Despite missing out on his double ton, KL Rahul registered his highest Test score    IANS
Despite missing out on his double ton, KL Rahul registered his highest Test score IANS

India opener KL Rahul becomes the second Indian player and the ninth overall to be dismissed for 199 in Tests. Rahul played well throughout the day, but chased a wide delivery from Adil Rashid on 199 and Jos Buttler pouched it at cover point during the third day’s play in the fifth Test against England at Chennai. Rahul is only the second Indian player after Mohammad Azharuddin to be dismissed a run short of 200. Azharuddin registered 199 against Sri Lanka in December 1986 at Kanpur. The most recent batsman before Rahul to have been dismissed for 199 was Australia skipper Steven Smith.Smith got the feat against West Indies in June 2015 at Jamaica.

Mudassar Nazar was the first player to be dismissed for 199, which was at Faisalabad in the year 1984. Since then Azharuddin, Matthew Elliott, Sanath Jayasuriya, Steve Waugh, Younis Khan, Ian Bell and Smith have been dismissed for that score. Azharuddin and Elliott did not go on to make even a single double hundred in their careers, while the others managed to achieve this feat at some point in their careers. Rahul too will have many opportunities in the future to get a double century. This however happens to be his highest score. He surpassed his previous best of 158, which he scored against West Indies earlier this year.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs England, 5th Test at Chennai

Rahul’s 199 is now the second highest score by an Indian opener against England.

Here is a list of the batsmen, who have been dismissed for 199 in Tests:

Player For Against Venue Year
Mudassar Nazar Pakistan India Faisalabad

1984

Mohammad Azharuddin India Sri Lanka Kanpur

1986

Matthew Elliott Australia England Leeds

1997

Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka India Colombo

1997

Steve Waugh Australia West Indies Barbados

1999

Younis Khan Pakistan India Lahore

2006

Ian Bell England South Africa Lord’s

2008

Steven Smith Australia West Indies Jamaica

2015

KL Rahul India England Chennai

2016

At the end of the day s play, Rahul looked back on his form and his 199 in this Test. He said, Haven t played a lot, going in and out is not easy, so is finding form. Once I came, wicket was good, did not want to waste opportunity. I wanted to make it count in New Zealand series. Went back in Ranji Trophy. I was killing myself for missing out on [scoring in] Mumbai Test. Grateful for that 199, coaches always speak about that one run. Will try for it [double hundred] the next time.