Everyone was awestruck by Rahul’s magnificent knock because he had previously been struggling and had been benched from the squad after consecutive failures.
The three-match ODI series got off to a great start on Friday with Team India winning by a score of 5 wickets. After deciding to bowl first, the hosts kept Australia to 188 runs with three wickets each from Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami. Later, Team India lost wickets quickly, falling behind by five with only 83 runs scored. The Hardik Pandya-led team finally reached the finish line in just 39.5 overs thanks to KL Rahul, who then rose to the occasion and played an unbeaten knock of 75 runs off 91 deliveries. Given that the batter had previously been going through a rough patch and had lost his spot in the squad after back-to-back failures, Rahul’s magnificent knock completely floored everyone.
Former India batter Sunil Gavaskar praised Rahul and made an excellent contrast between him and star batter Virat Kohli following Team India’s victory in the first ODI. The only distinction between the two players, according to Gavaskar, is their body expression.
He possesses the technique and temperament that we mentioned previously, but sometimes you also need luck. He was about to make his first error, just like Virat Kohli, but he used to have a different body language. Virat Kohli used to leave the game, but his assured body language persisted.
Rahul could not have been the subject of the same statement. However, the manner he batted today showed that he appreciated the team’s management’s confidence in him. He remained until the very end, but since he had already scored fifty runs, he was powerless to do anything, according to Gavaskar on Star Sports.
Resuming the game, India was struggling to reach their goal of 189 after reaching 39-4.
To win the match in 39.5 overs, Rahul maintained his composure and formed crucial partnerships, including an unbroken 108-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja (who hit 45).
The second ODI is on Sunday in Visakhapatnam.