Kolkata:After scoring a magnificent, unbeaten 192 on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan, Wasim Jaffer said here on Friday that it was important for him to have a long innings, as he had not been getting big scores in the Ranji Trophy.
"It was important for me to score runs here as I was not getting big runs in the Ranji Trophy," Jaffer told reporters after scoring his fifth Test century that helped India to 352 for three on the opening day at the Eden Gardens.
He also said that he would try to complete a double century on Saturday, the second day of the match. If he does that, it would be his second in his 24th Test.
"I am very happy to have played a big knock against Pakistan. I would try to complete my double century tomorrow," said the opening batsman from Mumbai.
Jaffer, watched by wife Ayesha, faced 255 balls and smashed 32 boundaries in a classical batting display.
Talking about the knock, Jaffer said that after getting to 60 he started looking at a three-figure mark. "After reaching 60, I was really focussed," he said.
He admitted that the Pakistani bowling did not carry as much sting as it had in the Delhi Test that India won by six wickets to take a 1-0 in the three-match series.
"The Pakistani attack was not much different from the Delhi Test," he said.
Pakistan missed an ailing Umar Gul, who is now being sent back home, while pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar was also not at his peak fitness as he had chest infection.
Left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir looked completely ineffective, and Jaffer smashed him for 18 boundaries.
About the overall match situation, Jaffer said that India would like to post a huge first-innings total so that they don't have to bat a second time in the five-day match.