Rohit Sharma said he had never seen KL Rahul bat better after his opening partner’s unbeaten century left India well-placed on 276-3 at stumps on the first day of the second Test against England at Lord’s on Thursday.
Rahul was initially outshone by Rohit, who made 83 in their fine stand of 126 – the first century partnership by an overseas opening pair in a Test in England since 2016, when Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva also achieved the feat at Lord’s.
It was also India’s first century opening partnership in a Test outside Asia since 2010.
But, while patient in defence, Rahul was still 127 not out at the close, having batted for more than six-and-a-half hours.
“It was probably the best I have seen KL bat,” Rahul told reporters. “He was very much in control from ball one. He was very clear with his plans. I thought today was his day and he really made…