K. L. Rahul

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K. L. Rahul
KL Rahul at Femina Miss India 2018 Grand Finale (cropped).jpg
Rahul at Femina Miss India 2018 Grand Finale
Personal information
Full nameKannanur Lokesh Rahul
Born (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 26)
Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
BattingRight handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleOpening batsman; Occasional wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 284)26 December 2014 v Australia
Last Test3 January 2019 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 213)11 June 2016 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI25 September 2018 v Afghanistan
ODI shirt no.1
T20I debut (cap 63)18 June 2016 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I23 November 2018 v Australia
T20I shirt no.1
Domestic team information
2013, 2016–2017Royal Challengers Bangalore
2014–2015Sunrisers Hyderabad
2018-presentKings XI Punjab
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 34 13 19 68
Runs scored 1905 317 696 5411
Batting average 35.3 35.22 49.71 48.74
100s/50s 5/11 1/2 2/4 14/27
Top score 199 100* 110* 337
Balls bowled 168
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling -
Catches/stumpings 41/- 6/- 6/- 77/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 3 January 2019

Kannanur Lokesh Rahul[1] (born 18 April 1992), commonly known as KL Rahul, is an Indian cricketer. A top-order batsman and occasional wicket-keeper, he plays for India internationally, Karnataka in domestic circuit and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

After appearing for India at the 2010 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Rahul made his international debut against Australia in the 2014–15 Test series at Melbourne. In his second Test match at Sydney, he scored 110, his maiden Test century. He became the first Indian to score a century on One Day International debut, scoring 100* against Zimbabwe in 2016 at Harare Sports Club.[2] He is only the third Indian batsman to score a century in all the three formats of International cricket. He is also the second-fastest batsman to score century in Twenty20, and the second-fastest Indian in all the formats, to score a century (100 for 46 balls),[3] scoring 110* for 51 balls against West Indies on 27 August 2016 which is the second to highest score by an Indian in T20 internationals, after Rohit Sharma's knock of 118.[4][5] Rahul is the only batsman to reach the score of 100 with a boundary on his maiden centuries in all the three formats of international cricket. He holds the record for the fastest 50 in the history of IPL off 14 balls against Delhi Daredevils.[6]

Early life[edit]

Rahul was born on 18 April 1992 to K. N. Lokesh and Rajeshwari in Mangalore, where he grew up. His father Lokesh is a professor and former director at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka in Surathkal, Mangalore, and Rajeshwari is a professor at Mangalore University. Lokesh, who was a fan of the cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, wanted to name his son after Gavaskar's, but mistook Rohan Gavaskar's name to be Rahul.

According to Lokesh, Rahul started playing cricket at the age of 11. At age 18 he moved to Bangalore to study in Jain University[7] and pursue his cricket career.[8][9][10]

Domestic career[edit]

Rahul made his debut in the 2012–16 season, playing first-class cricket for Karnataka. That season, he also represented his country at the 2010 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.Rahul also scored 143 runs in this ICC U19 World Cup.[11] He made his debut in the Indian Premier League in 2013, for Royal Challengers Bangalore.[12]

Later on, he was kept out of Karnataka Team for a couple of seasons but soon returned for the 2012-13 season, then next session of 2013-14 he had massive innings and had scored 1033 runs and became 2nd highest scorer of the tournament.[13]

Playing for South Zone in the final of the 2014–15 Duleep Trophy against Central Zone, Rahul scored 185 off 233 balls in the first innings and 130 off 152 in the second. Although his contribution went in vain with South Zone losing the match by nine runs, his efforts earned him the man of the match award and selection to the Indian Test squad for the Australian tour in December 2014.

International career[edit]

Rahul made his Test debut in the Boxing Day Test beginning on 26 December 2014 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He replaced Rohit Sharma and was handed over the Test cap by MS Dhoni. He came to bat at number 6 and made 3 runs in the first innings. In the second innings, he played at number 3 and made only 1 run. He retained his place for the fourth Test played at Sydney Cricket Ground. He opened the innings with Murali Vijay and made 110 runs, his maiden international hundred.

Returning home after the Test series, Rahul became the first triple-centurion for Karnataka in first-class cricket, when he scored 337 off 448 balls against Uttar Pradesh. His knock included 4fours and 4 sixes. He also made 188 runs in the final against Tamil Nadu and finished the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy with an average of 93.11 in the nine matches he played.

He was a part of the 15-man squad for the tour of Bangladesh in June 2015 but later withdrew due to dengue fever. He then made a comeback for the first Test of the Sri Lankan tour after Murali Vijay was ruled out due to injury. But he did not show any progress as he got out early in both innings for less than 10 runs. In the second match of the series, Shikhar Dhawan lost his place due to injury and was ruled out of the rest of the tour. Rahul replaced Dhawan and made his second Test century, 108 runs from 190 balls, which included 14 fours and 1 six. India went on to win the match to level the series and Rahul was named as the man of the match. His wicket-keeping skills came in handy when Wriddhiman Saha got injured. Rahul took a catch to dismiss Angelo Mathews in the second innings.[14]

He was named in the 15-man squad to tour Zimbabwe in 2016. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on 11 June 2016 and scored a century, becoming the first Indian cricketer to do so on debut.[15][16] He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on 18 June 2016.[17] He was dismissed for a duck, the first time an India batsman has been out first ball in a T20I match.[18]

He was picked in the Indian squad for the four-test tour against West Indies in 2016. Rahul played in the second Test at Jamaica and scored a strokeful 158, his highest Test score then. In the process, he became the first Indian opener to score a century in his debut Test in the West Indies.[19] In the first match of the T20I series in the United States, he scored a century off 46 balls in a losing cause, the second-fastest ever and fastest by an Indian.[20][21] He also set the world record for being the only player to score hundred in first innings as opener in both Tests and ODIs.[22]

Lokesh Rahul set the record for the fastest batsman to have scored centuries in all three formats in just 20 innings surpassing the record of Ahmed Shehzad who took 76 innings.[23] He is the first player in T20I history to score a century when batting at number 4 position or lower (110*). On 3 July 2018, Rahul smashed his second T20 International ton against England.[24] He is also the first Indian batsman to be dismissed hit-wicket in T20Is.[25]


On 11 January 2019, Hardik Pandya and K. L. Rahul were suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) following controversial comments they made on the Indian talk show Koffee with Karan earlier in the month.[26] They were both sent home ahead of the ODI series against Australia and the fixtures of India's tour to New Zealand.[27] On 24 January 2019, after lifting the suspension on Pandya and Rahul, the BCCI announced that Rahul would re-join the squad for India A matches.[28]

Indian Premier League[edit]

Rahul was a part of the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore as a wicket-keeper batsman in 2013. In 2014, he was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for ₹1 crore at the auction. In the 2016 season, he returned to the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He finished the season as the 11th highest run-scorer, and RCB's third, with 397 runs from 14 matches. Rahul missed the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury.

In the 2018 IPL Auction, he was bought by Kings XI Punjab for ₹11 crore, the joint-third highest price for that year. In the first match for Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 IPL season, Rahul registered the fastest 50 (off 14 balls) ever in the history of IPL breaking the record which was previously held by Sunil Narine, who reached the milestone in 15 balls.[29][30] In season 11 he had three 90+ scores.


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