KL Rahul 9th batsman to get out on 199
Chennai: Indian opener KL Rahul achieved a dubious distinction of getting out at 199 being ninth batsman in the history of Test Cricket.
He missed his well-deserved double century by a whisker when he played a wide delivery of England spinner Adil Rashid into the hands of Jos Buttler at cover point. It was an unfortunate end to a magnificent innings of Karnataka opener playing his 12th Test.
Australian skipper Steven Smith also finds his name in 199-club. Other players to get out at 199 include Ian Bell (England), Younis Khan (Pakistan), Steve Waugh (Australia), Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka), Matthew Elliott (Australia), Mohammad Azharuddin (India) and Mudassar Nazar (Pakistan).
Incidentally, former Indian captain Azharuddin is the only Indian batsman to get mentioned in this list. He had got out at 199 against Sri Lanka in 1986.
Rahul's inning was second highest individual score as an opener against England after the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, who had slammed 221 runs at The Oval in 1979.
Admitting after the stumps, KL Rahul said he played a horrible shot to get out at 199. "Now I understand the importance of one run what our coaches mean. I will have to live with this," he said.
Ironically, this was the only chance he gave to the opposition after exercising lot of patience and discipline, especially dealing with the deliveries outside the off-stump.