Twitter erupts as KL Rahul smashes 62-ball hundred; Fastest century by an Indian batsman in ICC Cricket World Cup
Indian middle-order batsman KL Rahul smashed 102 runs off 64 deliveries against Netherlands in Bengaluru.
Local boy KL Rahul’s fireworks in the final overs has helped India post a mammoth total against the Netherlands at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Team India posted 410 runs against the Dutch in the final league game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and gave the Netherlands a target of 411 runs. Team India celebrated Diwali in style against the Dutch and smashed 16 sixes in their innings.
Wicket-keeper batter KL Rahul broke captain Rohit Sharma’s record of fastest World Cup hundred for India. KL Rahul completed his hundred in just 62 deliveries, 1 quicker than Rohit Sharma who scored his fastest in 63 balls against Afghanistan in Delhi earlier this tournament. With his final two sixes over mid-wicket and long-on, Rahul’s name was trending at the top on social media platform Twitter. Fans celebrated Diwali with a magnificent century from KL Rahul in Bengaluru.
Here’s how twitter reacted to KL Rahul’s magnificent century:
Second Indian wicket-keeper to score a World Cup ton
KL Rahul also became only the second Indian wicket-keeper batter to score a century in the World Cup. Rahul Dravid was the first wicket-keeper batter so far to score a World Cup century for India. Rahul Dravid scored 145 runs against Sri Lanka at Taunton. KL Rahul had a magnificent stand for 4th wicket along with Shreyas Iyer (127) and added 208 runs in 21 overs. Rahul smashed 11 fours and 4 sixes in his innings.
KL Rahul took a different approach in his innings today as he took on the bowlers from the first ball and played with aggressive intent in the partnership. Rahul never looked shy of taking his chances and went over the top of the bowler’s head whenever the opportunity came in. Rahul was dismissed right after completing his ton and scored 102 runs in just 64 balls.
Team India had a blistering opening start as captain Rohit Sharma (61), Shubman Gill (51), and Virat Kohli (51) all went on to score fifties. Team India added 100 runs for the first wicket in 11 overs and later on, Virat and Shreyas Iyer took them towards a big total. Shreyas Iyer scored 127 runs in 94 balls with 10 fours and 5 sixes. Netherlands require 411 runs to win the game and qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 in Pakistan.