India keeper-batsman KL Rahul is well and truly back in top form as he mustered a classy century in the 2nd ODI against England in Pune. KL Rahul underwent a rough patch in the preceding five-match T20I series against England as he registered three single-digit scores in four games. The 28-year old’s celebration after reaching three figures was a striking feature and he underlined the reason behind it.
KL Rahul showed glimpses of returning to his best in the first ODI as he finished with an unbeaten 62 off 43 balls to lift India to 317. The Karnataka-born cricketer went two steps ahead this time as he reached a hundred to silence his critics. Rahul’s 114-ball 108 contained seven fours and two sixes and shared crucial partnerships throughout the innings with his teammates.
The 28-year old shared 121 and 113 runs with Indian captain Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant, respectively. Paceman Tom Curran claimed his wicket when the batsman holed out a short-pitched delivery to mid-wicket. Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant mustered half-centuries, while Hardik Pandya struck an explosive 35 off 16 balls to set England 337 to win. Earlier, India lost the toss and England put them to bat first.
There are people out there who will try to pull you down and criticize: KL Rahul
KL Rahul stated that the celebration was self-explanatory, so to shut out the outside noise and disrespect since there are people who criticize unreasonably. The right-handed batsman revealed that the mindset was to reach 300 when batting with Virat Kohli, but they feel dazzled to get above 330.
“It’s self-explanatory, to shut out the noise, no disrespect, but there are people out there who will try to pull you down and criticise. When Virat and I were in the middle, 300-plus was what was required keeping in mind the way England bat. Very happy to get to 330-plus,” Rahul said in the mid-innings break.