KL Rahul hammered 132 runs in just 69 balls as he led from the front for Kings XI Punjab against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rahul's innings had 14 boundaries and 7 maximums. Rahul remained unbeaten and soon the social media erupted as they hailed the newly-appointed KXIP skipper on Twitter. This is how they reacted.
.@klrahul11 has led from the front.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 24, 2020
Two or more 100s for Indians in #IPL
5 - Virat Kohli
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 24, 2020
Kohli is being kind to Rahul.....
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 24, 2020
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) September 24, 2020
KL Rahul finishes with unbeaten 132*(69b, 14x4s, 7x6s).
— Karnataka Ranji Team║ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಣಜಿ ತಂಡ (@RanjiKarnataka) September 24, 2020
KL Rahul today:
First 54 balls : 77 runs (SR : 142.59)
Next 15 balls : 55 runs (SR : 366.67)#KXIPvsRCB
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) September 24, 2020
Mind you, KL Rahul is batting like a demigod...
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) September 24, 2020
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) September 24, 2020
This was also the highest score by an Indian player in the IPL. This was also the highest score by a captain.
Meanwhile former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that Rahul is so good that he should be taking over captaincy of the Indian Cricket Team from Virat Kohli.
“There is a great chance for KL Rahul to show that he can score runs when given the responsibility. Secondly, he can show that he is capable of captaining a side and how he moulds his team and extracts effort. If he does that well he can even go on to become the vice-captain of the Indian team,” Gavaskar said on Sports Tak.
“There are still players in the Indian team like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Ajinkya Rahane. But going forward, he can be an option for the selection committee and can also become India’s future captain. So, this can be a huge tournament for KL Rahul as a skipper,” the Little Master added.
KL Rahul has had a sensational year till the lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic brought the game to a standstill. Rahul will lead Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League which is being played in UAE.