Trent Bridge, July 31: He might have equalled Sunil Gavaskar's tally of Test hundreds but senior Indian batsman Rahul Dravid does not want to be compared to his legendary compatriot.
Dravid cracked his 34th Test century in the ongoing second Test against England which brought him on par with Sunil Gavaskar's three-figure numbers during his distinguished career.
"I wouldn't like to compare myself with Mr Gavaskar who is a legend of the game. I grew up as a kid trying to be either Mr Gavaskar or Vishwanath in my backyard. To now equal something he has done is fantastic," said the 38-year-old.
Dravid opened the innings due to injury to Gautam Gambhir and it was the third time from 20 innings when he has managed to score a century. Opening the innings, he conceded, is still not quite what he likes doing in Tests.
"As a middle order batsman, all my routines have been set. The 10-minute changeover period when I have to change and comeback, I find myself rushed. I remember at Lord's, I had to keep wickets, run up and down and felt really rushed," Dravid said.
"I was determined to ensure I did not get that feeling. I went in bit taking more time. At number three, there is some breathing space even if it is a little bit," he said.
Talking about the evenly poised match, Dravid rued that India had let slipped the chance to take control for the second day in succession.
"We had them 124 for eight yesterday and today we were 267 for four and we collapsed. In a tight game, on a tough wicket in a low-scoring game, these things are important. It's 50-50, even-stevens now," said Dravid after India could finish with only 67 runs in front after promising much more on the second day.
"We would like to chase as few a runs as possible. We got to bowl in right areas and restrict them as low as possible.
Irrespective of what the number is, we should look to win this Test," he said.
Dravid said he had to face some critical moments during his 117-run knock when his right wrist was hit while he was on 30 by a short delivery.
"That hurt the right wrist, it spasmed for 5-6 overs. It was bit of a tricky period and for sometime I did not have much feeling in my right hand.
"Once we got through to lunch, it eased out. It is still paining but not much. Towards the end, I was cramping up as it was a hot day and I was on field for a long time," he revealed.
The right-handed batsman was out in an uncharacteristic manner when he threw his bat at a wide delivery from Tim Bresnan and was caught at third man.
"If Harbhajan was there, I would have played normally. I saw these guys (Broad and Swann) come in and (aggression) worked for them."