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Twitteratis Call KL Rahul’s Match-Winning Knock ‘Bhagwan Impact’ After India Beat Australia In 1st ODI

KL Rahul scored 75 not out and put together 108 runs with Ravindra Jadeja as India defeated Australia by five wickets at Wankhede Stadium.

Updated: March 18, 2023 9:13 AM IST

By Sports Desk | Edited by Koushik Paul

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KL Rahul celebrates after India's win (L) and with wife Athiya Shetty at Mahabaleshwar Temple. (Image: Twitter)

Mumbai: KL Rahul scored a brilliant unbeaten 75 under pressure and put together a century stand wt Ravindra Jadeja to steer India to a hard-fought victory against Australia in the first ODI on Friday. India lead the three-match series 1-0.

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Chasing a below-par 189, India were 16/3 and subsequently 39/4 before Rahul came to the rescue with a 91-ball knock including seven fours and a six. Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten on 45.

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Soon after, Rahul guided India to victory, Twitter erupted with netizens calling it a ‘Bhagwan impact’. Rahul had visited Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain last month with newly-wedded wife Athiya Shetty, just after India’s third Test match against Australia in Indore.

It was also during the same time when Rahul was being criticised for non-performance in Tests. Here are some of the tweets.

Not only Rahul, but his senior Virat Kohli was also seen with his family visiting temples quite a few times whenever the former India skipper gets a break from cricket. And the result is in front of us as the swashbuckling right-hander got his form back with five centuries across formats in the last six months.

Meanwhile, Rahul’s match-winning knock also garnered his praise from the former India cricketers with Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and VVS Laxman leading the way.

India will face Australia in second and third ODIs on March 19 and 22 in Visakhapatnam and Chepauk respectively. Following India’s ODI series against Australia, Rahul will be seen leading Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2023.

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Published Date: March 18, 2023 9:03 AM IST

Updated Date: March 18, 2023 9:13 AM IST