SA vs IND: Former India opener praises KL Rahul

SA vs IND: KL Rahul scored a scintillating half-century on the first day of the second Test.© AFP

Captaining India for the first time in Test cricket, KL Rahul took the lead in the ongoing second Test against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. The 29-year-old scored a scintillating half-century as the rest of India’s top-order failed to score runs in the first innings of the day. Talking about his recent performance in Test cricket, former India batsman Aakash Chopra lauded Rahul. Having said that his “impeccable” nature and patience are all the hallmarks of a “fantastic player”.

“Skipping an outside delivery can really keep you there long enough to score runs. He has shown impeccable judgment. He knows where his off-stump is and that is because of his head position. He has the flair and Patience is also there and that’s the hallmark of a great player,” Chopra said on Star Sports during the lunch show.

Rahul played with a lot of restraint on the first day as he was dropping free deliveries (outside the off-stump), which the rest of the Indian batsmen failed to do against the South African pacers.

Unfortunately, India’s stand-in captain was dropped by a short delivery from Marco Jensen while he was batting on 50.

Cheteshwar Pujara (3) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) continued to struggle while Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari also could not do much in the absence of Virat Kohli.

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The regular India captain is not playing the current Test due to a cramp in his upper back.

In the first innings with South Africa, the visiting team was bowled out for 202 runs, in response to which they were dismissed for 35 runs at stumps on the first day.

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