An overseas century means a lot for any player and it only adds a feather in the cap if it’s scored at the Mecca of cricket – Lords. With India having put to bat by England in the second test match, Rahul steered India to a very comfortable position of 276/3 by scoring an unbeaten overnight score of 127 thereby making himself feature in the Honour’s Board at Lords. With the century, he became the 10th Indian to score a century at Lords. Prior to KL Rahul, it was Ajinkya Rahane who registered a century in 2014.
Earlier in the day, Rohit Sharma batted superbly and gave a feel that he would score a daddy ton. He was batting brilliantly till the 44th over when Jimmy Anderson bowled a peach of delivery that jagged back in, hit his pads and crashed on to the stumps for 83 runs. The partnership between the openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul was 126 runs stand and this is the first time after 1986 that the openers have scored 75+ in a test outside Asia.
Had he scored a century, KL would have been the 11th Indian in the list. Rohit Sharma scored 83 runs in 145 balls that included one six and 11 boundaries. Let’s have a look at the 10 Indian centurions at Lords in the order of year.
It has been a mother of coincidences where out of ten,three Karnataka Boys have features in this coveted list of Centurion at Lords and 2 are Rahuls.
1) Gundappa Vishwanath
2) Rahul Dravid
KL also joined the list of Indian openers who have scored century there and he is the 3rd opener to do so .
1) Vinoo Mankad- 184 Runs in 1952
2) KL Rahul 127* Runs (Overnight score day 1) in 2021
3) Ravi Shashtri- 100 Runs in 1980
Day 1- Stumps – India scored 276 runs at the loss of 3 wickets. Virat Kohli’s watch full innings ended in the 85th over as he added 42 runs to the tally. It’s going to be very interesting on Day 2 as KL will take guard with Rahane with Pant and Jadeja to follow for some quick fire scoring.