Indian opener KL Rahul showed his remarkable class against a top-quality English bowling attack on day 2 of the running first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The Karanataka stalwart played a Test after two years, but it seemed like he never left the red ball game.
With the resumption of the day at 21/0, Rahul formed a crucial partnership with his partner Rohit Sharma. The pair added 97 runs for the first wicket before Ollie Robinson delivered the first breakthrough by sacking Rohit.
However, Rahul scored runs and reached a much-needed half-century in the second session. Although India experienced a terrible collapse during the afternoon, James Anderson shifted the momentum in favor of the hosts.
The ‘Burnley Express’ picked two wickets in consecutive deliveries to give the Indian fans a complete shock. Anderson removes both Cheteshwar Pujara (4) and Indian captain Virat Kohli (0) to send shock waves to the visiting camp. As if that’s not enough, Ajinkya Rahane (5) experienced an unfortunate run-off to further deteriorate India’s batting unit.
Rain washes down the entire third session as India finished second on 125/4 with Rahul (57 no) and Rishabh pants (7 no) at the fold.
With Kohli’s wicket, Anderson equaled the score of the Indian legend Anil Kumble, who took 619 wickets in the longest format. Anderson is now just a scalp to surpass Kumble and become the third highest wicketkeeper in red ball cricket, just behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Shane Warne (708).
Here’s how Twitter responded:
Beautiful turn from KL Rahul. Hopefully this will cause the number of scores we know he can work with.
– Harsha Bhogle (hobhogleharsha) 5 August 2021
-Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) 5 August 2021
Asked Ashish Nehra just before the series about India’s first partner. I also mentioned the names of Pujara and Vihari, and the first answer he got was, “Why not KL Rahul?”#ENGvIND
– Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) 5 August 2021
India’s numbers 3,4 and 5 since Jan 2020 together averaged 27.7 – only West India (27.5) has a lower figure. https://t.co/2jiU9h1mhd
From 2015-2019, India’s 3-4-5 averaged 49.7 — the best by any Test team. https://t.co/a7xH1Qx4nK #ENGvIND
– Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) 5 August 2021
Kohli v Anderson in Test cricket:
First 111 balls: 30 runs, 5 wickets
Next 454 balls, 206 runs, no wickets
Today 1 ball, 1 wicket.
– Andrew Samson (@AWSStats) 5 August 2021
Cricket in your seat today, but frustrating rain delays mean game is left for the day ☔️
– England Cricket (@englandcricket) 5 August 2021
The game was stopped in Nottingham 😞🌧️ # TeamIndia ends day 2️⃣ at 125/4, with 58 runs behind. KL Rahul (57 *) and Pant (7 *) will be in the middle again tomorrow.#EenFamilie # MumbaiIndians #ENGvIND @BCCI pic.twitter.com/Aib4WY6ZC6
– Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 5 August 2021
The game was stopped for the day on Trent Bridge ☔
– ICC (@ICC) 5 August 2021
KL Rahul’s state of mind on the point: pic.twitter.com/2zVQO0x5HG
– Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) 5 August 2021
Fifty for KL Rahul in his return to Test cricket after 2 years, well played, KL Rahul. #ENGvIND
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 5 August 2021