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India vs West Indies 2019: Ajinkya Rahane dedicates hundred to the people who backed him during tough times

Ajinkya Rahane's century helped India thrash West Indies in the first Test of India's ICC World Test Championship campaign
India vs West Indies 2019: Ajinkya Rahane dedicates hundred to the people who backed him during tough timesIndia vs West Indies 2019: Ajinkya Rahane dedicates hundred to the people who backed him during tough times
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Team India's vice-captain finally found some form and played a match-defining knock against West Indies in the first Test at North Sound, Antigua. He dedicated his performance to the people who have stood by him during the past two years when he went through a rough patch. His scores of 81 and 102 in the first Test also earned him the 'Man of the Match' award. This was Rahane's 10th Test century, his first in two years and after 17 Tests.

"This hundred was special. My time with Hampshire really helped me. I dedicate this hundred to the people who backed me, supported me when I was going through a rough patch," Rahane said at the post-match presentation.

"It feels special. Getting this hundred after 29 or 30 innings. I've been getting 70s, but getting a 100 means a lot to me."

He also felt that his 81 run knock in the first innings was as crucial as his hundred in the second. "The first innings was crucial after 20 for 3. We needed a partnership, and the partnership between Rahul and me was crucial. I think first day the wicket was damp. West Indies bowled really well in that session. But it was important to play as many balls as possible without thinking about runs."

"We wanted to bat 90-100 overs in the first innings knowing runs would come. In the second innings, me and Virat wanted to get a good partnership. We wanted to just bat, bat and bat."

After a winning start to the ICC World Test Championship, India will play the second game at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica on 30th August.

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