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KL Rahul Aims For Consistency In All Formats After Majestic Ton Against West Indies

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KL Rahul has been one of the most exciting Indian talents to emerge on the Test scene in last year-and-half. The opener proved it yet again by slamming a classy ton on the second day of the second Test against West Indies in Jamaica on Sunday.

With this century, the 24-year-old Rahul has now scored a ton in every overseas series that he has played. His first came against Australia in Sydney where he scored 110 in 2014. Then in 2015, he scored 108 in Sri Lanka in Colombo. And now he has one in West Indies too.

On Sunday, he reached the century-run mark with a clean six off Roston Chase over mid-on. He took 182 balls to reach the three-figure mark. He started off patiently on the second day and increased the momentum gradually.

He ultimately got out for 158 as he edged a Shannon Gabriel delivery to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

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Speaking in the press conference after the end of the day, Rahul stated he is was looking to be confident and build on the good form that he has been in for the last couple of matches. "I tried to keep things simple. I've been in good form for the last 3-4 months. I've been moving well, and hitting the ball really well."

Rahul added that his prime focus was to score consistently in all three formats. "I've been consistent and that's what I want to do as a cricketer, to be consistent in all the three formats. I want to play to the best of my abilities and play my roles and responsibilities for the team. Right now I'm in a good space and the focus levels have been great.

Surpasses Polly Umrigar

He has now got the highest score by an Indian in his maiden Test innings in West Indies. The earlier record was held by Polly Umrigar, who scored 130 in 1952-53 series.

With this ton, Rahul is the first Indian opener to score a century in his first Test innings in West Indies. Overall, he is the fifth Indian player to score a century in his maiden Test innings in WI.

Rahul is the fourth-quickest Indian to three centuries in Test cricket. Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin needed just four innings to get there and holds the all-time record for the country, while Vinod Kambli (6) and Sunil Gavaskar (7) accomplished the feat faster than Rahul, who reached there in 11 innings, the same number of essays Cheteshwar Pujara took to achieve the milestone.

The Karnataka lad became the fifth batsman to score a 150 in a debut innings in the Caribbean. Only Glenn Turner and Andrew Hudson with scores of 223* and 163 respectively, have hit more runs in their maiden innings in Windies than the Indian opener's 158.

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