On Thursday, Indian opener KL Rahul entered his name Here’s Honors board with a sublime century on the floor.
KL Rahul achieves his sixth Test, and fourth outside Asia – one enters In the and another in Sri Lanka – he includes Virender Sehwag in second place for most Test hundreds of times for an Indian as an opener outside the Asian continent. Legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar comfortably sits at the top of the list with 15 such hundreds – an opener outside Asia – to his name.
The Karnataka batsman reached his first Test pitch in 2015 in Sydney; his second in Colombo the same year. Next year, KL Rahul continued his brilliant form to achieve some more three-digit scores in Kingston and Chennai. Between 2017 and 2021, he scored a lone Test century — against England at Oval in 2018 — while his form sank in red ball cricket and was also dropped.
KL Rahul announces his return in Test eleven with an unforgettable century:
The reluctance to play any attacking shot in the first half of his innings at Lord’s was the most remarkable aspect of KL Rahul’s beating on Thursday. After first being introduced by Joe Root under cloudy conditions, this is the template KL Rahul, and to some extent Rohit Sharma has successfully applied.
Rahul, who came into the first Test after some impressive outings, struck his first attacking shot on the first ball of the 41st over – a downward six over bowler Moeen Ali’s head. Until then, he had refrained from following one of England’s four pacers, especially against James Anderson and Ollie Robinson.
He left a large percentage of balls out of the stump or blocked those he had to play throughout his innings. Strikingly, he looked much more assured and decisive for deliveries to and outside the channel than on the 2018 tour.
Place the six of Ali, the right hand, his handcuffs further. He unleashed a series of rides and cuts on the outside and down the pads, shooting up his fantastic century of 212nd delivery and remaining unbeaten at 127 at the end of the day.