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The Indian cricket team opener, KL Rahul has scaled another landmark in cricketing history by scoring his sixth consecutive half century during the second test at SSC Stadium in Colombo. The opener who missed the first test due to a viral fever made a strong return in the second test to put himself in history, alongside legends like Gundappa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid.
The feat has put the 25-year-old ahead of other legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar and Navjot Sidhu who too have set five consecutive half centuries in their respective international cricketing careers.
With 57 runs in the first innings, the opener has gathered 8 test half centuries and 4 test centuries into his kitty in 18 test matches. With an average run rate of 44.89 the batsman from Karnataka leads the average among his contemporary team openers in test cricket. The young batsman stands tall among a band of young talents that the Indian test cricket has discovered in the last few years after the retirement of legends like VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.
With a lot of test match scheduled in the season, the record run is still on for the young opener. Staying fit and strong will be young Rahul’s focus in order to keep him going at this pace of ‘making the legend’. Moreover, maintaining the form has become a real challenge in the Indian cricket, as a multitude of young talents stays in line to play for the country.