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Top 5 Test Innings By KL Rahul Against SENA Countries

image-lr1xlbhcKL Rahul best knocks against SENA countries [Ap photos]

Cricket fans often measure a player's mettle in the longest format of the game, and KL Rahul has consistently proven himself as a standout performer in Test cricket. His performances against SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia) showcase his adaptability, resilience, and the ability to shine in challenging conditions.

Let's take a closer look at KL Rahul's top 5 Test innings against Sena countries, considering the impact, quality of opposition, circumstances, and match situations.

1. 110 vs Australia (2015) - Sydney, Australia

image-lr1zj6k3KL Rahul against Australia in test [Twitter]

Rahul's resilience and skill were on full display when he faced the formidable Australian bowling attack in Sydney. Opening the innings alongside Murali Vijay, he countered the likes of Hazlewood, Starc, Harris, Watson, and Lyon. Despite the nerves of his second Test at SCG and Australia's imposing first-innings total of 572, Rahul's stroke-filled 110 in 262 balls, with 13 fours and a six, played a crucial role in guiding India to 475 in their first innings. This innings proved instrumental in securing a draw for India.

2. 149 vs England (2018) - Kennington Oval, England

image-lr1zlwhxKl Rahul led India's charge at Kennington Oval [Twitter]

In the fifth Test at Kennington Oval, Rahul led India's charge in a daunting chase of 464 runs. England was clear favourites, but Rahul's brilliant 149 from 224 balls, featuring 20 fours and a six, kept India alive. His partnership with Rishabh Pant (114) added 204 runs, bringing the visitors back into contention. Although India eventually lost the match, Rahul's innings showcased his ability to counterattack under pressure and play a pivotal role in challenging situations.

3. 199 vs England (2016) - Chepauk Stadium, India

image-lr1zmptgMiddle order batsman, Kl Rahul [twitter]

Facing an uphill battle against England's first-innings total of 477, Rahul took it upon himself to change the course of the game. Batting on 199 from 311 balls, he fell agonizingly short of a double century, dismissed by a slow, loopy delivery from Rashid. Rahul's innings, comprising 16 fours and three sixes, played a crucial role in India's monumental total of 759/7 declared. Despite the heartbreak of missing out on a double century, Rahul's contribution helped India secure a draw in a high-scoring encounter.

4. 129 vs England (2021) - Lord's, England

image-lr209gp2Kl rahul against England in test [Twitter]

In the second Test of the 2021 series against England at Lord's, Kl Rahul etched his name on the Honours Board with a masterclass innings. His patient and elegant 129, filled with signature drives, set the tone for India, helping them take a 1-0 lead in the series. Rahul's disciplined approach on a challenging pitch highlighted his adaptability and maturity as a top-order batsman.

5. 101 vs South Africa (2023) - SuperSport Park, Centurion

image-lr1zsv38KL Rahul against South Africa [Twitter] 

Facing a challenging situation with India at 92/4 and later 121/6 against South Africa, Rahul played a mature and composed innings during the Boxing Day (1st) Test. Critics had written him off due to poor form, but he delivered a classy knockout punch with his 101 in 137 balls, featuring 14 fours and four sixes. Guiding India to 245 in their first innings, Rahul's innings proved crucial in testing conditions, showcasing his ability to anchor the innings alongside the lower order and tail-enders.