Neesham and KL Rahul
New Zealands James Neesham (L) looks on as Indias Manish Pandey (C) and KL Rahul (L) touch gloves during the third One Day International cricket match between New Zealand and India at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on February 11, 2020.

Jimmy Neesham challenged KL Rahul for a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissor” after defeating India by five wickets in the 3rd ODI match. Which leads to a clean sweep in ODI format for India.

Friendly Banter

KL Rahul responds via twitter for the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” game challenged by Kiwi’s all-rounder Jimmy Neesham. Jimmy Neesham tweet a picture with KL Rahul after the third One-day International in that Neesham challenged KL Rahul for a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissor”

Bantle between KL Rahul and Nessam
Bantle between KL Rahul and Nessam

Playing partners in IPL

KL Rahul replies “Let’s settle this in April” through twitter which means in IPL. Where these play under a single roof, as Neesham roped in for Kings XI Punjab. As the Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin from March 29 both the players will be playing for Kings XI Punjab.

Neesham also commented on Rahul’s run-scoring spree and asked him to save some runs for the upcoming IPL, Where Rahul leads the Kings XI Punjab.

KL Rahul’s Record

Rahul showed his glorious form in the New Zealand ODI matches by scoring 202 runs in total with an average of 102 that includes a century and a half-century. KL Rahul list number of Individual records after his 4th Hundred in New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI.

  • This is the first ODI hundred by an Indian player batting at #5 or below since MS Dhoni’s 134 against England at Cuttack in Jan 2017
  • KL Rahul scored his 4th ODI hundred and second wicketkeeper to score outside Asia after Rahul Dravid(145 vs SL Taunton 1999).
  • KL Rahul’s four ODI centuries came in four different countries. He is only the 2nd Indian to score each of his first four ODI hundreds in different nations. Yuvraj Singh’s first six ODI centuries came in different countries
  • Rahul is only the 2nd Indian to score 200+ runs while batting at No.5 in a bilateral ODI series outside Asia. Previously Rohit Sharma scored 257 runs while batting at No.5 during the 2011 5-match ODI series against West Indies in West Indies.
KL Rahul's 4th ODI hundred
KL Rahul’s 4th ODI hundred

India lost the match in 3rd ODI and whitewashed in an ODI series after 31 years that consist of 3 or more matches.

Clash after a sweep for a sweep

After a sweep for a sweep, as Kiwis whitewashed in T20I against India. These two once again clash in the two-match Test series starting February 21.