New Delhi: Ravichandran Ashwin, who himself got another 5-for against West Indies on Day 1 of second Test in Kingston, lauded the performance of opener KL Rahul, who scored 75 not-out by the ned of the day.
Rahul, who replaced injury Murli Vijay in the line-up, now has a nickname given by none other than Ashwin.
The off-break bowler nick-named the Karnataka batsman, 'Batting Machine' for his performances thus far.
"He has two Test centuries in two countries, and it doesn't really matter because two Test centuries are huge. And from what I think about Rahul, he's a fine player. We all know that he's a quality cricketer," he said.
"He's made a lot of runs in First Class cricket. And when he has made hundreds for us, it has been crucial knocks. He made one in Sri Lanka, which is very memorable. As a matter of fact, the way he played in the IPL, it's just an extension. Everybody wants Rahul to do well, which is a big tick for him.
"I've nicknamed him batting machine. He keeps batting all the time and it's not a surprise that he's made runs and I'm very happy for him," Ashwin added.
(With Agency inpurs)