Twitter Reactions: KL Rahul slams the fastest IPL half-century
Twitter erupts as the Karnataka batsman slams fastest IPL half-century.
Updated - Apr 8, 2018 6:31 pm
When KL Rahul began whacking the ball to all parts of the PCA Stadium in Mohali, many sat with their jaws well and truly dropped. Why? – Because, just a few years back, Rahul was touted to become one of the best batsmen in Test match cricket for India. He was seemingly one of those who had the patience and class of those who do indeed play a lot of Test cricket. However, here he was, having kept wickets for the 20 overs, he was out there to do a job for his captain.
It certainly was nothing far from spectacular, given the fact that he does indeed possess some of the class that he did. Even Ian Bishop and Pommie Mbangwa sat in the haven of the commentary box, awestruck at how Rahul had managed to make it look so easy. And, in addition to all this, he wasn’t facing the same attack as that of what he had faced in domestic cricket. He was facing the might of the Delhi Daredevils’ attack of Trent Boult, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, and Mohammed Shami.
He found gaps in tandem and was supremely successful in finding the gaps at will too. His partner Mayank Agarwal watched in complete awe as his statesman failed to even break a sweat as he went about his business. Soon enough, he had smashed Amit Mishra all around the park before bringing up his half-century in 14 deliveries – the fastest in the Indian Premier League history.
The run rate was also substantially lowered following the 16-ball half-century from the batsman. In the end, Gautam Gambhir was rewarded for persisting with Trent Boult as the Kiwi pacer eventually dismissed Rahul, who in a bid to try something different was eventually dismissed for 51 from just 16 deliveries.
Twitter erupted with a plethora of tweets to celebrate the occasion.
Here are some tweets from Rahul’s massive innings
#KXIPvDD 0 2 0 6 4 6 4 1 4 4 6 6 4 4 !! ??
— Hrishikesh Kulkarni (@hck1998) April 8, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 8, 2018
— Hariharan Durairaj (@hari_durairaj) April 8, 2018
Today kl rahul will be embraced by priti zinta…lucky guy!!!
— PeN (@PeN_CIL_WritEs) April 8, 2018
Game is now with @lionsdenkxip, they have to put their heads down and bat without losing any wicket. As far as I know @GautamGambhir is a very smart and aggressive captain.. he will ask his bowlers to go for the kill. Unfortunately that’s the only way out. #KXIPvDD #VivoIPL2018
— Prragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 8, 2018
Breathtaking batting by KL Rahul. Anna why you no bat like this when in RCB
— Vinay Kashyap (@vinaykashy) April 8, 2018
— Garfield ? (@LopaWalawalkar) April 8, 2018
— Kishore Batta (@kishore_batta) April 8, 2018
— Balaji (@balaranganath) April 8, 2018
Kl Rahul to get a special present from preity zinta ???
— Gokul Singh Mehra?? (@GokulSmehra) April 8, 2018
— Suhas A R (@Suhas2009) April 8, 2018
KL Rahul is the first batsman to reach his fifty within first 3 overs of the inns in T20s.
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 8, 2018
— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) April 8, 2018
— Dennis Premier League (@DennisCricket_) April 8, 2018
— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) April 8, 2018
commentator are saying " kl rahul galat shot maar ke out ho gaya ". bc fastest fifty bhi aise hi shot maar ke banayi hai usne.#KXIPvDD
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) April 8, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 8, 2018
— CricfitWithMKV (@MikkhailVaswani) April 8, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 8, 2018