IND vs SA: KL Rahul joins Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli in the elite list with a magnificent century in Centurion

On the first day of the first Test against South Africa at the Centurion, Indian opener KL Rahul made history by being the seventh Indian to score a century in a Test match.

After Wasim Jaffer’s 116 in the 2007 series in Cape Town, Rahul became only the second Indian opener to achieve a century in a Test in South Africa. He also became the third visiting opener in Test cricket to hit a century at the Centurion, joining Australia’s David Warner and West Indies’ Chris Gayle, and the 54th touring batter to reach the three-figure milestone in a Test in South Africa. Rahul has now scored a century in every country he has visited, including two in England and one each in Australia, India, and Sri Lanka. Now it’s the turn of the West Indies and South Africa.

Rahul also joined two Indian batting superstars, Sachin Tendulkar and current Indian Test captain Virat Kohli, in an exclusive club, becoming the third Indian batter to score a century in South Africa’s stronghold and the 11th overall. India got off to a flying start in the first Test at SuperSport Park, with Rahul and Mayank compiling a 117-run partnership. India’s 11-year wait is over, as the pair became the third opening combination to achieve the feat in a Test match in South Africa.

Mayank had scored his sixth half-century en route to the achievement before a dubious DRS review ended his 60-run stint at the crease. After losing Cheteshwar Pujara for a rare golden duck, India was resurrected by Rahul and Kohli’s 82-run fourth-wicket stand, in which the 33-year-old made 35 before succumbing to Lungi Ngidi, extending his century drought in international cricket.

India is attempting to win their first Test series in South Africa. India had lost six of their previous seven excursions to the Rainbow Nation, with one match ending in a tie.