If you are a batsman from Bengaluru and aiming to play the highest level of cricket, it is unlikely that you are not a Rahul Dravid fan. Kaunain Abbas, who struck the first century of the Toyota University Cricket Championship at the Chinnaswamy on Sunday night, is indeed a Dravid fan.
The 6 feet 3 inch Abbas was in merciless form as his undefeated 65-ball 128 helped Southern Champs Jain University pile on a mammoth 198 for 3 against Eastern Eagles VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur. Abbas struck his first 50 off 34 balls (eight boundaries) and then accelerated more to punish the Eagles bowling. His second 50 came off just 24 balls and included five massive sixes. It was just lusty hitting.
Was he inspired Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s power-packed double hundred in the Chennai Test against the Australians on Sunday?
"Well it is impossible to hit big strokes like Dhoni in a Test match, but I am more of a Rahul Dravid fan. He is my hero although I don’t quite bat like him,” Abbas said in a chat.
Abbas said when he went out to bat against Jaunpur, he didn't know what to expect. "We had never played them so I was a little careful. I told myself that if I could bat till the end, I would get a century," the Jain captain revealed.
The gangling Bengaluru boy is expected to be one of the heroes in the TUCC. "I back my abilities and I hope to do well," Abbas said.
Story first published on: Monday, 25 February 2013 00:06 IST