The talented opening batsman KL Rahul scored one of the most technically accomplished and timely hundreds after the gifted Rohit Sharma showcased elegance, putting India in a comfortable 276 for 3 against England on the opening day of the second Test on Thursday. Rahul scored an unbeaten 127 and joined the list of Indian cricketers to score a century at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Rahul scored a century at Lord’s next to Mankar-Shastri Which Indian opener has scored his last Test century outside the country?
Lokesh Rahul scored that century at the Oval in 2016. But the answer was wrong. This is not the last Test century of an Indian opener outside the country. India have scored a century from the opener at Carl Lord’s. Rahul is also that opener.
India finished the first day of the Lord’s Test with 28 runs for 3 wickets against England. In all, three of these three-figure innings have made it to the Honors Board. Rahul, who remained unbeaten on 127 off 247 balls, is the latest addition. In 1952, Vinu Mankar scored his first century at Lord’s among Indian openers. Virat Kohli’s current coach Ravi Shastri became the second opener after 36 years to score a century there. After 31 years, Lokesh Rahul became the third opener to score a century.
The batsman scored a century with a mixture of great patience and skill. In the words of Indian commentator Harsha Vogel, ‘The first 20 runs came from 105 balls. After that, he took the crease for himself. Both of them have scored four centuries each outside Asia. Sunil Gavaskar tops the list with 15 centuries.
In the first Test at Nottingham, Rahul was dismissed for 74 in India’s first innings. Although he got two ‘lives’ in the innings, the right-handed batsman did not make any big mistake on the way to tomorrow’s century. He made a partnership of 128 runs with opener Rohit Sharma. This is India’s first century in an opening match since a tour of England in 2006.Vinoo Mankad who was the first Indian to grace the Lord’s Honours Boards after he scored 184 runs in the second innings of the 1952 England-India Series, having added 72 to the scoreboard and claiming five wickets in the first.
Lord’s is one of the most iconic grounds in cricket. Every cricketer’s dream is to score a hundred on this historic ground. Lord’s has a unique tradition of honouring exceptional performances by etching players names on honours boards To date, as many as ten Indian players have managed to score a century at Lord’s. KL Rahul is the latest batsman who has registered his name on the honours board. So, let’s have a look at all the ten batsmen who have scored a century at Mecca of Cricket.
Vengsarkar went on to make two more centuries at Lord’s — 157 in 1982 and 126 not out in 1986. Seven years lapsed before Rahul’s unbeaten 127 ended the dry spell for Indian centurions.