KL Rahul found itself among the tracks in the second ODI against England in Pune on Friday. The Karnataka boy reached the three-digit mark more than a year later when he scored his fifth ODI 100 in the Maharashtra cricket stadium.
While Rahul anchored the innings, raising his tone at 108 deliveries, Rishabh Pant accelerated with 28 balls fifty, while India rushed to 257 for 3 at the end of the 43rd. Rahul’s previous ODI tone was against New Zealand in February last year at Mount Maunganui.
Rahul also became the first player on both sides to score a century in the ongoing ODI series. Rahul’s age was his first against England and his second at home.
Earlier, Rahul was eliminated from the final T20I against England after a series of low results. However, he found his mojo back in the opening ODI series on Tuesday, where he scored 62 * out of 43 deliveries in an inning tied with 4 fours and 4 sixes. His knocking played a vital role in bringing India’s total over 300-mileage.
Prior to the second ODI, Rahul said the low performance in the T20I series had never affected his confidence. In the four T20Is he plays against England, Rahul managed to collect only 15 tracks, raising questions about his place in Playing XI. “As a batsman, I feel like I’m in the middle and playing games, that keeps me in a good relationship,” he had said.
“Since I don’t have as much time to play as I would like, I don’t want to say that it didn’t affect me, but somehow or else you have to find a way to be best prepared, either it for training or open net sessions. “