The ongoing one-off Test match between India and Afghanistan kickstarted on a cracking note.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan became the only Indian to score a ton in the first session of the opening day of a Test match. Batting first, India were on 248/1 at lunch. Murali Vijay is batting on 94 while KL Rahul is unbeaten on 33.
Dhawan departed scoring 107 off 96 balls. Interestingly, it was KL Rahul who walked out to bat at no. three instead of Cheteshwar Pujara.
Rahul had a fruitful IPL season, where he scored 659 runs from 14 games. He overshadowed his opening partner Chris Gayle, and that tells you the story.
Arson baad ek Rahul number teen par. #INDvAFG
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 14, 2018
While many were talking about the sudden change of promoting KL up the order, Virender Sehwag saw the other side to it. The former Indian opener tweeted,
“Arson baad ek Rahul number teen par.”
Sehwag clearly recalled the days when legendary Indian batsman, Rahul Dravid owned the position in the famed Indian batting order.
KL Rahul praises Sehwag
Dravid was an integral part of the Indian team, and he scored most of his runs at the no.3 position. After quite a few years, the viewers got to witness yet another Rahul walk out in the park, at the fall of the first wicket.
Sehwag had worked closely with KL in this year’s IPL. The mentor of Kings XI Punjab was praised by Rahul recently.
“I did go up to Sehwag and spoke to him at different times. He kept his game very simple, and that’s his advice to all the players — to go out, trust your gut feeling and enjoy the game with a smile on our face. That’s the kind of freedom he has given to everybody, not just me, be it, batsmen or bowlers,” Rahul said.
Rahul clearly enjoyed the freedom and said is the brand they want to play.
“And this is the brand of cricket we want to play as a team, not always keeping in mind the result. We want to be fearless and aggressive. In a tournament like the IPL, sometimes it will work and at other times it won’t. But we have to keep going,” the stylish batsman added.