KL Rahul came roaring back to form as he scored a terrific century for India against England in the second ODI in Pune. Coming in to bat at No. 4 with both openers having been dismissed cheaply, Rahul steadied the ship and put on a patient partnership with Virat Kohli to take India to safety before unleashing the fireworks. After Kohli’s dismissal, he joined hands with Rishabh Pant to put on an explosive partnership.
Rahul got to a hundred in the 44th over by taking a single and as he soaked in the applause from the Indian dugout, he dropped his bat and helmet to the ground before putting his hands to his ears in celebration. The 28-year-old has previously employed the celebration on getting to a hundred and he continued the trend today.
KL Rahul explains his celebration
After the first innings ended, KL Rahul was asked by the broadcasters to explain his celebration. He said, “It’s self-explanatory. To shut out the noise. No disrespect to anybody but there are people out there who will try to pull you down and criticize.”
Speaking about his knock and India’s score, he said, “A hot, hot day, happy with what we’ve achieved in the 50 overs. Scoring runs make you more confident, I was disappointed I couldn’t score runs in the T20s, but sometimes you have to go through the journey. Today it was important to get that partnership with Virat, and Rishabh, and playing my roles with responsibility. When Virat and I were in the middle, 300-plus was what was required keeping in mind the way England bat. Very happy to get to 330-plus.”
India have reached 336/6 in 50 overs and would fancy their chances of defending the total and claim an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.