The first batsman to notch up a hundred in what has been a particularly low-scoring Test series against South Africa, India’s Ajinkya Rahane said the key to his success was keeping a blank mind and playing one ball at a time. “When I was batting, I just wanted to stay blank and play one ball at a time. I wanted to build partnerships with the other batsmen. It feels really special that I batted with Ravichandran Ashwin while getting my hundred,” Rahane, who scored a superb 127, told mediapersons at the end of the day, reports PTI. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test at Delhi

“In the first two Test matches, I was looking to play shots initially and that’s why I got out. I knew I was batting well. I spoke to Sanjay Bangar and Ravi bhai [Ravi Shastri] and they said ‘You have just got to take your time initially, play one ball at a time. If you are 25 to 30, your instincts will take over’,” reported PTI. Ajinkya Rahane attributes hundred to approach of taking one ball at a time

The stylish batsman said there was nothing wrong with his technique but he was playing too many shots too early. “There was nothing wrong technically or mentally. I was just playing shots close to my body. I was slightly hurrying as I was trying to play my shots straightaway. Here I just wanted to take my own time and play as close to my body as possible, wait for loose balls. Patience was key over here,” reported PTI again.