Playing a first-class match after almost 16 months, KL Rahul proved his haters wrong with a brilliant century in the 3-day warm-up match. The Karnataka stalwart staked his claim for a place in India's playing XI for the upcoming Test series with a well-controlled knock. Rahul displayed good technique and temperament as he smashed a fluent knock while other Indian batsmen floundered after getting good starts.
Replacing Rishabh Pant in the eleven, the warm-up game against the County Select XI was very crucial for KL Rahul. He had to grab this opportunity with both hands to be in contention for the Test series against England. Coming into bat at 67/3, the pressure was already on KL before he took guard. Rahul had to steady the innings and he did that without much trouble. KL went on to score a 149-ball 101 before he retired. This innings by Rahul could be very important for him and the selectors now have a headache in deciding the middle order for the upcoming Test series against England.
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Avesh Khan, Washington Sundar feature in County Select XI side
Meanwhile, BCCI confirmed that Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar were both playing for County Select XI against India in their practice match. BCCI also clarified that it was the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that had made a formal request to the Indian team management to let two players from the India join the County Select XI as several of their players were unavailable either due to injuries or coming in close contacts with Coronavirus positive personnel.
Avesh was seen bowling to India captain Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari for County XI. But the Delhi Capitals pacer became a victim of an injury while trying to intercept a shot from Hanuma Vihari and was forced to leave the field. The right-arm pacer injured his left thumb while trying to stop Vihar's shot.