New Delhi: Ajit Agarkar's bat-like ears project laterally into the winter air, rendering him quite recognizable even with his back to us.
The Mumbai skipper brought his team back into the second Ranji Trophy semi-final against Services with a battling century, his fourth in First Class cricket, as the heavy favourites took control on the second day.
Agarkar stroked several boundaries in his century, but said later that his most memorable shot was the single that fetched him the landmark.
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"I enjoyed the run I took off Avishek Sinha. It's not often that I get a hundred. The pitch did not change much. It just looks that way when a partnership is going on. Even yesterday it wasn't all that hard to bat. Maybe if the top order had put a price on their wickets we could have done better," he said.
On the young Aditya Tare, with whom he compiled a 211-run stand for the seventh wicket, Agarkar said, "He adapted his game pretty well according to the circumstances. He is a aggressive batsman who likes to go for his shots, but he adjusted his game to the pitch and ground it out, to his credit."
Asked if he had enjoyed out-scoring Sachin Tendulkar (56 on the first day), the 35-year-old said he'd rather watch the maestro batting. Agarkar also had a word of praise for Services' indefatigable attitude.
"Services were good in the field. Their pacers were disciplined but after a long day in the field, they appear jaded. We'll first go for the first innings lead. I will not take anything for granted right now."