KL Rahul

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Kananur Lokesh Rahul (born 18 April 1992) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Karnataka in domestic cricket and captains Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League. He is a right-handed batsman and a wicket-keeper.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul at Femina Miss India 2018 Grand Finale (cropped).jpg
Rahul in 2018
Personal information
Full nameKananur Lokesh Rahul
Born (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 29)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India[1][2]
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleWicket-keeper Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 284)26 December 2014 v Australia
Last Test2 September 2021 v England
ODI debut (cap 213)11 June 2016 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI28 March 2021 v England
ODI shirt no.1
T20I debut (cap 63)18 June 2016 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I18 March 2021 v England
T20I shirt no.1
Domestic team information
2013Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 11)
2014–2015Sunrisers Hyderabad
2016Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 11)
2018–presentPunjab Kings (squad no. 1)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 40 38 49 83
Runs scored 2,321 1,509 1,557 6,218
Batting average 35.16 48.67 39.92 46.05
100s/50s 6/12 5/9 2/11 16/30
Top score 199 112 110* 337
Balls bowled 168
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 49/– 21/2 18/1 89/–
Source: CricInfo, 6 September 2021

Rahul made his international debut in 2014 and scored his maiden Test century in his second Test match. He was the first Indian to score a century on One Day International debut,[3] and the third Indian to score a century in all three formats of international cricket.

Early life

KL Rahul was born on 18 April 1992 to KN Lokesh and Rajeshwari in Bangalore. His father Lokesh, who was born in Kananur, Magadi taluk, is a professor and former director at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK)[4][5] in Mangalore. His mother Rajeshwari is a professor at Mangalore University.[6] Lokesh, who was a fan of the cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, wanted to name his son after Gavaskar's, but mistook Rohan Gavaskar's name as Rahul.[7]

Rahul grew up in Mangalore, completing his high school at NITK English Medium School and pre-university at St. Aloysius College.[8] He started cricket training at the age of 10, and, two years later, started playing matches for both Bangalore United Cricket Club and his club in Mangalore.[9] At age 18 he moved to Bangalore to study at Jain University and pursue his cricket career.[10][11][12]

Domestic career

Rahul made his first-class cricket debut for Karnataka in the 2010–11 season. In the same season he represented his country at the 2010 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, scoring a total of 143 runs in the competition.[13] He made his debut in the Indian Premier League in 2013, for Royal Challengers Bangalore.[14] During the 2013-14 domestic season he scored 1,033 first-class runs, the second highest scorer that season.[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. He was named the player of the match and selection to the Indian Test squad for the Australian tour followed.

Returning home after the Test series, Rahul became Karnataka's first triple-centurion, scoring 337 against Uttar Pradesh. He went on to score 188 in the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy final against Tamil Nadu and finished the season with an average of 93.11 in the nine matches he played.

International career

K.L. Rahul practicing in nets (2019)

Rahul made his Test debut in the 2014 Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He replaced Rohit Sharma and was presented with his Test cap by MS Dhoni. He batted at number six and made three runs in the first innings; in the second innings, he played at number 3 and made only 1 run but retained his place for the next Test at Sydney where he opened the innings with Murali Vijay and made 110 runs, his maiden international hundred.

He was part of the 15-man squad for the Indian tour of Bangladesh in June 2015 but withdrew due to Dengue fever. He returned to the side for the first Test of the Sri Lankan tour after Murali Vijay was ruled out due to injury, scoring his second Test century and being named player of the match. During the match he kept wicket after Wriddhiman Saha was injured.[15]

He was named in the squad to tour Zimbabwe in 2016 and made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, scoring a century on debut - the first Indian cricketer to do so on debut.[16][17] He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut later in the same tour.[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 (110*) while batting at number 4 position or lower. 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]

In April 2019, he was named in India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[29][30] He scored his maiden hundred for India in the World Cup against Sri Lanka.[31] In December 2019, in the first T20I match against the West Indies, Rahul scored his 1,000th run in T20I cricket.[32]

In October 2020, Rahul was named as the vice-captain for the One Day International and Twenty20 International series of India against Australia.

Rahul had a moderate ODI and T20I series against Australia. He made 77 against Australia in the second ODi and 51 in the 1st T20i .India lost the ODI series by 2-1 but won the T20 series by the same margin. Rahul was included in the test squad for the Border-Gavaskar trophy but was not picked in the playing 11 for the first 2 tests. He injured himself during practice and was ruled out for the remaining tour. As a result, he also missed the home test series against England in Feb 2021. He returned to the national side for the T20 and ODI series against England. However he struggled with the bat. There was a dip in his form in the T20 series as he had scores of 1, 0, 0, 14 before being dropped for the 5th T20. India won the T20 series by 3–2.He returned to form in the ODI series scoring match winning 62* and was involved in a 100 run partnership with debutant Krunal Pandya who scored a 50. He continued his form by scoring 108 runs in the 2nd ODI and was involved in another 100 run partnership with Rishabh Pant.[33]

In September 2021, Rahul was named in India's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[34]

Indian Premier League

Rahul in RCB

Rahul made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as a wicket-keeper batsman during the 2013 competition. Ahead of the 2014 IPL, he was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 1 crore, before returning to RCB ahead of the 2016 IPL season. He finished the season as the 11th highest run-scorer, and RCB's third, with 397 runs from 14 matches. For his performances in the 2016 IPL season, he was named as wicket keeper in the Cricinfo and Cricbuzz IPL XI.[35][36] Rahul missed the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury.

In the 2018 IPL Auction, he was bought by Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) for INR 11 crore, the joint-third highest price. In the team's first match of the season he scored the fastest 50 in IPL history, taking 14 balls to reach the milestone and breaking the record of Sunil Narine.[37][38] For his performances in the 2018 IPL season, he was named in the Cricinfo and Cricbuzz IPL XI.[39][40] After making scores of 90+ three times during 2018, he reached his maiden IPL century in 2019, scoring 100 not out from 64 against Mumbai Indians. For his performances in the 2019 IPL season, he was named in the Cricinfo IPL XI.[41]

Rahul was named captain of the Kings XI Punjab for the 2020 IPL, after former captain Ravichandran Ashwin was traded to Delhi Capitals.[42]

In the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 24 September 2020, he scored an unbeaten 132 off just 69 balls. With that century, he broke the record of the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in an IPL match.[43] He also broke the record of the most runs scored by a captain in an IPL match.[44]

In the IPL 2020 season, he scored 670 runs in all the 14 matches he played. He scored 5 fifties and 1 hundred with the highest score of unbeaten 132 against RCB and also had an average of 55.83.[45]

Rahul won the Orange Cap in IPL 2020 for scoring most runs in IPL 2020 (670 runs).[46] He was retained by the Punjab Kings ahead of the 2021 IPL season.[47]


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