Bangladesh v India, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 1st day December 17, 2004

'It's good company to be in' - Dravid



Rahul Dravid joined an illustrious group with his century © AFP

Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir both racked up solid centuries on a flat wicket on the first day of the second Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong. Naturally, Gambhir was excited about his maiden century, while Dravid was understated, when the two spoke to the press at the end of the day.

Dravid

On getting a century It's nice to get a hundred, the wicket was very good. It was really flat once you got set. It was really a question of batting till you made a mistake.

On the Bangladesh bowling I thought they bowled well initially. There wasn't much in the wicket for the bowlers. I think they tried hard throughout the day. They put in a lot of effort. It was a first day wicket, we batted well and made good use of the conditions.

On how much longer he hoped to bat We'll have to see how we go tomorrow. We have got to get them out two times, so we have to assess the game session by session.

On batting with Gambhir He is a positive player and he played really well. Runs were coming at a fairly decent clip. So it gave me an opportunity to settle in and bat the way I generally I tend to bat. I could set my stall out and try and bat the whole day. It's good to see him score his first hundred, I'm really happy for him and I hope it is the first of many.

On whether the Indians were worried about bowling Bangladesh out twice on a flat track We have four quality bowlers who are bowling well at the moment. If we have a big score on board, whatever kind of wicket you are playing on, and keep the opposition on the field for over five sessions, you are going to have them in trouble. It takes a lot to come back after you have been on the field for five sessions. It might start turning later on, there are some cracks and it might get interesting for Harbhajan and Anil.

On scoring a Test hundred against every Test nation, and in every Test nation It's nice to score a hundred against every Test-playing nation. It's good company to be in. Steve Waugh, Gary Kirsten, Sachin Tendulkar - elite and respected company. It's nice to have completed the set. To have got a hundred in every Test-playing country is important. It's not what you play for but when these things do come along you sit back and fell quite happy about it. I'm sure people have done it before but a lot of great players in the past would not have played [Bangladesh]. You can only look at it from the time in the era in which people played; a lot of people didn't play Bangladesh or Zimbabwe and some great players didn't even tour South Africa. You can only look at it based on the number of tours people could make at that time. Having said, that from my point of view, I had to score a hundred here to complete the set. I've always been very aware of my overseas record; as a young kid I've been brought up to believe when you score runs abroad that is the real test. I've been very conscious of that throughout my career.

Gambhir

On reaching three figures for the first time in Tests Honestly I am very, very happy. Obviously, it is a dream to get a first hundred.

On being run out in the last Test It was part of the game. I was more determined (here) actually because it is a good wicket to bat on. I wanted to see off the new ball. The whole team motivated me actually. Rahul helped me a lot. They gave me a lot of confidence and I am thankful to them.

On whether he was nervous in the 90s I was still nervous because it was my first Test hundred. Thank God that I got my first hundred.

Anand Vasu is assistant editor of Cricinfo.

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