India keeper-batsman KL Rahul announced his return to form as he stamped his authority with a calculated hundred against England in the second ODI in Pune. KL Rahul’s fifth ODI hundred came after his recent brief struggles in the preceding T20 series as he registered three single-figures scores in four matches. The 28-year old stated that while it was good to be back on the runs, they emphasized a lot on building partnerships.
KL Rahul showed glimpses of returning to his best when he struck an unbeaten 62 in the first ODI. He hammered four fours and as many sixes, putting on an unbroken 112-run partnership with Krunal Pandya. On this occasion, the Karnataka-born cricketer translated his fifty to a blistering hundred as India posted another imposing total for England after being put to bat.
The classy right-handed batsman’s knock of 108 off 114 deliveries comprised of seven fours and two sixes. KL Rahul shared century stands with his captain Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant to lift the home side to 337 in the second ODI. There were also half-centuries from Kohli and Pant, followed by an explosive finish from Hardik Pandya added to the cause.
Today it was important to get that partnership with Virat, and Rishabh: KL Rahul
KL Rahul underlined that he is glad with what they have achieved in 50 overs. The 28-year old revealed his disappointment after missing out on runs in the T20s; however, he accepts it as part and parcel. Rahul admitted that it was crucial to accumulate as much partnerships as possible and to perform his role responsibly.
“A hot, hot day, happy with what we’ve achieved in the 50 overs. Scoring runs make you more confident, I was disappointed I couldn’t score runs in the T20s, but sometimes you have to go through the journey. Today it was important to get that partnership with Virat, and Rishabh, and playing my roles with responsibility,” Rahul told during the mid-innings break.