KL Rahul’s gesture before national anthem at Harare wins hearts. Watch

Team India made a great start to the series vs Zimbabwe, registering a comprehensive 10-wicket win in the 1st ODI in Harare. The side produced an amazing performance all through the match, bowling the hosts out on 189 before Shubman Gill (82*) and Shikhar Dhawan (81*) steered India to a 1-0 lead in the 3-game series. With the ball, the trio of Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, and Axar Patel got three wickets each, while Mohammed Siraj had a dismissal to his name.

The game likewise saw the comeback of KL Rahul to the side; he played in his 1st international game since early February. Rahul likewise led the Indian team in the match on Thursday, and despite the fact that he didn’t get to bat (Rahul shifted himself to middle-order to accommodate youngster Shubman Gill in the opening role), social media was full praise for the Indian skipper because of his heartwarming gesture ahead of the match.

As the teams lined up for the national anthems before the beginning of the match, Rahul took out the chewing gum from his mouth as a gesture of respect. The video of the incident was widely shared on social media.

Rahul was originally set to make a comeback to the team in the T20I series vs West Indies last month, yet had to withdraw from the series after testing positive for Covid-19.