Mumbai: Ajinkya Rahane's maiden Test century in the ongoing second Test against New Zealand is a crucial milestone in his fledgling Test career, feels his former coach Pravin Amre. (Rahane thanks Dravid, Sachin after maiden Test ton)
Amre is of the view that this maiden Test ton would act as the stepping stone and cement the youngster's Test spot after he has had a chequered beginning.
"He had to wait for 16 Tests (as a reserve) for his first Test appearance (against Australia at Delhi last year when he fell for 7 after a poor shot). He was then dropped and it was a difficult phase in his career," said Amre, who has guided Rahane since he was 17. (Rahane hits maiden Test ton)