KL Rahul returned to the Indian Test squad for the first time since 2018. And while he marked his return in Test cricket batting as an opener, he left the critics stunned with his sheer brilliance with the bat when he smashed a phenomenal 84 runs in the first Test. He went on to prove in the second Test of the ongoing five-match Test series between India and England why he is one of the finest batsmen India has produced. He smashed a swashbuckling 129 runs in the first innings of the second Test at Lord’s before departing on Day 2 off of Ollie Robinson’s delivery.
KL Rahul became the first Indian opener to score a century at Lord’s in the last 31 years. It was also the sixth century of his Test career. His splendid performance earned him a place in the Honors Board at Lord’s.
Impressed by his class, Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar took the opportunity to heap praises for the much-deserving Indian opener. Gavaskar took to Instagram and acknowledged his praise-worthy performance on the Lord’s turf.
“Rahul was very watchful as there was a lot of movement. Superb innings from KL. A typical opener’s innings. He was very watchful, to begin with, because there was enough movement in the air and off the surface for the England bowlers.”
“Luck sometimes plays such an important part. If Mayank Agarwal hadn’t got injured, Rahul would not have played in the first couple of Test matches.”
Gavaskar opined that the player has established himself as a fine opener for the team and expects him to hold the position for a long time.
“Now, KL Rahul has once again established himself as an India opener and he should make sure that it’s for a long time,” Gavaskar concluded.
On the first day of the second Test, the India openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul stitched a clinical partnership of 126 runs to give a strong start to the team. Sharma played a knock of 83 runs while Rahul added another 127 runs to help the team set a total of 276 runs.
Cheteshwar Pujara (9) continued to struggle to find his form, while captain Virat Kohli added 42 runs for the team’s cause.
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