IND vs AFG: India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul led the team quite well in the recently-concluded match against the Afghanistan national cricket team in Dubai.
The regular skipper Rohit Sharma didn’t play the game after he preferred to take a break. As a result, the designated vice-captain, KL Rahul led the team.
Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi won the toss and invited India to open the face of the blade first. The Men in Blue got off to a blistering start in the form of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli.
KL Rahul and Kohli scored a half-century apiece. The duo added 119 runs for the opening wicket before Rahul departed for a well-constructed 62 off 41 balls.
The right-handed batsman built his innings with the help of six fours and two sixes. On the other hand, Virat Kohli batted really well and shut the naysayers in style.
The 34-year-old stalwart went on to score his 71st century in international cricket. This is also his first century in T20 Internationals.
IND vs AFG: KL Rahul says he is slowly coming back to rhythm
KL Rahul came under fire for his poor scores in the ongoing Asia Cup campaign. However, he ensured to deliver the goods in the match against Afghanistan.
He scored a marvelous half-century, which is certainly good news for him and for the team going forward to the T20 World Cup tournament.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, the right-handed batsman said that he has indeed picked up lessons on the go and also added that it’s not that easy as one thinks.
“Coming back after a big injury and surgery, I have realised playing the last few games it is not as easy as you think. I was eager to come and play but obviously finding the same touch or same rhythm wasn’t coming easily as I thought it would.
“It is a learning for me as a player, happy I could spend some time in the middle and I started feeling good. In this format when you hit the first six off the middle gives you the confidence, I think the Hong Kong game I got a free-hit and though I didn’t time it as well I could, I still hit the ball out of the ground and it felt good,” Rahul said.
Team India posted 212/2 in 20 overs and ended the Asia Cup with a 101-run win over Afghanistan. Afghanistan could score 111/8 in their quota of 20 overs.