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IND vs AUS: KL Rahul Trolled Brutally For Failure In 2nd Test

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India opener and vice-captain KL Rahul was mercilessly trolled on social media following his low score in the first innings of the Delhi Test against Australia.

KL Rahul scored 17 runs off 41 balls before being the first casualty on the morning of Day 2 to Nathan Lyon, who grabbed all the four wickets to fall in the first session, leaving India tattering at 88/4 heading into lunch with a big trail of 175 more runs.

KL Rahul had done well in the last hour of Day 1 to survive in the fading light and against the new ball. He even showed aggression on the morning of Day 2, by dancing down the pitch and hammering left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann over long-on for a maximum.

However, for the most parts of his innings, KL Rahul remained in his shell, looking timid and playing conservatively.

Eventually, he succumbed to a tossed up delivery from Nathan Lyon, the ball staying low and hitting Rahul’s pad, the bat gets stuck a little next to the pad. The umpire Nitin Menon gave him out. Upon review, Rahul could consider himself a little unfortunate as it was the umpire’s call on hitting. But he has more to blame himself than his luck.

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KL Rahul. Image-Getty

KL Rahul has now gone 9 Test innings without going past the score of 25

With the in-form Shubman Gill sitting on the bench, and Mayank Agarwal having a bumper domestic season, the walls on KL Rahul are closing fast; the second innings in Delhi could well be his last chance to save his place in the side for now.

Meanwhile, the fans on Twitter didn’t show any mercy for KL Rahul in trolling him heavily:

Nathan Lyong rips into India’s top-order

After dismissing KL Rahul, Nathan Lyon grew in confidence and took apart 4 wickets in all in the first session on the pitch that assisted him greatly. Lyon showed great control by sticking to his line: Rohit Sharma was bowled before Cheteshwar Pujara, playing in his 100th Test, was lbw for a duck. Shreyas Iyer was dismissed to a superb catch from short leg fielder, Peter Handscomb.

The onus is now on Virat Kohli, who also hasn’t been in great touch in Test cricket, and Ravindra Jadeja, followed by Ashwin and Axar, to take India to parity in the first innings.