Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) skipper KL Rahul smashed a brilliant century against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 26th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 on Saturday. He opened the innings with Quinton de Kock and managed to bat through the innings and played an unbeaten knock of 103 off 60 deliveries. His knock propelled LSG to a brilliant score of 199 runs for the loss of four wickets in their 20 overs.
KL Rahul was at his classy best from the word go as he kept on scoring runs at will against the hapless MI bowling line-up. Barring Jasprit Bumrah, all other bowlers failed to stop the flow of runs as Rahul smashed nine fours and five sixes. He brought up a sensational ton in his 100th IPL match in the penultimate over of the innings stylishly hitting Tymal Mills for a boundary.
Soon after KL Rahul surpassed the tree-figure mark, he removed his helmet and soaked in all the applause from the crowd at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Soon he also came up with his trademark celebration with both his hands near his ears and his eyes closed. He does this to shut the outside noise and criticism.
KL Rahul had revealed the reason for his celebration as well in 2021 after scoring a ton against England at home in the second ODI. He had said, “It’s self-explanatory, to shut out the noise, no disrespect, but there are people out there who will try to pull you down and criticize.”
— Diving Slip (@SlipDiving) April 16, 2022
Meanwhile, KL Rahul became only the fourth player in the history of IPL to score two tons against a particular opposition. Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, and David Warner are the other three batters to score tons against Punjab Kings, Gujarat Lions, and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively.
KL Rahul also scored his second century as a captain to become only the second player after Virat Kohli to hit multiple tons while leading a franchise. Kohli has scored five centuries as a captain. Here is how the cricketing fraternity applauded KL Rahul for his captain’s knock:
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 16, 2022
Special 💯 from a very special batter #klrahul
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 16, 2022
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) April 16, 2022
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 16, 2022
What a knock by @klrahul11 a 100 in his 100th match! Congrats and to many more today was a masterclass on how to bat at the top!
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) April 16, 2022
K L Rahul🙌🙌👏🏻👏🏻
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) April 16, 2022
What a player @klrahul11 💥
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 16, 2022
KL Rahul is fast becoming one of my top 3 batters in the world to watch!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 16, 2022