KL Rahul’s growth as a cricketer became exponential especially in the last couple of years as he has become one of the major players for the Indian team in all the formats. He is a great asset as he performs well in overseas conditions. He is also the vice-captain of the Men in Blue in the white ball formats.
While Rahul played the pivotal role in India’s win in Centurion in 1st test against South Africa, he was made the skipper of the team in the ongoing 2nd match where Virat Kohli missed out due to back spasm.
However, during a mini-collapse of India’s batting order in the first session of day one, the opening batsman was warned by the umpire, and was asked to be a ‘little quicker’. While the absence of crowds at the venue of a match is definitely a negative aspect for many reasons, the plus point of it is the fact that the stump microphone picks event the softest of the conversations. Thus, during the first hour of the second Test, the on-field umpire Marais Erasmus was heard giving a gentle warning to the part-time skipper.
During the fifth over of the first innings, South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada came running in to bowl the third ball of the over, only for Rahul to pull out in the very last moment. It seemed as if the batter wasn’t ready to face the delivery and thus, stopped the bowler at the very last moment. Although he was quick to apologise, the umpire asked him to be a bit quicker.