Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul struck the primary century of Indian Premier League 2020 on Thursday towards Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rahul hammered an unbeaten 132 in 69 balls to assist his facet to a mammoth whole of 206/three in 20 overs.
Virat Kohli-led RCB struggled within the chase and have been bundled out for 109 in simply 17 overs, shedding the match by 97 runs. It was RCB’s first defeat of the season, and Rahul’s contribution made all of the distinction.
The Punjab skipper was given the person of the match award for his efficiency. Rahul’s efficiency invited large reward from former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop and former India opener Gautam Gambhir.
READ | Gautam Gambhir explains what RCB captain Virat Kohli acquired incorrect towards KXIP
West Indies legend Ian Bishop, on ESPNCricinfo’s T20 Timeout appear, stated: “The way he balanced his innings was great. I was sitting there watching those first 50 runs, and outside of the powerplay I was thinking ‘geez, he is just settling there, not anchor it, but looking to balance it’. “
“And I think he did that beautifully. Forget the chances, the way he accelerate towards the end, having batting that deep in the innings, I think it makes him a complete batsman,” he added.
Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul after scoring a century throughout IPL 2020.
Gambhir added: “This was a proper inning. Not even a single slog in the innings to be honest. That is what the quality of the man is. He can hit those cricketing shots and with that much of impact and that much strike rate, he shows what he is capable of.
“I have to agree with Ian Bishop that in IPL, he is probably the no. 1 player at the moment,” he additional stated.
Kings XI Punjab will subsequent face off towards Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.