On Sunday, Indian opener KL Rahul etched his identify in historical past books as he turned solely the second Indian batter after Wasim Jaffer to hit a century in South Africa. Rahul reached the milestone determine on Day 1 of the ongoing first Test against Proteas at Supersport Park in Centurion.
On the second final ball of the 78th over of India’s first innings, Rahul smashed Keshav Maharaj for a boundary within the level area to finish his seventh ton in red-ball cricket.
Indian openers to hit Check Hundred in South Africa:
- 2007 – Wasim Jaffer, Cape City
- 2021 – KL Rahul, Centurion
Additional, Rahul additionally went previous former Indian opener Virender Sehwag to smash greater than 4 centuries exterior Asia. The Karnataka stalwart is now solely behind the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, who had scored 15 tons exterior Asia.
Most Check lots of by an Indian opener exterior Asia:
- 15 – Sunil Gavaskar (81 innings)
- 5 – KL Rahul (34 innings)
- 4 – Virender Sehwag (59 innings)
- 3 – Vinoo Mankad (19 innings)/ Ravi Shastri (19 innings)
Rahul can be the primary Indian opener to hit centuries in Australia, England and South Africa – the third visiting opening batter total.
Visiting openers with Check tons in Australia, England & South Africa:
- Saeed Anwar – Pakistan
- Chris Gayle – West Indies
- KL Rahul – India
In the meantime, on the shut of play, India had been in a commanding place with 272 runs on the board for the lack of three wickets. Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten on 122 and 40, respectively.
For South Africa, quick bowler Lungi Ngidi was the one wicket-taker with all three scalps in his pocket.
Right here is how Twitter reacted:
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 26, 2021
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 26, 2021
A KLassy 100! 🔥 I’m so glad we obtained to see KL Rahul inserted again into the Indian Check workforce this yr. He’s performed some nice purple ball cricket. A really versatile participant. A nicely made century that’s! 👏🏼 #SAvIND
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) December 26, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 26, 2021
This can be a incredible knock from @klrahul11 endurance and utility. See the variety of balls he left. First take a look at of an abroad collection and to get a century is tremendous particular. Nicely performed.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 26, 2021
There’s a KL Rahul who admonishes each ball in T20s .. And there’s a KL Rahul who’s so poised and affected person in take a look at cricket. Each a deal with to observe. A lot to admire in regards to the centurion at Centurion at the moment .. And the context of this hundred .. Taking a bow @klrahul11 #INDvsSA
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) December 26, 2021
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 26, 2021
An excellent day of cricket involves an finish with 🇮🇳 firmly within the driver’s seat, because of KL Rahul’s sensible knock. 💯🔝
Drop a 🤩 for those who can’t wait to for Day 2️⃣!
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) December 26, 2021
India have batted with nice resolve and talent. South Africa will bowl higher because the collection goes alongside however India have simply given a glimpse of why they’re such a drive in take a look at cricket
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 26, 2021
Jaffer 🤝 Rahul
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) December 26, 2021
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) December 26, 2021
India’s finest begin on day 1 in South Africa was the 372/7 at Bloemfontein on 3 Nov 2001, when Tendulkar made 155 and Sehwag, on debut, hit 105.
However South Africa received the Check by 9 wkts on the 4th day!#IndvSA #IndvsSA#SAvInd #SAvsInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 26, 2021