KL Rahul at Number 4: Twitter seems to have found their No. 4 batsman in the Indian cricket team ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
During the ongoing warm-up match for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Bangladesh and India at Cardiff, India batsman Lokesh Rahul’s innings has convinced users on social media platform Twitter that he is apt to bat at No. 4 in the tournament.
After Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and put India in to bat, India lost opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan (1) in the third over.
Despite Vijay Shankar taking part in this match, the team management persisted with Rahul at No. 4. Having come in to bat after the dismissal of vice-captain Rohit Sharma (19) in the 14th over, Rahul shared a 33-run stand for the third wicket with captain Virat Kohli (47).
Once Kohli got out, Rahul took the onus on himself to guide the Indian innings. Batting at 8* (15) at that moment, Rahul hit three fours in the next three overs to ensure that runs keep coming. In the presence of former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul started to attack the Bangladeshi bowlers.
The best part of Rahul’s innings was that he played the ball on its merit throughout his stay in the middle. Even the attacking shots didn’t give the impression of being attempts for forceful slogs.
On the last delivery of the 26th over, Rahul ran a couple of runs down the ground to complete his half-century. In the 31st over, Rahul took on Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan hitting him for a couple of fours and a six.
It was on the last delivery of the 42nd over that Rahul ran a single off Mustafizur Rahman to complete his century. The single was accompanied by Rahul receiving a standing ovation from the dressing room. Before getting out in the 44th over, Rahul ended up scoring 108 (99) with the help of 12 fours and four sixes.
Twitter wants KL Rahul at Number 4 in India’s first World Cup match:
Stylish century from a stylish batsman! 🤩
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 28, 2019
It has taken a long time & many chops and changes to the team, but at the last possible moment India have found their number four: KL Rahul. Now they must stick with him – it’s the most difficult batting position in ODI cricket. He needs patience through the tournament. #CWC19
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) May 28, 2019
— Tanisha Gupta (@OfficeOfTanisha) May 28, 2019
Hard work always pays off…Soo proud of u KL❤
— Pooja Singh (@pooja333444) May 28, 2019
— Subhash Rao (@_7Legend_) May 28, 2019
Shot arm jap for sixxxx😍😍
— Ayan (@AyanViratians) May 28, 2019
This match certainly looks like a practice game for India, would be a different ball game when they play SA in their First match #INDvBAN KL Rahul Vijay Shankar Dhawan
— Shiva (@shivabelieves) May 28, 2019
so no.4 settled #INDvBAN
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) May 28, 2019
— That RohitSharma Fan حمّاد (@chemistryhammad) May 28, 2019
Good to see our middle order finally coming at right time dhoni n kl rahul #INDvBAN
— Spike (@SpikeLevi) May 28, 2019
Its true that kohli is a batsman of class but when there is a question of elegance & style KL rahul is way ahead.#IndvsBan
— Ravi Bothra (@know__ravi) May 28, 2019
— Team India WC (@india_wc) May 28, 2019
— Anil patil (@beingani10) May 28, 2019
#KLRahul is peaking at the correct and crucial time.
Think he will be made as the no.4 for the first few matches.
— shriram hemaraj (@shriramtweet) May 28, 2019
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