KL Rahul further enhanced his reputation with a stunning century against England in the first T20 International against England on Tuesday.
The right-hander scored an unbeaten ton, as India crushed England by eight-wickets to go one-nil up in the three-match series.
Rahul has not looked back since this year’s Indian Premier League. Playing for Kings XI Punjab, Rahul opened the innings and scored a staggering 659 runs in 13 games including a 14-ball fifty which is the fastest-ever fifty in IPL.
He, however, was surprisingly left out from the playing eleven for the first T20I against Ireland. The chance came in the second game, and he capitalised by scoring 70 off 36.
The stunning display helped him regain his place in the playing eleven for the first T20I against England and continued his red-hot form with the bat. The right-hander slammed an unbeaten 101 off 54 balls, as India chased down 160 with ten balls to spare.
He batted in top gear from the start. Rahul hit a six off the third ball he faced, by dispatching a full Chris Jordan delivery over covers. He came to the crease in the very first over after Shikhar Dhawan departed cheaply. He and Rohit Sharma then steadied the ship and laid the foundation for the chase.
The duo added 123 runs for the second wicket to all but seal England’s fate.
Adil Rashid broke the stand by dismissing Rohit for 32. Rahul, however, remained till the end, reaching his century off 53 balls. And he made sure to celebrate his century in style. Pumped up after the stunning ton, he jumped in the air, raised his bat before doing the dab.
And while his teammates applauded the knock, MS Dhoni looked quite impressed with the celebration. The veteran batsman gave a cheeky smile before turning away and walking inside the dressing room.
Here is a clip of that incident:
Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav also starred in the game. The left-arm spinner took five for 24, as India restricted the hosts to a modest 159.