India managed to make a bright and positive start on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test match against South Africa in Centurion. Batting first, the visitors lost only three wickets and ended on a commanding position. At the forefront of this stunning display was the opening batter KL Rahul. He scored an unbeaten 122 and managed to get to his seventh hundred in Test cricket. The vice-captain was instrumental in seeing off the new ball, and punished the hosts’ bowlers, whenever they erred in line and length.
The right-hand batter took time to build on his innings. Rahul batted cautiously on the first hour of play and saw off the threat of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. He defended the ball well, left them, and also managed to play more on the front foot. Later, as the innings progressed, he began to play his shots.
Rahul spoke about his memorable ton to BCCI at end of play on day one, and termed the hundred as ‘special.’ He said it was amazing since he had to stay in the crease for six to seven hours.
“I mean, it is truly special; every hundred really takes something out of you and gives you a lot of joy. There are so many emotions you go through when you score a hundred. You play and fight for 6-7 hours’ those are the kind of innings that really stand out and as players, we really cherish these.”
“Really happy that I could stay there not out, and it is what is expected out of me. Once I and Mayank got off to a good start, I started enjoying my batting, and I did not think too far ahead.”
Rahul’s monumental efforts has put India in the ascendancy on day one of the first Test in Centurion. The visitors will look to add more and try to post a huge first innings score.