KL Rahul joins Virender Sehwag in special list with sixth Test hundred, India take control against England | Cricket

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  • With this hundred at Lord’s, KL Rahul equaled Virender Sehwag in the list of most hundreds outside Asia. Both Rahul and Sehwag now have four hundreds outside Asia to their names while opening the batting in Test cricket. Sunil Gavaskar sits on top of the three with 15 hundreds outside Asia.

PUBLISHED ON AUG 12, 2021 11:04 PM IST

KL Rahul became the first Indian opener to score an overseas Test hundred in three years. Incidentally, the last one to do that was also Rahul in 2018 at the Oval. The right-hander achieved the feat on Day 1 of the second Test against England at Lord’s on Thursday, becoming only the third Indian opener to score a Test century at the iconic venue. This was Rahul’s sixth Test hundred and the third one against England. 

With this hundred at Lord’s, Rahul equaled Virender Sehwag in the list of most hundreds outside Asia. Both Rahul and Sehwag now have four hundreds outside Asia to their names while opening the batting in Test cricket. Sunil Gavaskar sits on top of the list with 15 hundreds outside Asia. 

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Rahul got the to three-figure mark with a boundary off Mark Wood in the final hour of play. Rahul hit nine fours and one six in his innings that oozed class. 

Unlike his first innings knock of 84 in the first Test in Nottingham, where he was dropped twice off James Anderson, this was a flawless knock from Rahul. 

He looked in control right from the onset. Put in to bat at the Lord’s, the Indian opening pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma negated the overcast conditions on a good batting surface during the visiting team’s first century opening stand since the tour of 2007. They added 126 for the opening stand to set up a much-needed foundation for India.

 

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