KL Rahul struck an unbeaten 75 to lead India to a five-wicket victory over Australia in the first of three one-day internationals at home.
It was a much-needed relief for KL Rahul. For the majority of the last year, the talented batter has been under assault. Rahul was unable to score big runs in any of the three formats, which drew widespread criticism. All of that changed on Friday. Rahul Dravid hit an unbeaten 75* to help India overcome Australia by five wickets in the first ODI of a three-match series at home. Rahul entered the batting order with India trailing at 16/3. India then lost two more wickets with only 83 runs on the score in a 189-run chase.
However, Rahul maintained his cool and struck his 13th half-century to lead India to victory. He had a 100-plus partnership with Ravindra Jadeja (45*). Everyone praised his work. He also received a special greeting from his wife, Athiya Shetty. “To the most resilient person I know…#klrahul,” Athiya captioned an image of Rahul and Jadeja on Instagram.
On January 24, Suniel Shetty’s daughter Athiya wedded Rahul in a small-scale ceremony.
Rahul, who was dropped for the third and fourth Tests against Australia due to poor form, received praise from stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya as well.
“I am extremely pleased with how we performed today. Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) accomplished exactly what he was supposed to do after an eight-month absence from ODIs. “I enjoyed my bowling and batting, and would have liked to finish it off, but the way KL (Rahul) and Jaddu batted was calming to those watching from the outside,” said Pandya, India’s stand-in captain for the Wankhede match.
Following his Test disappointments, Rahul, who mostly starts for India, was promoted to No.5. Despite the fact that the chips were down, he played carefully, consuming 96 balls for his well-made 75.