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KL Rahul became the 2nd Indian to get dismissed on 199 AFP

Indian opener KL Rahul missed his first double ton by just one run against England on Day Three of the ongoing fifth Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai. Rahul, who recorded his fourth Test century in his 12th match, toned down his aggressive style of play to take India further, in partnership with newcomer Karun Nair. His 311-ball 199 included 16 fours and 3 sixes. Rahul resumed his knock on Sunday at 30 not out and went on to score his career best by going past 158, which is his previous best. He looked set for a magnificent maiden double hundred but off the third delivery in the 103rd over, Rahul tried to complete the milestone with a boundary but ended up being caught at point by Jos Buttler.

Just before that delivery, Rahul had hit a boundary and there was a loud cheer for him as he had reached 199. Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli were totally thrilled but all went quietg after he got out. Earlier, Rahul did an excellent job of partnering with Parthiv and adding 152 runs for first wicket. It was India’s first century opening partnership in 32 innings even though Parthiv was filling in for regular opener Murali Vijay, who batted at No. 6 due to a bruised shoulder. Rahul also became the 9th batsman to be dismissed at one-run short of double ton and second Indian to do so after Mohammad Azharuddin.

Despite Rahul failing to reach the double ton mark, appreciations and applauds still come in his way. We present some of those from social zone.

During his course to 199, Rahul also broke the previous record of most runs by an Indian opener. Rahul went past Budhi Kunderan’s record of 192 runs against England in 1963-64.