Tendulkar helped in overcoming nervousness: Raina

Colombo: After notching up a century on his debut, Suresh Raina said he was nervous when he took guard but Sachin Tendukar`s pep talk helped him overcome the initial jitters.

Raina with his 120-run knock against Sri Lanka also became the first Indian cricketer to have scored a hundred in all formats of the game.

"Yes I was nervous when I came to bat but Sachin said `just enjoy yourself, this moment will never come, you are playing your first Test match, just enjoy," Raina said after fourth day`s play.

With Tendulkar, Raina raised a record 256-run partnership for the fifth wicket and said he realised a long time dream by batting alongside the legend.

"By God`s grace I got this opportunity and it was my dream to bat with Sachin and today it came true. He said `you are winning matches for the side in one-dayers, do well in Test also and enjoy`," he said.

Raina came in the side in place of unwell Yuvraj Singh and made full use of the opportunity.


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