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Apr 07, 2012 at 08:18pm IST

IPL 5: Rahane satisfied despite missing

Jaipur: Promising India batsman Ajinkya Rahane was disappointed to miss out on a hundred by a whisker, but said his match-winning 98-run knock - which helped Rajasthan Royals notch up a 31-run victory over Kings XI Punjab in IPL 5 on Friday - was very satisfying. Rahane rated the 66-ball innings as one of his best and also praised new skipper Rahul Dravid, whom he considers his role model.

"Yes, I am bit disappointed for missing a hundred but a match-winning 98 is also satisfying. I don't rate it as my best knock but certainly it is one of the best. My 61 against England was also [an] equally good innings," Rahane said after the match on Friday night.

"Regarding the wicket, the ball was coming nicely on to the bat and stroke-making was easy. Skipper Rahul Dravid was a source of inspiration. It is proud moment for me to bat with him as he has been my idol," said Rahane.

IPL 5: Rahane satisfied despite missing ton

"I don't rate it as my best knock but certainly it is one of the best," said Rahane of his 66-ball 98 against KXIP.

Rahane said Dravid and he didn't have any particular plan and just looked to stitch together a long opening partnership when they came together at the crease. "There was no defined role for us and I was striking the ball well, so he was giving me more of the strike and I too would have done so had I been not in good touch," he said. "Our plan was to put up a good opening partnership and [we] had decided to bat on at least till the first powerplay. We were not having any particular plan but thinking of just one ball at a time."

"Dravid kept on motivating me from the other end. We have a good understanding and he prompted me to play [the] full 20 overs," said Rahane, who has been among the most successful batsmen in domestic cricket.

Asked how far this knock would help him to earn a place in the Indian team, Rahane said: "IPL is a big platform and performance in it is closely watched in other countries too. I want to give my 100 percent in every match. Jaipur has been lucky for me and I had made a few good scores here, including a ton in the Irani Trophy. I wish to be more consistent and play long innings."

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