|Event:||Sri Lanka in India 2009/10|
DateLine: 16th November 2009
Rahul Dravid described his elegant unbeaten knock of 177 as one of his most fluent efforts in recent times.
"It's one of my most fluent efforts in the last two-three years. My feet were moving well and I felt I was in control," said the 36-year-old Bangalore stalwart after returning unbeaten to the dressing room.
Dravid said when the team stuttered after losing four quick wickets, the rout for 76 against South Africa in April 2008 was at the back of his mind when he started his repair work in the company of Yuvraj Singh (68).
"When we were 32 for four, the collapse for 76 against South Africa was at the back of our minds. But we knew it was just a question of having some partnerships going, hang in there till lunch and that's what we did," he said.
"The partnership with Yuvraj steadied the innings in the first session, we consolidated in the second and then with Mahi (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) the partnership set it up. Both are attacking players and we knew if they can bat for 150-160 balls then 100 runs would be scored," Dravid said.
Dravid first put the innings on an even keel with a stand of 125 with Yuvraj for the fifth wicket and then increased the tempo with a belligerent partnership of 224 in 306 balls with skipper Dhoni (110) who too notched up a hundred.