Cricket News: KL Rahul of Team India batted brilliantly in the first Test against South Africa at Centurion, striking a century in the first innings that proved crucial to India’s victory. In the two innings, Rahul scored 123 and 23 runs, earning him the Player of the Match award as India cruised to a 113-run victory.
Rahul was not a regular member of Team India’s Test XI at the start of the year, but a strong performance in England – where he finished as India’s second-highest run-getter – not only cemented his place in the side but also led to his appointment as India’s interim Test vice-captain for the upcoming South Africa tour.
Rahul left a lot of deliveries in the Centurion Test as he maintained his patience and discipline, and the batter said that it is the ‘secret’ to his current success in the game’s longest format.
“It’s something I’m having a lot of fun with right now. In Test cricket, you must like putting balls outside the off-stump, and this is the key to success “explained the Indian starting pitcher.
“I know we play a lot of one-day and T20 cricket, and blasting the ball all over the park is fun and exciting at the same time, but when it comes to Test cricket, you have to learn to be disciplined and play the waiting game.”
He also recognises that while repetition can be tedious, it is a sure-fire way to achieve achievement.
“When you get sick of performing the same thing, you make mistakes. Since I resumed playing Test matches in England this year, I’ve liked playing defensive shots and tiring the bowlers “Rahul went on to say that even defending can be beautiful.
So, how does this century compare to his other six abroad hundreds?
“I think this innings would be right up there for me in terms of conditions and how difficult the pitch was. To get a century and put my team in a winning position, it takes a lot of courage, commitment, and discipline. So, yes, it’s right there “In his opinion, he was forthright.
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