KL Rahul looked in sublime touch with the bat as he impressed everyone by putting on a sterling performance against West Indies in Hyderabad. The right-handed batsman who was given a chance to open alongside Rohit Sharma absence of injured Shikhar Dhawan was one of the star performers of the game. He chipped in with a 40-ball-62 on the back of 5 fours and 4 sixes in India’s successful run-chase of 207.
After the T20I opener, KL Rahul marked his presence on the popular ‘Chahal TV’ and spoke about his innings. KL Rahul also became the 7th Indian batsman to go past 1000-run mark in the shortest format. He also became the third-fastest batsman in the history of the game to reach the milestone.
KL Rahul takes a dig at Yuzvendra Chahal
He took only 29 innings to achieve the feat. During the candid chat, Yuzvendra Chahal asked Rahul: “Now that you have reached 1000 runs, do you know how many runs you are ahead of me in the run-scoring chart in T20Is? Rahul during a hilarious conversation replied: “I am 999 runs ahead of you”. KL Rahul then continued to talk about his performance where he revealed that he was surprised with the wicket he batted as it was not the flattest wicket he had played. However, both teams managed to pile up over 200 runs.
“We saw in the first innings that when the batsmen were set on the wicket, it got easier to score runs. This wicket was a bit weird, it was not the flattest wicket that I played on but still, both teams managed to score 200 plus so I cannot complain about the wicket,” KL Rahul told Chahal on his talk-show ‘Chahal TV’.
There was an early pressure in India’s run-chase as Rohit Sharma got out for 8 runs. Then KL Rahul and Virat Kohli constructed a brilliant 100-run partnership for the second wicket to help the team steady the ship.
“Initially, I got two-three boundaries in the second over of our innings and that gave me confidence. But unfortunately, Rohit got out a bit early, then Virat came in and it was important to form a partnership. Luckily, Virat stayed till the end and it all paid dividend,” he added.
It is also worth mentioning here that Yuzvendra Chahal reached a massive landmark while playing in the T20I opener against West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Friday. In his initial four-over spell, Chahal leaked 36 runs and picked up two wickets to his name.
In the process, he took his overall tally of T20I wickets to 52, which is the joint-highest by an Indian bowler in T20Is, along with premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. However, Chahal became the quickest as he accomplished the feat in his 35th T20I match while Ravichandran Ashwin took 46 matches to reach the mark.