KL Rahul gave the Indian team management a timely reminder with a sublime first-class century against Select County XI on the opening day of the warm-up match on Tuesday.
The Indian team, without its regular captain, Virat Kohli (back niggle) and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (thigh muscle injury), finished the day at 306 for 9 despite early heel, thanks to Rahul’s 101 off 150 balls after which he was ‘retired’. .
His innings had 11 fours and a six.
Ravindra Jadeja (75 off 146 balls) also played his part to perfection during the fifth wicket match with 127 runs with Rahul after the top order could not make the most of the right playing time.
Upcoming captain Rohit Sharma (9), his likely starting partner in Nottingham, Mayank Agarwal (28), veteran Cheteshwar Pujara (21) and Hanuma Vihari (24) did not spend enough time on the crease in the designated first class. games.
Under the quartet, Agarwal looked fluent when he crushed his teammate Avesh Khan, who represents the ‘home team’ for a number of boundaries, before pacemaker Lyndon James threw him.
Pujara played his own game, but just after spending nearly 50 minutes, goalkeeper James Rew beautifully knocked him off spinner Jack Carson’s bowling.
Vihari’s impatience with the post-lunch session cost him dearly because he was unable to clear left-hander Liam Patterson-White.
But before that, he saw to it that his rasping drive caused Avesh an alleged dislocation of his left thumb. The other ‘County XI’ player, Washington Sundar, did not once surrender to bowl.
The day, however, belonged to Rahul, who sent the opposition bowlers to all parts of the field on their way to his 15th first-class century.
Initially, he played a lot of shots from the wicket – there were square cuts from Avesh, James cut backwards using the pace of their deliveries, while the ramp to midfield after a delivery from Craig Miles was a surprise . to watch.
When spinners were in operation, the orthodox Patterson-White was beaten on the left for a six that hovered over the center post and went off the Chester-Le Street ground.
He went into the 90s by stepping out and elevating spinner Carson to the long line. A Patterson-White paw towards the center of the wicket hit him hundreds.
The century certainly does not secure a ticket to play XI for Nottingham, but Rahul has done enough to keep Pujara and Rahane on the tents as both will play to save their Test careers during the upcoming series.
Jadeja played the second violin, but did not give up the loose deliveries, and struck five fours and a six before Miles dismissed him.
Pacer Miles was the most successful bowler for County XI with three wickets, while teammates James and Patterson-White each got a pair of scalps.
Short scores: India 306 for 9 (KL Rahul retired 101, Ravindra Jadeja 75, Mayank Agarwal 28, Hanuma Vihari 24, Cheteshwar Pujara 21, Rohit Sharma 9, Craig Miles 3 for 42, Lyndon James 2/32) against County XI.