Indian opener KL Rahul mentioned that seeing his name featured on the Lord’s honours board gave him a sense of achievement and pride.
After missing a hundred at Trent Bridge on his comeback in Test cricket nearly after two years, Rahul scored a blistering 129 against England in the second Test at Lord’s on Thursday.
Rahul’s incredible innings was laced by 12 fours and a six that came against off-spinner Moeen Ali’s bowling. However, the opener couldn’t add enough runs on the second day to his overnight tally of 127 and fell to England’s Ollie Robinson in the early part of the day.
Once you see your name on the honours board you feel a sense of achievement and pride: KL Rahul
Rahul became the 10th Indian batsman to register his name on Lord’s honours board, the first in seven years after India’s current Test vice-captain Anjinkya Rahane achieved the feat. The Karnataka batsman was delighted to see his name on the Home of Cricket’s wall.
KL Rahul at the Lord's honours board. pic.twitter.com/R2GftsxjC0
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“You know, every time you walk out on the pitch to play for your country you want to do well and score and give a good start when opening the batting. It was special once I stepped off the ground and once you see your name on the honours board you feel a sense of achievement, a sense of pride, which I had no different,” Rahul said in a virtual press conference on Friday.
After a bad patch with his form in 2019, Rahul was dropped from the team and was replaced with state and IPL teammate Mayank Agarwal. Ahead of the Test series against England, Agarwal was ruled out owing to a head injury, which came as a blessing in disguise for the Punjab Kings skipper as he was the only apt choice left in the squad to pair with Rohit Sharma.
A Test hundred is always special and when it’s at Lord’s it becomes even better: KL Rahul
The hundred at Lord’s was his second in England after he smacked 149 in the Oval Test that came in a losing game for India. Rahul made his Test debut in Australia and playing in his second Test in Sydney, he brought up his maiden Test hundred against a bowling line-up that had the ranks of Mitchell Starc and Ryan Harris. Rahul said out of the hundreds he has scored for India so far, the Lord’s one is very special to him.
“Yeah, every Test hundred is very, very special, especially after coming back. In the couple of years that I have played Test cricket, and even before I got dropped, I got a few hundred, so a Test hundred is always special, and when it’s at Lord’s, it becomes even better,” Rahul commented.