KL Rahul smashed a solid century in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Due to his struggling batting form, Rahul has recently faced exclusion from the national team. So, this century will give him huge confidence.
KL Rahul is currently playing for Karnataka in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019/20. On Saturday (28th September), Karnataka are facing Kerala at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bengaluru). While most of the other Karnataka batsmen struggled in this match after losing the toss, Rahul scored a solid century to set a challenging first innings total.
KL Rahul scored 131 runs off 122 balls
The right-handed batsman Rahul completed his century in 108 balls. Later, he scored 131 runs off 122 balls before losing his wicket. In that brilliant knock, Rahul hit 10 fours and 4 sixes.
After Karnataka went down to 30/2, Rahul had the 84 runs partnership with the captain Manish Pandey for the third wicket. While Pandey lost his wicket on 50 runs off 51 balls, Rahul continued his impressive batting performance.
Due to the brilliant performance from KL Rahul, Karnataka managed 294 runs (49.5 overs) before losing all wickets.
KL Rahul is a very consistent performer in domestic cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL). However, he is struggling to perform regularly in international cricket. Though he is a much better performer in limited-overs cricket, he is struggling to score good runs in Test cricket. In the last 12 months, Rahul has failed to register a Test fifty.
However, Rahul performed well in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as he was the third most run-scorer for India. But his poor Test form is affecting his performances in limited-overs cricket.
The team management didn’t select Rahul in the playing XIs during the recently concluded home T20I series against South Africa. Due to poor Test performances as an opener, Rahul has been dropped from the Test squad for the upcoming home Test series against South Africa.
In the absence of properly experienced opening batsmen, Rohit Sharma is likely to return to the Test squad in the forthcoming Test series and take the opening batsman role for the first time ever in Test cricket. However, on Saturday (28th September), during the three-day tour game against South Africa, Rohit scored a duck. In this match, Rohit is leading the Indian Board President’s XI.