He’s not as consistent as Virat! Neither as powerful as MSD! Nor as flamboyant as Rohit! He’s different! Whatever the young lad from Mangalore has achieved in such short span of time, speaks volumes on his temperament and position him far above his contemporaries.
Well, the ‘Rahul’ factor does drive me crazy. Coincidently, both KL Rahul and Rahul Dravid (my role model and his’ too) are from Karnataka, both are part time keepers, both didn’t do well initially in their limited overs games but then they adapted. He’s the same Rahul who struggled big time in the T20s, was responsible for a lot of middle over collapses for the Sunrisers and now went onto score a 46 ball maiden T20 ton, which almost fetched us the victory.
Little did the world know of him! And then the USA happened.
After Narendra Modi, if there’s anyone who has cashed big time from this country, is this man, KL Rahul!
India was playing the first of the two-match series against West Indies at Lauderhill, Florida. A merciless track was offered and the Caribbean men went on to score a mammoth 244 on the board. Honestly, it appeared to be a baseball match where every second ball went out of the park and the crowd enjoyed the frenzy to the very core.
I mean, the Indian bowlers did bowl equally hopelessly and the fact that till the 20th over they didn’t realize that those butchers can’t play the ball on the off side, paved the way for Rahul’s astonishing innings in the later half.
Let me throw some light on his innings and what made it so special.
Even though the expected run-rate was above 13 right from the start, yet he didn’t even play a single slog on a slug turf! He held his head high throughout the game, kept on hitting proper cricketing shots and those sixes over covers off the bowling of Narine, did give me a divine sense of satisfaction. Later he pounded Russell, one of the best death bowler for the opposition, gave nightmares to nervous nineties and reached his maiden ton with a six in an emphatic manner.
With that feat, he become the second player to reach his 100 with a six across Tests, ODIs and T20s.
He can bat exceptionally well across all the three formats. In Tests and ODIs, he had already proved himself in Australia and Zimbabwe with the little opportunities that he had got. And now, with this exceptional knock he became the youngest player to have hit centuries across all international formats. It just took him 20 innings to go into the history books.
Rahul doesn’t try to hit the ball too hard yet averages 90+ in the shorter versions of the game.
Without an iota of doubt, he is the successor of Dhawan and must be replace him in all formats with immediate effect. I re-iterate, he is one of the very few people who accepted their flaws, worked on the technique, adapted and thrived for excellence. His ability to adjust in all the conditions, to play with a simplistic approach and to take the attack back to the oppositions makes him one of the modern day greats.
Hail Rahul! Keep roaring.