Last Updated: November 19, 2023, 19:36 IST
KL Rahul on Sunday surpassed Rahul Dravid to register the best-ever performance as a wicket-keeper in a single edition of the ICC ODI World Cup.
KL Rahul got his 17th dismissal during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
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Incidentally, Dravid had effected 16 dismissals at the 2003 edition and is now the head coach of the Indian men’s national cricket team.
KL Rahul now has 16 catches and one stumping. He is behind only Quinton de Kock (20) with the most dismissals this World Cup.
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Earlier, the Australian bowlers ensured the Indian batting faltered and were bowled out for a below-par 240 all out in exactly 50 overs on a tricky pitch.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul hit 54 and 66 respectively after captain Rohit Sharma’s attacking 47 but the ball dominated the bat on a slow, dry pitch. Rahul hit just one four in his half-century illustrating how difficult the pitch was for shot-makers like him.
On a track where stroke-making became extremely difficult with each passing over, KL Rahul’s composed 66 off 107 is worth its weight in gold but he would have ideally liked to bat till the end having done the hard grind.
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Starc, a left-arm quick, returned figures of 3-55 while fellow pace bowlers Cummins and Josh Hazlewood claimed two each to end the innings in 50 overs.
Wicketkeeper Josh Inglis claimed five catches in a record for a World Cup final. Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc took 3-55 and Australia captain Pat Cummins a miserly 2-34 in his maximum 10 overs.
(With inputs from Agencies)
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