‘I always put a price on my wicket... even after a 200’
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On his ability to score big
* I've done the same thing in domestic cricket. I never like to get out. There's always a price on my wicket. Even after scoring a double-hundred I never wanted to give away my wicket. That's the reason why I'm able to score big runs.
On the nature of the pitch
* There is nothing wrong with the wicket. We've got three wickets, the ball is turning. We have utilized the conditions better than them. There's a difference between domestic and international cricket. You don't get loose balls that easily. You have to work hard for your runs.
On his motivation
* I got out on 87 in the practice game. If I had ended up scoring a hundred I wouldn't have had the same motivation to make 100 and then 200 in this game. I was comfortable facing all the bowlers. Initially my concern was Graeme Swann because I hadn't faced him before. But after I faced a couple of overs against him I felt that I could manage.
On making No.3 his own
* I'm not really worried about my future. I just want to focus on each and every game. If I continue to score like this then I have a bright future. I don't want to take anything for granted. I just wanted to continue the good form I had in the New Zealand series. I'm happy I've got a decent start in this series as well.
On Fletcher's influence
* Duncan keeps things very simple. He has very good knowledge of the game and he doesn't interfere much with my technique. But there were a few minor points he told me before this match and I think it helped me a bit.
On pressure to perform
* There was no pressure. I did well in the NZ series. I got a lot of confidence from there. I just wanted to be natural. I always believe in preparation and my preparation was upto the mark before this series.
On scoring abroad
* Once you get big scores in home conditions you get a lot of confidence. With the A team I've toured abroad and been successful in tours of UK and Australia. I would love to go abroad and repeat these performances over there.
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