Yash Mittal ∙ Sep 28 2022, 11:30 PM

This will right up there among the hardest wickets I have ever played: KL Rahul

image-l8lzkqqzKL Rahul [Image Credit- Twitter]

Indian opener KL Rahul attributed the pitch dished out in the 1st T20I against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram as one of the toughest he has ever encountered in his career thus far.

In an era of slam-bang short-format cricket, the pitch at Thiruvananthapuram took everyone to the bygone era as the white-ball swung wildly, leaving the batters gasping for breath.

However, Rahul weathered the storm successfully and eventually made hay when the sun peaked out in the form of South African spinners.

The stylish opener scored an unbeaten 56-ball 51, with his last 30 runs coming in last 19 deliveries.

Rahul finished the game in style as he slog-swept Tabraiz Shamsi for a six to give his side a comfortable 8-wicket win.

Speaking to the host broadcaster, KL admitted that he is extremely satisfied with the fact that he was able to perform in such conditions.

"Definitely, for sure. This will right up there among the hardest wickets I have ever played. They might have played in such conditions. I have played in some difficult conditions, but I have never scored runs there," 

KL Rahul full of praise for the ever-so impressive SKY

image-l8lzjuxlSuryakumar Yadav [Image Credit- Twitter]

But, it has to be said that the innings of the game came from the bat of the ever-so stylish, Suryakumar Yadav.

In a match, which was essentially reduced to a Test in colored clothing, Surya reminded everyone that it was a T20 as he dazzled among the gloom, decorating every corner of the ground with his strokeplay.

Rahul and Surya added 93 match-winning runs, and the former was full of praise for his partner.

"Surya was wonderful. To come and play the way he did, was exceptional. He said to me, you take your time. I am happy to contribute,"

Surya stayed unbeaten on 50 (off just 33 deliveries), 2nd match-winning 50-plus score inside a week.

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