New Delhi. The pitch on which Virat Kohli got out on the first ball. On the pitch where batsmen like Pujara and Rahane could not stand, the Indian team was handled by KL Rahul. KL Rahul (India vs England, 1st Test) scored a brilliant 84 runs in the first innings of the first Test against England. KL Rahul faced 214 balls and hit 12 fours in his innings. This innings of KL Rahul is very special. Because due to this innings of Rahul, India got an important lead of 95 runs in the first innings, which can put the result of this match in India’s favor. Also, this innings can be special for KL Rahul’s Test career as well.
Actually KL Rahul was out of the Test team for the last two years. When KL Rahul was selected for the England tour, no one would have thought that this player would be included in the playing XI in the very first match of the Test series. But KL Rahul got lucky. First Shubman Gill got injured and then two days before the Test match, Mayank Agarwal also got injured. KL Rahul got a place in the playing XI and this artistic batsman proved his worth by playing a half-century innings.
Team India did not want KL Rahul to open!
There were reports that if KL Rahul plays a Test match, he will play in the middle order. But after the injury of Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, KL Rahul had to be dropped at the opening itself and this decision proved to be good for him. KL Rahul faced bowlers like James Anderson and Stuart Broad very well. He left the out swing balls well and slowly progressed his innings. KL Rahul shared an opening partnership of 97 runs with Rohit Sharma. After this, he also made an important partnership of 60 runs with Jadeja, which took India past England’s score. Looking at the manner in which Rahul was batting, it seemed that this batsman would celebrate his return century in Test cricket but Anderson’s beautiful ball stopped his innings.