One of the best tons of my career: Dravid

Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011, 9:30 [IST]
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One of the best tons of my career:Dravid

London, July 24: Riddled with self-doubt last year, senior Indian batsman Rahul Dravid said the unbeaten hundred against England in the ongoing first cricket Test here has come as one of the most "satisfying and fulfilling" moments of his career.

Dravid conceded that he doubted himself after he had a dismal series in South Africa last year.

"When runs don''t come you do doubt yourself. It''s natural occupational (hazard) for sportspersons," stated Dravid whose typically back-to-wall unbeaten 103 -- his 33rd Test ton -- helped India India avert the follow-on yesterday.

Dravid made 120 runs from six innings of three Tests at 20 apiece in South Africa last year but is now back to his best with two centuries in one month -- 116 in Jamaica last month and at Lord''s yesterday.

"I think this one is one of my best ever. Jamaica was special because we won the Test and it was not easy wicket to bat on. And now this one, given the context of the game and conditions, has been most satisfying and fulfilling," he said.

"I always love touring England. You just look at this Test, the packed stands, Test cricket is still supported here and as a Test player who loves Test cricket, there is no better place. They support and clap irrespective of who takes wickets or makes runs. It''s a lovely tour to play because you know you will be playing in front of packed houses."

Dravid missed out on a century in his maiden innings in Test cricket at this very venue in 1996 but made up for it 15 years on.


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