'A really special' century, says Gambhir

Published: Saturday, December 20, 2008, 9:53 [IST]
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This is a special century: Gambhir

Mohali: Opener Gautam Gambhir, who remained unbeaten on 106 at the end of the opening day's play in the second Test against England here, described his century a ''special'' one considering the circumstances.

''This is a special century because the ball was doing quite a bit in the morning and we were six for one at that stage,'' Gambhir said.

The southpaw curbed his natural game and joined hands with former Indian captain Rahul Dravid to steady the ship after Sehwag's early exit.

''It was special because England came hard on us. Trailing the series 1-0, they had nothing to lose here. The century today is crucial because of the conditions,'' he said.

''After we won the Chennai Test, their morale was really low, especially coming after their 5-0 defeat in the ODI series. We knew they would come hard against us here because its there last chance to level the series. But I think we have done a good job and need to capitalise on it tomorrow,'' he added

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