ENG vs IND: Twitter lauds KL Rahul for his outstanding knock of Test comeback

KL Rahul was only dismissed after India got a first-inning lead.

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KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

KL Rahul announced his comeback in the Test team with a bang. For someone who had last played a Test match almost two years ago, the Karnataka batter looked very secure and comforting on the eye. A century would have been a cherry on the top but unfortunately, that didn’t happen on day three of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. 

Rahul came out to bat on day one of the Test match when India had to survive 13 overs left in the day’s play. He managed to get through that by setting up a foundation on which India could have built on day two. That is exactly what happened as he along with Rohit Sharma managed to get a move on in the morning session of day two. 

Rohit got out at the stroke of lunch while after the break, there was a mini-collapse. India slipped from 97 for 0 to 112 for 4 in a blink of an eye, losing their key batters. Rishabh Pant joined Rahul as the right-handed batter went past his 12th half-century in Test cricket. This was also his first 50 plus score since scoring 149 against England at the Oval last time India went there in 2018. 

KL Rahul finally gives his wicket away to James Anderson

After the first rain interruption happened on day two, there were multiple of them. As a matter of fact, James Anderson’s over which turned out to be the last on day two went on for more than two and half hours as the umpires and players kept getting on and off the field continuously. On day three, the same happened, minutes after the day’s play started players had to go off again for a break. Between all of this, it is obvious that a player can lose his concentration but Rahul looked determined as ever to make this opportunity count. 

Incidentally, he was dropped twice during his knock. Both occasions in the slips, once by Dominic Sibley on day two and once by Joe Root on day three. Interestingly enough, both the times it was off the bowling of James Anderson, who ended up taking his wicket. However, by then, KL Rahul had done the damage. 

After that collapse on day two, he managed to stitch crucial partnerships with Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja. He ended up scoring 84 runs from 214 balls. Rahul’s innings had 12 beautiful fours. By the time he was dismissed, India had already got the much-important lead in the game. It is safe to say that this was a coming-of-age knock for Rahul.

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