KL Rahul

India
Age
April 18, 1992 (29 years)
Role
Wicket Keeper
Birth Place
Bangalore, Karnataka
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
-

Kannur Lokesh (KL) Rahul was born on 18 April 1992. He plays for Karnataka in Indian domestic cricket and has been appointed captain of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL (Indian Premier League). Besides his great batting skills, Rahul is good at wicket keeping and performs this task in limited overs.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
76
29
6
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

India, Asia XI, India A, Indian Board Presidents XI, South Zone, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab, India Under-19, Karnataka, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Southern Champs, India Under-23, Ballari Tuskers, Hubli Tigers, Bangalore Brigadiers

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
40
39
6
1623
112*
49.18
1798
90.27
6
14
127
40
T20I
47
44
6
1537
110*
40.45
1077
142.71
2
13
136
62
Test
34
56
2
1905
199
35.28
3282
58.04
5
11
225
14
IPL
82
73
14
2679
132*
45.41
1971
135.92
2
23
239
104

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
40
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
47
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
34
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
82
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

KL Rahul: Promises to Keep

Rahul is a holder of multiple records. He debuted in Tests in 2014 and cracked his first Test hundred in his second match. He is the first player from India to score a hundred on ODI debut. Moreover, this cricketer has scored centuries in all 3 international cricket formats.

Early Life

Rahul’s parents are both professors and his father Lokesh has always admired Sunil Gavaskar. Lokesh wished to name his child after Gavaskar’s son, but made a mistake, mixing two names: Rahul and Rohan.

Rahul started playing cricket seriously at the age of 10 and began appearing in club matches when he was 12. He played for Bangalore United Cricket Club as well as a Mangalore club. Having turned 18 years old, he moved to Bangalore to study in a college and, of course, play cricket.

Domestic Career

Rahul debuted for Karnataka during the 2010 – 2011 season. He was a part of India’s team in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup and managed to score 143 runs in the tournament. His IPL debut was in 2013 for RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore). In 2013 – 2014, he achieved 1,033 runs in first-class cricket, the second-highest result that season.

In the 2014-2015 Duleep Trophy final, Rahul smashed a hundred in each innings. This made selectors notice this ambitious player and they picked him for the tour of Australia that season. After that Test series, KL Rahul scored 337 against Uttar Pradesh to become the first player from Karnataka to score a first-class triple century. He notched up 188 in the 2014 – 2015 Ranji final, playing against Tamil Nadu, and completed the season with a 93.11 average in 9 matches.

IPL Career

Rahul played for RCB as a wicket-keeper-batter during the 2013 IPL season. He was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 1 crore for the next year’s season. Rahul returned to RCB in 2016 and scored 397 in 14 games, the team’s third-biggest result. In 2017, he got his shoulder injured and missed that year’s IPL season.

During the 2018 auction, Kings XI Punjab paid INR 11 crore to have Rahul play for them. It was worth every penny as Rahul smashed the quickest IPL 50, in just 14 balls. He excelled in most of the other games too and notched up over 90 scores on three occasions in 2018. Rahul’s first IPL century came in 2019 versus Mumbai Indians when he cracked an unbeaten 100 off 64. He had a good 2019 season and Cricinfo put his name in its IPL XI. In 2020, Kings XI Punjab appointed Rahul captain of the team.

ODI Career

Rahul’s ODI debut was in 2016 against Zimbabwe and he scored a hundred in this match. In January 2019, he got embroiled in a controversy for his comments made in a TV talk show. The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) banned him for a couple of weeks and revoked it after Rahul had made an apology. Rahul took part in the 2019 ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, scoring a hundred in a game against Sri Lanka. As of June 2020, he has played in 32 ODIs, amassing 1,239 runs at an average of 47.65 with 4 hundreds and 7 fifties. His strike rate in ODIs is an impressive 87.06.

Test Career

Rahul’s Test debut was in the Boxing Day game held in Australia in 2014. He was out in single digits in both innings. However, during the second Test at Sydney, he cracked a hundred. He next played in the Test series versus Sri Lanka in 2015 and notched up a hundred in the first game. During the 2016 West Indies tour, Rahul became the first opener from India to crack a hundred on debut. As of June 2020, he has played in 36 tests and scored 2006 runs at an average of 34.58 with 5 hundreds and 11 fifties.

T20I Career

Rahul’s T20I debut took place during the 2016 Zimbabwe tour. Also in 2016, he cracked an unbeaten 110 off 46 versus the Windies in a T20 international. With this century Rahul set a record for the quickest T20I hundred ever made by an Indian player. Moreover, it was the first century scored by a player batting at number 4 position or lower. Rahul reached the milestone of 1,000 runs in T20Is in December 2019, playing against the Windies. By June 2020, he has played in 42 T20Is and scored 1461 runs at an average of 46.65 and strike rate of 146.10 with 2 hundreds and 11 fifties.

Potential for Continued Success

Rahul is currently only 28 years old and shows a lot of promise of excelling in all three formats of the game. If he keeps on mastering his skills and plays diligently, he is sure to be a great asset to India in international cricket for many years to come.

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