KL Rahul roared back to form in style, slamming a fighting ton to keep India alive in the ongoing fifth England vs India Test at the Oval.

KL Rahul began his tour of England on a perfect note. In the first T20I, he slammed a stunning tone to guide India to a comprehensive win. However, things did not go down well for Rahul since then.

Prior to the latest knock, his highest knock since the century was 37 which came in the first innings of the ongoing Test. In the ODIs, he scored 9 and 0 before being dropped. The poor form continued in Tests too.Β  In the series-opener, he scored 4 and 13.Β  In the second game at Lord’s, he managed 8 and 10. He looked good at Trent Bridge but threw away the starts, thus scoring 23 and 36.

And his following three knocks yielded scores of 19, 0 37.Β  Another poor outing would have surely put his spot in the Test team in doubt. However, Rahul made the most of his last opportunity and slammed a century to prove his worth. His century came at a time when India desperately needed someone to score big with the bat.

KL Rahul (England vs India, Credits: Getty)

Chasing an improbable 464, India lost Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli for just 2 runs. Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane then steadied the ship as India ended the fourth day on 58 for 3. On day four, the duo started in the same manner and took the score past the 100-run mark. However, just when it looked the duo is set for a big stand, Moeen Ali dismissed Rahane to end the 118-run stand. One run later, Ben Stokes dismissed Hanuma Vihari for a duck to reduce India to 121 for 5.

But Rahul held firm from one end and went on to score his fifth Test century. At lunch, India were 167 for 5.

Meanwhile, fans and others were quick to praise Rahul for his latest knock. Here are some of the reactions.

 

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