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IPL 2022: KL Rahul Got Trolled Badly For His ‘Golden Duck’

It was the worst possible start for KL Rahul.

Lucknow Super Giants and their captain KL Rahul had a horror start to their IPL 2022 campaign as the opener was dismissed for a golden duck – only his second in his IPL career; the last one being in 2016.

On the other hand, for the other debuting franchise, Gujarat Titans, it was a dream start provided to them by Mohammed Shami as he dismissed Lucknow’s linchpin on the very first ball of their encounter on Monday at the Wankhede Stadium.


It was an almost unplayable delivery to start off from Shami to Rahul: on full length and swung in little, and straightened on pitching. KL Rahul looked to play the line of ball with it swinging in, tried a defensive push, but had his bat slightly – just slightly open – and nicked it while the bat wasn’t even down yet.

Shami and keeper Matthew Wade and the Titans fielder went up in the appeal but the umpire denied it; it seemed as if the noise came from Rahul hitting his pad with the bat. But, after Hardik Pandya, the Titans skipper, had reviewed the decision, it was clear that the noise came from the ball taking the outside edge of Rahul’s bat. The on-field umpire was asked to change his decision to out, and the Super Kings captain had to walk back to the dugout just minutes after coming out of it earlier.

This – the golden duck – was KL Rahul’s only second duck in his IPL career; incidentally, his previous duck came against the previous franchise from Gujarat – Gujarat Lions – 56 IPL innings ago in 2016.

KL Rahul is coming after an injury layoff and a golden duck wasn’t something he would have liked to have on his return.

The fans on social media trolled the LSG skipper KL Rahul heavily for his unsuccessful return to the cricket field:

Jatin Khandelwal

Hi, I am Jatin Khandelwal. Cricket writing came accidentally for me with an undergrad engineering degree. With opportunities first as a freelancer and then full-time, and experience with time, I have grown in the role. The Cricket Lounge is a place where I can thrive with the best of my abilities.

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