KL Rahul on cusp of attaining special feat in India vs Bangladesh 3rd T20I in Nagpur
KL Rahul has not got enough time in the middle during the ongoing India-Bangladesh T20Is. While he came out to bat before the end of the first over in the series opener, in New Delhi, the right-hander perished for a 17-ball 15 and looked rusty, to say the least. On the other hand, he remained unbeaten on 8 (off 11 balls) in India's successful run-chase of 154 in the second and penultimate tie in Rajkot on Thursday (November 7).
With a missed opportunity in the first match and coming onto bat when the writing was on the wall in the following fixture, Rahul will be eager to make an impression in the series decider of the three T20Is in VCA Stadium, Nagpur on Sunday (November 11). Ahead of the concluding match, Rahul stands on the cusp of attaining an individual landmark. The 27-year-old needs 78 more runs to achieve the 1000-run mark in the shortest format of the game. If he does so in the final T20I, he will complete the feat in 28 innings. He will also become the third-fastest to the 1000 runs in the format.
Rahul had a good 2019 World Cup, where he filled in as an opener following Shikhar Dhawan's injury. He ended the showpiece event with 361 runs at 45.12. Nonetheless, he hasn't played an ODI since then. Hence, he will be on his toes to contribute in the final tie and not be sidelined from the T20I line-up.
Talking about the series, Bangladesh won the series opener comfortably by seven wickets and earned their first-ever win versus India in the format. In the second match, Rohit and Co. bounced back with a disciplined bowling performance to restrict the Bangla Tigers for 153 for 6 before chasing down the total courtesy Rohit's 85 with 26 balls to spare. With the preparations going in full flow for the World Twenty20 (WT20I) in Australia next year, Rahul will need few big innings to cement his spot.