Kl Rahul's cricketing career has come to a full circle or better say has taken a huge leap as the cricketer who once made his international debut against a team is leading his national side against the same team at the same venue six years later. Rahul made his ODI against Zimbabwe on 11 June 2016 and six years later, he led India against them on 18 August 2022.
This tells a story about how far the 30-year-old has come in his cricketing career. Rahul himself is aware of his growth as a cricketer as he talked about the same in the post-match press conference of the first ODI. Rahul said that captaining the national side is a validation of his growth as a player. "Captaining India is a validation of my growth as a player," said the 30-year-old at the post-match press conference.
Notably, it was Rahul’s fourth ODI as the captain of the side. He made his captaincy debut against South Africa earlier this year. Although India lost the series, Rahul was decent as a captain. The 30-year-old is also the captain of his IPL team, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Rahul led them to playoffs in their very first season this year.
India thrash Zimbabwe by ten wickets
Coming back to the match between India and Zimbabwe, it was actually a no-match as the Men in Blue thrashed Zimbabwe by ten wickets. After a dominant show with the ball, India got even better with the bat as they chased down the total in 30.5 overs. Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan notched up an unbeaten opening partnership of 192 runs. While Gill remained unbeaten on 82*, Dhawan scored 81*.
Earlier, with the ball, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, and Axar Patel took three wickets each to completely push Zimbabwe on the back foot. While Chahar made early inroads, Krishna and Patel took care of the middle-order batters and tailenders. Mohammed Siraj also took a wicket at the expense of 36 runs in his eight overs.