KL Rahul has been in outstanding form in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018). He was bought by Kings XI Punjab for a massive price tag of INR 11 crore and it would be just fair to say that he has done full justice to the trust KXIP management showed in him in the auction hall.
In the match against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday, KL Rahul played a brilliant knock and carried his bat yet again. Unfortunately, KXIP lost the match by 16 runs but it was a lone effort by KL Rahul, who scored 95 runs off 70 balls and keep his team in the hunt throughout the match.
It was a difficult pitch to bat in Rajasthan and KL Rahul showed his class by staying in the middle and score more than 60 percent of his team’s runs. He assessed the pitch brilliantly and didn’t take too many chances in the beginning, even when he kept losing partners at the other end. He is also the new ‘Orange’ cap holder of IPL 2018.
Lokesh Rahul’s effort was applauded by every one and fans on Twitter were all praise for the young batter. Check out some of the best tweets here:
— Kamal Khannal (@Kamalkhannal13) May 8, 2018
KL Rahul is future of Indian cricket. Consistent performer
— अंकित जैन (@indiantweeter) May 8, 2018
KL Rahul carrying his bat again!🔥🔥
What a player!👏🏻👏🏻
Legend in the making.🤘🏻😎
— Parag Bhandiye (@im_parag21) May 8, 2018
— Karthik Balaji (@kbee90) May 8, 2018
KL Rahul scores 95 and next best is 11 runs.. Difference of 84 runs.. Has this happened before in IPL 😅
— Rajendra Prasad Raju (@bhrpraju) May 8, 2018
2nd Game in a Row where KL Rahul carry’s his Bat in the Innings.. Top order has been Solid But Middle Order is going no where.. #IPL2018
— Sagar Gala (@sagargala1234) May 8, 2018
Most consistent batsman so far,
KL Rahul tried his best. Some quality bowling by Archer in the death!#KXIP need to have their thinking caps on as they're batting only depends on 2 players. Need to do more..#RRvKXIP
— NoLifeWithoutCricket (@NLWC07) May 8, 2018
— Left Arm Chinaman (@leftarmchinamen) May 8, 2018
KL Rahul scored 66.43% (95*) of #KingsXIPunjab 's total of 143.
— CricketFTS (@CricketFTS) May 8, 2018
Most Fours in 2018 IPL:
— A M A N 🇮🇳 (@AskAman45) May 8, 2018
— Jean Joubert (@JJJoubert62) May 8, 2018
Congratulations @rajasthanroyals for much needed win. Well played @klrahul11 but couldn't finish as he did in the last game. A very different @klrahul11 this season.#RRvKXIP #VIVOIPL2018 @StarSportsIndia
— Er Md Azharuddin (@azhar4_official) May 8, 2018
Highest unbeaten scores in a losing cause while chasing in IPL:
95* – LOKESH RAHUL v RR, Jaipur, 2018*
94* – Naman Ojha v CSK, Chennai, 2010
92* – Virat Kohli v MI, Mumbai, 2018#RRvKXIP
— Star Sports (@Starsports_six) May 8, 2018
KL Rahul + Jos Buttler = 177 runs.
Rest of the players = 124 runs.#RRvKXIP
— Nikhil Mane 🏏🇦🇺 (@nikhiltait) May 8, 2018