India opener KL Rahul shine with the bat on day 1 of the current second Test against England at Lords Cricket Ground in London. The 29-year-old cracked his sixth century in the longest format to get India to the top. He has impressive partnerships with Rohit Sharma a captain Virat Kohli to make sure India stays ahead in the match.
Rahul, who had beaten a tremendous half-century in the previous game at Trent Bridge, added a crucial 126-run stand at Rohit for the first wicket to give India a good start. Rohit also touched a lot and was also sailing to his ton, but a ripper passed James Anderson his turn ends.
However, Rahul brought the sixth century of his career and the second century to England. The Bangaluru-born then entered into another 100-run partnership with skipper Kohli. The Delhi lad looks well set up as he leaves the balls nicely and continues to tickle the scoreboard.
But just before the end of the day’s game, Kohli lost his concentration and finally got a thick outside after the first slip, which was caught by his counterpart. Joe Root. The Indian leader made 40 runs from 103 deliveries.
On stumps, India reached 276/3 in 90 overs with Rahul (127 no) and Ajinkya Rahane (1 no) at the fold.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
Rohit & KL Rahul made an impressive use of their training time in the UK. The last time I saw Rahul test cricket was in the Caribbean of 2019. He looked insecure and then he raced. Now, very rarely, I have seen an Asian opener play like that with such assurance in English circumstances👍
– Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) 12 August 2021
His name on the plaque with a beat for ages! He worked so hard to get back in the side. So glad to see him do well in Test cricket.
PS: Look how closely he looked at the ball👀 #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/sBACN5eQI6
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) 12 August 2021
– Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) 12 August 2021
VVS Laxman (@ VVSLaxman281) 12 August 2021
Kolwers mauke pey choka lagaten hain, #KLRahul eeu lagata hai! He was not supposed to play the first two Tests against England and has now scored the most runs in the series! Well played #Rahul pic.twitter.com/ULg1ETDxwq
– RP Singh Rudra Pratap Singh (@rpsingh) 12 August 2021
When Rohit sharma climbed out at 83, Kl Rahul batted at 33 (118). It takes a lot of skill to hit the second violin, not to be tempted and then turn it on to get a hundred. Beautiful turn, well deserved from the honors board! #INDvENG #KLRahul
– Abhinav mukund (ukmukundabhinav) 12 August 2021
– Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) 12 August 2021
A century to be proud of #KLRahul. I loved the progress graph of the innings which shows us how patient he was. First 20 took 105 balls and after that he owned the fold
– Harsha Bhogle (hobhogleharsha) 12 August 2021
– Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 12 August 2021
– Isa Guha (@isaguha) 12 August 2021
What a turn!
– ICC (@ICC) 12 August 2021
The correct test innings of KL Rahul … so good … the simplicity itself. Fantastic technique and patience against the moving ball. Fantastic.
– Charles Dagnall (@CharlesDagnall) 12 August 2021
Between the oval and the Lord, somewhere we got lost and found the right KL Rahul … So much hard work, disciplinary faith and above all patience behind this gem. A very very KLassy way to reach the honors board. #ENGvIND
– Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) 12 August 2021
FOR KL RAHUL!
He gets his name on the Lord’s Honors Boards 🔥
– Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) 12 August 2021
What a ton of KL Rahul, exceptional efforts by him. He is also India’s highest individual scorer in all 3 overs, which is a return for Test cricket.
– Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) 12 August 2021
One hundred for KL Rahul, returns to the Test team after a few years and he brings hundreds in the second Test of the series – 102 * from 212 balls, including 9 fours and 1 six. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/aLXe4TScFL
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 12 August 2021
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