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Dravid: Lord's ton is "special" Published: 23 July 2011

After scoring his 33rd Test century at Lord's India batsman Rahul Dravid said there "can be no better place to play".

Dravid scored an excellent, unbeaten century on day three at Lord's to rescue his side as England pressed for victory.

Back in 1996 a then 23-year-old Dravid made his Test debut here, scoring 95, a fact he admitted had played on his mind:

"To miss out on a hundred here, in my first Test match fifteen years ago it did stay with me a little bit.

"It's not that if I hadn't got this hundred here it would have been the end of the world - there are lots of grounds where that happens. But it's nice to do it here - it was in the back of my mind.

"For it to come in a situation like this is good. It is special to be on that Honours Board, it is one of the most talked about Honours Boards by players across the world so it's nice to be on it. It does feel good."

"Backs to the wall"

Now 38, Dravid said the focus being on team-mate Sachin Tendulkar's quest for a 100th international century had helped him, though he added that India are in a tough position:

"The talk is always about Sachin - rightly so, he's a legend of the game. He was batting well today so I think there's a big knock coming for him in the second innings.

"But it does suit me that the pressure's on him and I can slip by quietly and do my job.

"We have our backs to the wall, no doubt about it. It's going to be a challenge to fight back from this position."

'Terrific support'

The right-hander, who hit 15 boundary fours in his 220-ball 103* had a special word for the Lord's crowd too:

"I love coming to play in England. Just look at this place today, it was packed. This is a place where Test cricket is terrificly supported.

"As a player who loves Test cricket there can be no better place to play in front of a packed house of people who appreciate they game.

"They support everyone and they clap irrespective of who hits a four or who takes a wicket they always clap.

"You know when you come here you'll play in front of a full-house and be well supported."


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