New Delhi: His debut against the Aussies in the third Test of the ongoing four-match series was nothing less than a nightmare. But Lokesh Rahul turned around things at Sydney, where he silenced all the critics with a maiden Test ton.
He threw away his wicket in both the innings at Melbourne with two loose strokes. While the selectors had gambled with him ahead of Rohit Sharma, Rahul faliled to live up to the faith and could accumulate just 4 runs.
But while he batted at two different positions rather than opening the innings, something he did wonderfully for Karnataka in domestic cricket, the selectors persisted with him for another Test and the youngster made sure to grab the opportunity.
After India lost the wicket of Murali Vijay without any runs on the board, Rahul stitched crucial 97 runs for the second wicket along with Rohit Sharma (53). Once Rohit failed to capitalise on the start, Rahul stitched another 141 runs with skipper Virat Kohli.
After scoring 110 runs, Rahul once again perished off a loose stroke, this time off an attempted pull shot which was caught by Mitchell Starc.
Ahead of the final Test, while many were shocked to see selectors dropping Cheteshwar Pujara and reposing their faith in Rahul, the youngster for sure has won praise from all corners for his valiant effort.