Kl Rahul already has 2 Test tons in his kitty © Getty Images (File photo)
Kl Rahul already has 2 Test tons in his kitty © Getty Images (File photo)

Right-handed batsman KL Rahul on Saturday created history when he became the first Indian ever to score a century on debut. Rahul’s record looked unlikely to happen when he surpassed Robin Uthappa’s score of 86 as the highest score by an Indian on ODI debut, but he ensured that he finished with a century. With 2 more runs needed to win for India against Zimbabwe in the first ODI at Harare, Rahul clobbered the only six of the match — off Hamilton Masakadza on the third ball of the 43rd over. Rahul ended up with exact 100 not out off 115 balls, which came with the help of 7 boundaries and one six — the only hit over the ropes in a low-scoring affair. Full Cricket Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs India, IPL 2016, 1st ODI match, at Harare

Rahul added as many as 162 runs in 38 overs with Ambati Rayudu — who himself completed his 1,00 runs in ODI cricket on Saturday — to guide India to  famous win. Chasing 169 to win, India sent their two debutants — Rahul and Karun Nair — to open the innings and finished the game with a massive nine-wicket win. ALSO READ: Rahul, Bumrah shine in India’s win over Zimbabwe

The 24-year-old Karnataka cricketer, who has been a part of the Indian Test side for quite sometime, finally got his chance to play ODI cricket after the selectors named him in the side to tour Zimbabwe. In fact, he is the only cricketer to be named in the Indian squads to tour Zimbabwe as well as England.

Rahul has not played T20 cricket, even though he has had an excellent record in the IPL. He id extremely well in the IPL 2016 tournament, wherein he scored 397 runs at an average of 44.11. ALSO READ: KL Rahul registers highest score on ODI debut for India

As far as Test cricket is concerned, Rahul has shown a lot of promise in the conventional format as well. He made his Test debut in Australia during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2014-15, and impressed with a century at Sydney. During the tour of Sri Lanka in mid 2015, Rahul once again chipped in with a terrific century at Colombo.