Indian opener KL Rahul notched up his seventh Test ton and his first Boxing-Day hundred in the first Test at Centurion. He has been the pillar of the Indian batting line-up so far after fall of quick wickets after the initial stand. Earlier in the day, India won the toss and opted to bat first.
KL Rahul added a 117-run stand with Mayank Agarwal (60) for the first wicket. India then lost two wickets at that score as Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara (0) was picked up by Lungi Ngidi of back to back deliveries.
Rahul then added another 82 runs with skipper Virat Kohli (35) who threw his wickets away after looking set for a big score. Kohli’s elusive 71st international ton thus stays adrift at the moment.
The Protean pacers and especially Ngidi has been on the money but Rahul has worked his way through all of them. This is his second ton in 2021 with him having scored one previously against England.
Twitter Reacts To KL Rahul’s 7th Test Ton
Brilliant from Rahul. A century in South Africa is special. Another step towards becoming the player we all knew he could be.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 26, 2021
This is a fantastic knock from @klrahul11 patience and application. See the number of balls he left. First test of an overseas series and to get a century is super special. Well played.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 26, 2021
He has been so so good across all format @klrahul11 brilliant 100 in difficult condition! #INDvsSA
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 26, 2021
Respect conditions, play late, stride forward, weight transfer, dot balls, drives … kl rahul is holding online batting class please watch… what a Fantastic knock👏👏👏 @klrahul11 #INDvsSA
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 26, 2021
Superb century by @klrahul11, built on patience, sound technique and fantastic strokes. Playing according to the situation is the hallmark of quality batsmen. He’s done that
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 26, 2021
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) December 26, 2021
— KLRAHUL TRENDS™ (@KLRahulTrends_) December 26, 2021
Fantastic century by KL Rahul at the SuperSport Park. This is his 6th Test ton Away from home and 7th overall 💯.
🔸Second Opening Batsmen For India To Century in South Africa#Rahul #SAvIND #SAvsIND #BoxingDay #BoxingDayTest #INDvsSA #BetwayTestSeries #KLRahul pic.twitter.com/UYV1ZrOVB9
— Extra Pace (@Extra_Pace) December 26, 2021
— Devarchit (@Devarchit) December 26, 2021
Test 100 in Australia ✅
In England ✅
In West Indies ✅
In South Africa ✅
— India Fantasy (@india_fantasy) December 26, 2021
A phenomenal century by @klrahul11 here at the SuperSport Park.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 26, 2021
Simply sensational from KL Rahul as he brings up his seventh Test century 🔥
What a knock from the opener!
— ICC (@ICC) December 26, 2021
Rahul also joined two Indian batting legends Sachin Tendulkar and present Indian Test captain Virat Kohli in an elite list to become the third batter from his country to score a century in South Africa’s citadel, and 11th overall.
Rahul now has a century in all the countries he has played in – two in England and one each in Australia, India, Sri Lanka. West Indies and now South Africa.