Sydney:After his third successive Test century at the Sydney Cricket Ground, VVS Laxman on Thursday said he had a special relationship with the venue which helped him produce his best on the famous turf.
"Obviously, you feel good about a venue where you have done well. There is a familiarity with the conditions and my case is no different," Laxman said after his 109 in India's first innings made it three-in-a-row at the SCG.
Laxman's affair with the SCG has now lasted eight years after he scored 167 for a losing cause in 1999-2000, 178 in a drawn match in 2003-2004 and Thursday's knock which revived Indian batting on this tour.
He put on 175 runs for the second wicket with Rahul Dravid (53) after India lost Wasim Jaffer with only eight on the board.
"Rahul showed a lot of character. He wasn't timing the ball but he stayed around. They bowled well to him, in good areas but he kept fighting.
"It wasn't as much important as what we were doing individually in the middle. It was more important though what we could raise together."
However, the elegant Hyderabadi was disappointed that both of them got out in quick succession.
"I was disappointed that we got out so close to each other. I would have been happy to have retired not out today and padded up tomorrow morning."
Laxman gave credit to left-arm chinaman bowler Brad Hogg, who claimed his prized scalp.
"I was deceived in the flight. It wasn't as if there was a lapse of concentration. It was a misjudgement on the line and length of the delivery."