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Rahane’s 103 stuff of legend: Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev

London:Sau saal tak log baat karenge... (Ajinkya) Rahane’s hundred is that good,” Kapil Dev told The Telegraph, at Lord’s, on Friday, the day after the Mumbaikar’s 103 on a seaming greentop.

“You’re calling it high praise, but every bit of it has been well deserved... To get a hundred in such unfamiliar conditions makes it very special. The stuff of legend,” Kapil added.

According to Kapil, batsmen from the subcontinent usually get psyched out on seeing so much green on a wicket, but Rahane was unflustered.

“I haven’t met Rahane after his hundred, but when I do, I’ll say ‘shahbash, the next generation is ready’... Kamaal ki innings thi,” Kapil maintained.

In Kapil’s view, Rahane’s 103 will be talked about in the same vein as Sachin Tendulkar’s classic 114 at the Waca in Perth, 22 years ago.

“It wasn’t a greentop, but the wicket had so much bounce... Sachin was then only 19, yet batted so superbly. It was an innings of absolute class,” Kapil said.

That, incidentally, was Sachin’s third Test hundred. He got 48 more.

Rahane’s tally stands at two.