KL Rahul’s brilliant performance in the first ODI against Australia was crucial to India’s victory. Rahul took charge of the Indian innings and remained unbeaten on 75 runs when the top order batsmen disappointed. India won by 5 wickets in a thrilling match at the Wankhede Stadium.
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India won the toss and decided to field first in a match that was expected to flow in runs. Mitchell Marsh’s brilliant batting performance was the only consolation for the Aussies. Marsh scored 81 runs off 65 balls. The Aussies’ innings ended on 188 runs after all the comers returned quickly.
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Mitchell Starc hit back, shocking the Indian fans who were hoping for a quick victory. Starc dismissed Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill. Ishan Kishan was caught in front of the wicket by Marcus Stoinis. With the loss of four front-row wickets, India smelled danger. Then Rahul reached the crease and stood patiently. Rahul gave a mature performance without attempting any unnecessary shots.
Rahul, who brought India back into the match in partnership with Ravindra Jadeja, scored 75 runs from 91 balls accompanied by 7 fours and a six. Jadeja, who faced 69 balls, gave great support to Rahul with 45 runs. Rahul lost his place in the Test squad due to his poor performance in the Border Gavaskar Trophy. With this, former Indian players including Venkatesh Prasad criticized Rahul. However, Rahul has responded to all criticisms with a smashing performance.
Rahul made his stand clear not only with the bat but also on social media. “Anything you hold dear requires patience,” Rahul wrote on Instagram. Rahul’s wife Athiya Shetty also came with a response below Rahul’s post. Atiya’s response was that she was the most resilient person she knew. Former Indian player Kedar Jadhav also came out praising Rahul. This is why he is playing for India. Kedar Jadhav’s words were ‘a great innings from an international player’.
The crucial second match of the India-Australia ODI series will be played in Visakhapatnam on March 19. Chennai will host the third and final match on March 22. Skipper Rohit Sharma, who missed the first match due to personal reasons, will return to the Indian team.
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