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Sachin has been a great inspiration, says Rahul Dravid

London: Indian batsman Rahul Dravid has insisted that he has no problems with the focus being on Sachin Tendulkar after ensuring India avoided the follow-on in the first Test against England at Lord`s with a typically well-made hundred.

"The talk is always about Sachin and rightly so. He is a true legend of the game. To be on 99 hundreds ... it was set up for him. He was batting well today so I think there is a big knock from him in the second innings coming up hopefully for us. In some ways it suits me, he gets the pressure a lot on him all the time and I can slip by quietly and do my job and get on with business," said Dravid.

England who made 474 for eight declared their first innings and five without loss at the close of the third day, have a dominant overall lead of 193 over India.

No other Indian batsman exceeded 50 as Dravid, alternating careful defence with wristy elegance, took India to 286 all out with his 33rd Test century and his first at Lord`s.

"Not really luckily, in some ways that 274 was actually quite a good thing for me to have in some ways because you know I was thinking about 274 all the time so I crept upon a 100 without thinking so much about my own score and sort of crept of on 274 and after that I thought about the 100," said Dravid.

Tendulkar, one century short of a record 100 international hundreds, was the centre of attention with a packed crowd willing him to succeed in the 2,000th Test and the 100th between the two countries.

After reaching 34 in a third-wicket partnership of 81 with Dravid, Tendulkar played a tentative prod at a revitalised Stuart Broad and was caught in the slips.

Broad, who retained his place in the final XI ahead of Tim Bresnan after an unsuccessful series against Sri Lanka when he pitched too short too often bowled with pace and skill but little luck to finish with four for 37 from 22 overs.

"When you get any man out of that side like Ponting, Kallis (Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis) people are there, you know they are such strong leaders of a batting unit so it is important to get them out. Of course, it was lovely to get Sachin, and I say the same about any leader of any batting line up," said Broad.

Bureau Report

From Zee News

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