that mature and I got out in the eighties here. But after getting dropped from the side, I learnt a lot. And I didn't play many shots early on,'' said Jaffer.

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