"There is no better feeling than the tiredness you feel after you have made a Test match hundred, that is the greatest tiredness in the world. I am sure he is tired, but he is also over the moon," Rahul Dravid said of Gautam Gambhir's marathon seven-hour unbeaten century.
Dravid, who knows a thing or two about grinding out the opposition, spoke of India's approach in their bid to save this Test. "It was a mentally demanding day. New Zealand came out and bowled well in the first session," Dravid said.
"They knew they had a sniff and had their tails up. They really challenged Gautam and me. Hats off to Gautam for being there till the end of the day. He showed at lot of character. A Test innings like this will go a long way in a young career. He will learn a lot from a day like this in Test cricket. This will give him a lot of confidence that he can read a situation and play differently."
Dravid conceded that this Indian team had not found itself in such a situation in the recent past.
"We found ourselves with our backs to the wall and we needed some character, some fight. We showed that and that was good from our point of view.
“It was pretty disappointing the way we played the first three days. We spoke about the need for a big performance over the last two days, and we have got half the job done."
Comparing this half-century to the two others he has notched up in this series, Dravid said, "This was a bit different, it was the second innings and you are trying to save a Test. You need to really grind, you know what your role is and you know what to do upfront. The other two were first innings efforts. It has been satisfying. I have had some good scores and some good partnerships that has given the team a decent base."
Understandably, Dravid was not keen on being drawn into criticising the umpiring decision that cut short his innings.
"At that instant you do get disappointed. But when you have a cold shower and sit down to ponder about it, you will get a better perspective," he said.
"Sometimes things go your way, sometimes they don't. It is the rub of the green, that's the way I have generally approached it in my career."