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IND vs AUS: Trolls turn fans as KL Rahul scores match-winning 75 in 1st ODI

He scored 75* off 91 and turned his critics into admirers while he showed grit and character on the pitch.




KL Rahul fifty
Picture courtesy: BCCI

New Delhi: KL Rahul played a match-winning knock in the first ODI against Australia, in a game where the Indian top order collapsed in tough swinging conditions. He scored 75* off 91 and turned his critics into admirers while he showed grit and character on the pitch. He was accompanied by Ravindra Jadeja in their 108-run stand in chasing 189.

Both Rahul and Jadeja not only played brilliant knocks against the swing of Mitchell Starc and Marcus Stoinis, but they also took stunning diving catches in the game. Jadeja also contributed with the ball and was declared the Player of the Match for his knock of 45* off 69 and two wickets.

Former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad, who recently criticised KL Rahul’s inclusion in the playing XI in Tests, took to Twitter to appreciate the batter.

Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Karthik and others also came forward to congratulate KL Rahul and Jadeja for their match-winning efforts in the game.

Fans, who were trolling Rahul for a poor run, poured in appreciation for the batter to win a match for India when others failed.

From Virat Kohli to KL Rahul, Indian cricket has witnessed numerous instances where the so-called fans of the game went on to troll the player and the cricketers gave an answer with their game.

In the game, Mohammed Siraj once again picked up a wicket with the new ball. As Australia was under pressure, Mitchell Marsh stood up and scored 81 off 65 and it seemed that he was playing on a different turf altogether. However, Mohammed Shami’s second spell got him three quick wickets as he turned the fortunes for India.

Both Siraj and Shami ended up with three wickets each, Ravindra Jadeja picked two while Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav got one each.

Marcus Stoinis got the early breakthrough by dismissing Ishan Kishan. It was followed by Mitchell Starc using his trademark inswinging deliveries to get out Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill. While Hardik Pandya played a counterattacking inning of 25(31), he was dismissed with a bouncer by Stoinis. After 83/5, it was the perseverance of Rahul and Jadeja that got India through.