Opener KL Rahul reinforced his 84 in the First test with a superb 100 to break India's seven-year-old centuries drought at Lords on Thursday. Rahul became the first Indian after Ajinkya Rahane and the 10th overall to earn a place on the cricket househonors tables.Rahul brought the second hundred of him against England in the 212-ball. Rahul had hit nine boundaries and one six when he reached the three digits.
Rahul went head-to-head with England's pace attack and came out with a good hundred, helping his team dominate the game in the final session of opening day.
Notably, Rahul also became the second batsman to reach one hundred in the 2021-23 cycle of the ICC World Test Championship. This is KL Rahul's sixth test hundred and his second against England.
Rahul leaves all fourth stump delivery and didn't care much about the incoming deliveries and knew where his off stump was and covered the swing. As soon as Rohit left the scene, Rahul upped the ante and ended the opening day with a brilliant sixth hundred.
Placed in the position of the Lords, the Indian inaugural pair of KL Rahul (55 hits from 143balls)and Rohitnegated cloudy conditions on a good batting surface during the away team's inaugural track in the first century since the 2007 Tour.
After negotiating two deliveries that went away. Rohit was surprised with one that came in, much to Anderson's delight, who overcame a close quartet to retain his place on the team. Anderson struck again in the 50th over when Cheteshwar Pujara fell to nine after edging outswinger to Jonny Bairstow on the third slip to leave the visitors at 150-2. But Rahul raised the scoring rate after Rohit's departure and ignited his half century.
England, without seamer Stuart Broad due to a torn right calf, called up Haseeb Hamid, Moen Ali, Mark Wood, Zach Crowley and Dan Lawrence.