In a thrilling ODI showdown between India and Pakistan at the Asia Cup Super Four, KL Rahul made a stunning comeback after a four-month hiatus. His remarkable achievement of crossing the 2000-run mark in ODI cricket has sent ripples of excitement through the cricketing world.
KL Rahul’s feat was all the more impressive as he accomplished it in just 53 innings, equalling the record set by Virat Kohli. Both players reached this milestone in precisely the same number of innings, showcasing their exceptional batting prowess on the international stage.
However, the Indian cricketing landscape boasts three individuals who reached the 2000-run mark even faster. Leading the charge is the veteran opener, Shikhar Dhawan, who achieved this remarkable feat in a mere 48 innings. Following closely behind are former skipper Sourav Ganguly and the prolific batter Navjot Sidhu, both of whom achieved this milestone in just 52 innings.
Turning our attention to the match itself, the highly anticipated clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan took an unexpected turn as relentless rain and a waterlogged pitch forced the suspension of play at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The ground staff hurriedly brought on the covers, putting a temporary halt to the action.
India, off to a flying start courtesy of skipper Rohit Sharma and the young sensation Shubman Gill, found themselves in a commanding position at 147 for the loss of two wickets when the heavens opened up. The opening pair put on a dazzling display of aggressive batting, hammering the Pakistani bowlers to all corners of the ground during their partnership, which yielded an impressive 121 runs.
In the face of the Indian onslaught, Shaheen Shaf Afridi and Shadab Khan managed to claw their way back into the game, claiming a wicket each. Rohit Sharma (56) fell victim to a soft dismissal at the hands of Shadab, while Gill (58) perished in the following over, failing to pick up the slower delivery from Shaheen and offering a simple catch to Agha Salman at extra cover.
With the rain interruption, the Kohli-Rahul partnership held the key to stabilizing the Indian innings. Kohli (8)* and KL Rahul (17)* showcased their resilience, leaving the contest finely poised before the umpires decided to halt proceedings due to the inclement weather.
The spotlight remains firmly on KL Rahul and his remarkable achievement of 2000 runs in ODI cricket. His journey back to the international arena has been nothing short of spectacular, and it’s safe to say that the cricketing world will be watching his every move with bated breath in the coming matches.