KL Rahul played a man-of-the-match-winning knock in two of India’s greatest Test wins in 2021. He scored a scintillating ton at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground in August which helped India gain the upper hand and win the Test. Now, he scored an errorless hundred against South Africa which helped India become the first Asian team to beat the Proteas at Centurion.
While addressing the press conference, India’s stand-in Vice-captain mentioned that this year will go down as one of the greatest years for India. And his assessment seems to be on point, especially for Tests.
India started the year with a resilient draw at Sydney then won an impossible game at Gabba, where Australia hadn’t lost a game in a long time. They went on to dismantle England at home and then created history by leading the series in England by a margin of 2-1 after winning tests at Lord’s and the Oval. Now, the team won their first-ever Test at Centurion to finish the year on a high.
“It’s a super special year for team India. The kind of achievements that we have gotten this year has been truly special. I think it will go down as one of the greatest years in Indian cricket history,” Rahul said at the post-match press conference.
“It has taken a lot of hard work and discipline. We have worked really hard as a team for a few years,” added Rahul.
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Dressing room atmosphere and preparation leads to performance: KL Rahul
KL Rahul acknowledged the positive atmosphere in the Indian dressing room and the hard work of the Indian players for this series which lead to exceptional performances from the players.
“Yes, the dressing room atmosphere is amazing at the moment. It is a great Test victory. No Asian team has come here and won in Centurion and (it speaks of) the kind of work we have put in, in the last two weeks leading up to this Test match.
“We worked really hard as a team and we really had a lot of fun at training and at practice,” the senior opener said.
Rahul termed it as a complete team performance that has set the tone in the first game of the series. India outplayed South Africa in all three departments of the game.
“To go out there in the first game of the series and put up a performance like that which is a complete team performance, it makes us happy.
“We can enjoy this victory for a day and get back to training and start focussing on the next Test match,” said Rahul.
• KL Rahul terms 2021 as one of the greatest years for Indian cricket.
• KL Rahul has been adjudged the Player of the Match for his exceptional ton at Centurion.