Its indeed disheartening to see pressure get the better of the players on such momentous occasions. But unfortunately for KL Rahul, he becomes the 9th cricketer in the history of Test cricket and 2nd Indian to get dismissed on 199.
India have ended their day on 391/4, trailing their English oppositions by another 86 runs. Karun Nair finally made the opportunity count and showed some great nerves when it mattered the most. He came out to bat when the situation was quite precarious as Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara got out in quick succession, but he and Rahul stitched a commendable partnership to put India in the driver’s seat.
For KL Rahul, it will be one hard day but nothing takes the effort he has put in all day long. Talking to Sanjay Manjrekar, Rahul said he finally understood why his coach said every run is important.
It’s definitely hard for him to take in and Twitterati reacted in a mixed way after this. Here are some reactions.
There will be a lot of talk on #KLRahul missing out on a double century. 199 is not a bad score to get!!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 18, 2016
Happiness of scoring 199 runs drowned by the sorrow of not scoring 1 run. Cricket….a game obsessed with milestones. Well played, KL Rahul
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 18, 2016
— Rahul More (@ImRMore) December 18, 2016
Batsmen dismissed for 199:
KL RAHUL * #IndvsEng
— Dhoni_Devotee #Karan (@KaranSi61768238) December 18, 2016
— M Asad Javed? (@asadjaved609) December 18, 2016
Well played KL Rahul, fantastic knock under pressure, 199 is worth 400 #INDvENG
— Prem Mohanty (@philipbkk) December 18, 2016
another tragedy happened in this cruel game kl rahul out for 199 #INDvENG
— Gaurav Tiwary (@GAURAVTIWARY20) December 18, 2016
— Pranav Swaroop (@ImP_Fedal) December 18, 2016
Well played KL Rahul
It is just a single match .you will get more and more opportunities ?????#INDvENG
— #HITMAN's piyuu✨ (@piyuu45) December 18, 2016
It's really heartbreaking to see KL Rahul get out on 199.
Deserving double ton! Brilliant innings. #fb
— Venkat Parthasarathy (@Venkrek) December 18, 2016
I have to say this to people who underestimate Kl Rahul, He is not the person whom to u think rookie, he is legend!!! #KlRahul
— Sachin Surya (@sachingold17) December 18, 2016
Sad to see "KL Rahul" miss a Double Century-he richly deservedit!But with his talent, he'll get plenty more chances! #INDvENG hosts hv edge
— rajan mahan (@rajanmahan) December 18, 2016
Chin up KL Rahul, you played very well. 199 is a great score and has helped India get to a good position in the match vs England.#INDvENG
— Shrikant Shankar (@Shrikant_23) December 18, 2016