'Kamaal Lajawab Rahul has fallen in love with Test cricket' - Former India player lauds KL Rahul

KL Rahul has scored a century at the Centurion Test and he followed it up with a fifty in the Johannesburg Test, which was also his captaincy debut in Tests.

KL Rahul scored his sixth Test century away from India in the Centurion Test against South Africa. (Image credit: CSA/BCCI Twitter)

KL Rahul has once again impressed everyone with his stable knock and former India opener Aakash Chopra has lauded him for his commitment during his fifty on the first day of the ongoing second Test between India and South Africa at the Wanderers. Notably, Rahul has been leading Team India in the Johannesburg Test in the absence of Virat Kohli.

He scored 50 runs off 133 on Day 1 and his knock helped them post a total of 202 runs as well. While reviewing the first day’s play, in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra praised Rahul. However, he stated that Rahul could have got a little more adventurous after his first knock.

He said: “KL Rahul shines again, I mean this is phenomenal. There is a commitment in this guy. Kamaal Lajawab Rahul has fallen in love with Test cricket, with leaving balls outside off-stump and with standing in the middle for a long time. What he did in Centurion was amazing; there is no doubt about that. But when you go to a new ground after a century, you feel you have already scored a century; you are in form, and then you play drives against half-volleys and also on the up because you have the confidence.”

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KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal both added a hundred-run partnership as well where Rahul was looking comfortable in the middle. And, Chopra applauded KL Rahul for starting afresh as well.

“That was phenomenal” – Aakash Chopra on KL Rahul

He explained: “If you come to the next match and start the same way as you had started in Centurion, meaning you know that you have to start at zero again, that requires a different kind of discipline and commitment, that you will stick to your process.”

The veteran commentator again stated that KL Rahul showed the much-needed patience even though he scored a century in the Boxing Day Test. But he eventually got out in the deep while playing a pull shot off Marco Jansen. It will be interesting to see how he manages to do in the second innings.

“That was phenomenal because he played a lot of deliveries, more than 130. He kept on leaving, and if you didn’t know that he had scored a century in Centurion, you will feel that this is the first match of the series, and he is treading cautiously because of that, but that is not the case,” Aakash Chopra concluded.

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