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.