Mohali: Rahul Dravid who silenced his critics with a brilliant century on Saturday said that the century he scored against England here would rank among the most significant knocks of his career.
"It's a quite significant knock, considering the form I was in coming into the match. It's one of the most significant hundreds I scored and I now just hope we go on to win this match," a visibly relieved Dravid told reporters here.
Dravid snapped a long string of poor shows with a knock of 136 and the right-hander said he felt relieved to get a huge monkey off his back.
"I'm definitely relieved and it's nice to be contributing again. It has been a tough year for me, nothing has been easy. It's nice to make important contributions," said the former captain who ran into a bad patch soon after the home series against South Africa.
True to his nature, Dravid's was a muted celebration as he just raised the bat and shook hands with Gautam Gambhir. He didn't even take off the helmet.
Asked if that was to hide his emotion or to make any statement, Dravid said, "I didn't try to make any statements. I was definitely happy and relieved. I guess I'm a bit old and wise, I don't jump around even when I'm excited. It was a combination of both relief and joy."
Dravid also took the opportunity to thank people who didn't lose trust in his ability. "I was surprised that so many people wanted me to do well. I mean if there was any positive out of the phase, this was it."
"It's during this time that you realise that so many people want you to do well. Some of the people didn't need to do that but still they supported me. I felt as if so many people have gone through the journey with me," he said.
Looking back at his bad patch, Dravid said it was only natural that lack of runs would invite criticism.