KL Rahul, India’s wicket-keeper batter, continues to tread a path where potential meets occasional frustration. His recent century, the 17th of his international career, adds to his tally under challenging circumstances. However, a deeper look into his overseas Test record paints a complex picture.
Presently in his 32nd Test outside India, Rahul has amassed 1,820 runs. While his seven centuries and five half-centuries showcase moments of brilliance, an average of 31.92 implies a lack of sustained consistency between those remarkable three-figure scores.
Rahul’s fans have reason to celebrate, highlighting his overseas centuries at venues like the Sydney Cricket Ground, P Sara Oval, Sabina Park, The Oval, Lord’s, and SuperSport Park. Notably, he made history as the first visiting batter to register two centuries in Centurion Tests.
However, his Test average of 40.13 across 16 Tests at home doesn’t offer substantial backing.
Contrary to assumptions, KL Rahul doesn’t lead the chart for most centuries by an Indian in away Tests. He shares the eighth spot with former coach Ravi Shastri. To break into the top five, Rahul requires three more overseas Test hundreds.
The stats hint at Rahul’s ability to thrive in foreign conditions but underscore a quest for sustained excellence.