Former Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria is all praise for the opener KL Rahul who batted brilliantly in the first innings of the first test against England. KL Rahul scored a stunning 84 run knock to help the visitors take a crucial lead in the first innings.
KL Rahul was not India’s first choice as an opener & was considered as a middle-order batter. But a shin injury to opener Shubman Gill & a concussion blow to Mayank Agarwal provided an opportunity for KL Rahul to open India’s innings along with Rohit Sharma.
In a video on his Youtube Channel, Danish Kaneria explained how KL Rahul has become successful in cementing a strong place for himself in India’s red-ball squad.
“The way KL Rahul applied himself was really superb. He batted exactly the way one has to in England. KL Rahul is apparently cementing his place at the top of the order in Test cricket. The ball was moving and there was also uneven bounce. But he played steadily and with confidence,” Danish Kaneria stated.
Another gleaming batsman who impressed with his perfect show with the bat in India’s first innings was Ravindra Jadeja. He once again put on crucial runs when the Indian team was struggling with the fall of wickets at regular intervals. Scoring a well-curated 56 Jadeja accelerated India’s innings at the right time & surprised England’s pacers. Danish Kaneria applauding Jadeja’s innings said that a ferocious all-rounder like Ravindra Jadeja should get a fixed spot in the Playing XI in every format of cricket.
“Whenever you make an ODI, T20I, or Test team, Jadeja is a type of player that cannot be left out. He is a remarkable all-rounder. His brilliant knock of 56 and Rahul’s innings helped India take a first-innings lead,” Danish Kaneria concluded.
Brilliant batting stint from KL Rahul & Ravindra Jadeja along with meaningful cameos from India’s lower order helped India to take a crucial 95 runs lead on day three. England trail India by 70 runs & will resume Day 4 with the aim of ending this trial & taking a lead in the second innings of the first test.