KL Rahul made the most of his chances when he got to open for the Test side alongside Rohit Sharma. Rahul filled in for the ongoing Pataudi Trophy against England, as both Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal were unavailable. Besides magnificent knocks of 84 and 26 in the first Test at Trent Bridge, Rahul made his mark with a graceful century in the first innings of the second test at Lord’s.
The Karnataka batsman is only the 10th Indian batter to put up his name at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground Honour’s Board. Vinoo Mankad was the first Indian to achieve this feat at the Home of Cricket in 1952. Only 8 other batsman have achieved the same feat, with Dilip Vengsarkar doing so thrice. The rest of them were Gundappa Viswanath, Ravi Shastri, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly, Ajit Agarkar, Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane.
Rahul put up a slow but solid start from the very beginning, not letting his concentration to break. He did not take any unnecessary risks and was not keen on losing his wicket early on. Even when his partner Rohit Sharma, raced to his half-century in just 83-balls, he did not panic. Rahul’s first boundary came when he was on 22, on his 108th ball in the 41st over, with a stylish six over the bowler Moeen Ali’s head.
The flood gates literally opened after that. Although he did not hit any more sixes, the 29-year-old sent the ball to the fence a dozen times. He also notched up his century with a boundary on his 212th ball, off Mark Wood. While India lost Rohit, Cheteshwar Pujara and Skipper Virat Kohli at the other end, KL Rahul batted till day-break with Ajinkya Rahane at the other end remaining unbeaten on 127* from 248 deliveries.