'Hope Ajay Rohera goes on to play for India'

Madhya Pradesh batsman Ajay Rohera scored an unbeaten 267 on his first-class debut against Hyderabad on Saturday and broke Amol Muzumdar’s 1994 record.

Ajay Rohera celebrates after scoring his first century.   -  PTI

First things first, I would like to congratulate Ajay (Rohera). His innings is a culmination of a lot of hard work, and it also speaks a lot about the grit and determination of the youngster, who just stepped into the Ranji Trophy circuit.

To not give away and not be satisfied with a hundred on your debut, not be satisfied with a double hundred is a big thing. And he has just done that.

This just tells you that there is a lot of hunger in the youngster. I would also hope that he makes it big and eventually plays for India.

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It is a very happy feeling for me that someone from India has broken this record, which was with me for 24 years.

There is, however, a piece of advice. This game (against Hyderabad) is gone, and obviously the expectations will be high and people will keep an eye on you. It is a special achievement and it is important to be in the moment and enjoy it. Also, it is extremely necessary to focus on one game at a time.

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I am often asked that in our time there were no social media, lesser distraction. So, is it possible to stay away from all the attention and focus on the game?

I would say, it depends on the individual. If you choose to be away from everything, you can do it. It just depends on what choices you make. If you prefer to stay in the limelight, you can. But if you want to stay out of it and focus on the game, you can do it even today. It all depends on you, the individual.

Once again, I would like to wish him all the best. Records are meant to be broken and I am glad that the record stays in the country.

As told to Shayan Acharya