I wanted to stay till the end: Rahane

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 05, 2013 13:40 hrs

After his match-winning 56-ball 70, Rajasthan Royals opener Ajinkya Rahane said that familiarity with the wicket and sticking to a well-thought plan helped him to play the crucial innings which led his team post a respectable total.     

"I knew the wicket and the plan was to just see off the new ball and then kick on from there. It is very crucial in a T20 game. I was looking to be positive but when wickets fell, I just wanted to stay there till the end. My role is to be positive and stay there for as long as possible," said Rahane.

Man-of-the-match Pravi Tambe thanked skipper Rahul Dravid. "I want to thank Rahul bhai and my coaches for believing in me. I don't know why they are not picking me. I just stick to my basics and bowl as well as I can," said Tamba who scalped three crucial wickets.  

Skipper Rahul Dravid was proud of his team's performance. "There is one more game to go and I express pride in the way this side fought back. "We were 15-20 short but their bowling and fielding was just fantastic. What we have here is something special, we've got a great unit together." 

He lauded Tambe's experience, "he's been bowling in club cricket for decades and he's very willing to learn. He always talks with Hodge and Watson about what pace to bowl, how to counter when a batsman is going after him. There were a few raised eyebrows when we selected him, but he has the mental strength to come true." 

"I love playing here at Jaipur and its probably my last game here and its been such a fun time and I've got so much support from the crowd here. I haven't talked to Hodge yet, but touch on wood he comes through because we only have four foreign players in the squad," said Dravid.   

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