India vs County XI Live: KL Rahul hits century, capitalises on opportunity in middle-order – Indian talismanic batsman KL Rahul has grabbed the opportunity with both the hand in ongoing India vs County XI practice game by hitting a much-needed hundred batting at number 5. India lost three wickets in the first session of openers Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal and number 3 Cheteshwar Pujara.
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KL Rahul’s last played an FC match 16 months ago. It was for Karnataka vs Bengal Ranji Trophy semi-final in March 2020. Today he hit his 15th FC 100 for Indians vs the County Select XI at Chester-le-Street. His last FC 100 (149) also came on English soil in the Oval Test in Sept 2018.
India vs County XI Live: Earlier when India opening batsman Shubman Gill was ruled out of India’s tour of England, the Indian team mangement made it clear that they are looking at KL Rahul as a middle-order batsman and not as an opening option. Rahul with this fifty has proved that he can bat in the middle order as well. Rahul has scored 1915 runs batting as an opener in Test cricket. He has 10 centuries and seven fifties as an opener but still, the team mangement wants him to bat in the middle order.
India vs County XI Live: On the other hand, Mayank Agarwal has yet again squandered an opportunity to make the opening slot in Test matches his own after falling cheaply in the tour game against Select County XI. Presented with a chance to win his spot in the side back owing to Shubman Gill’s injury, Agarwal fell after scoring a paltry 28. The Karnataka star’s failure will be a cause of concern for Virat Kohli, who could be tempted to give a go to fellow options including Abhimanyu Easwaran and KL Rahul.
India vs County XI Live: Team India have a huge call to make ahead of their series against England with Mayank Agarwal continuing to struggle to seal his spot in the side. Agarwal was India’s designated opener in 2019 but lost his place to Shubman Gill after a horror tour of Australia. Agarwal managed a total of 31 runs in four Tests before being dropped and failed on his return to the XI in Brisbane, managing scores of 38 and 9.