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Kannur Lokesh Rahul[2] (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.

K. L. Rahul
KL Rahul at Femina Miss India 2018 Grand Finale (cropped).jpg
Rahul in 2018
Personal information
Full nameKannur Lokesh Rahul
Born (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 27)
Mangaluru, Karnataka, India
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1]
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleOpening batsman, 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 ODI10 March 2019 v Australia
ODI shirt no.1
T20I debut (cap 63)18 June 2016 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I27 February 2019 v Australia
T20I shirt no.1
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2010–presentKarnataka
2013Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 11)
2014–2015Sunrisers Hyderabad
2016Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 11)
2018–presentKings XI Punjab (squad no. 1)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 34 13 19 68
Runs scored 1,905 317 696 5,411
Batting average 35.30 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: CricInfo, 10 March 2019

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

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Early life

Rahul was born on 18 April 1992 to K. N. Lokesh and Rajeshwari in Mangalore; his father Lokesh is a professor and former director at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka in the city and his mother 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 as Rahul.

Rahul grew up in Magalore and started playing cricket at the age of 11. At age 18 he moved to Bangalore to study at Jain University[4] and pursue his cricket career.[5][6][7]

Domestic career

Rahul made his first-class cricket debut for Karnataka in the 2012–13 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.[8] He made his debut in the Indian Premier League in 2013, for Royal Challengers Bangalore.[9] During the 2013-14 domestic season he scored 1,033 first-class runs, the second highest scorer that season.[10]

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

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.[11]

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.[12][13] He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut later in the same tour.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16][17] He also set the world record for being the only player to score hundred in first innings as opener in both Tests and ODIs.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20] He is also the first Indian batsman to be dismissed hit-wicket in T20Is.[21]

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."Aaj karke aya main".[22] They were both sent home ahead of the ODI series against Australia and the fixtures of India's tour to New Zealand.[23] 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.[24]

In April 2019, he was named in India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[25][26]

Indian Premier League

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 IPR 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. Rahul missed the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury.

In the 2018 IPL Auction, he was bought by Kings XI Punjab for IPR 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.[27][28] 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.

References

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  4. ^ http://www.jainuniversity.ac.in/Notable-Alumni-of-Top-University-in-India.php
  5. ^ "Boxing Day Test: Who is KL Rahul?". www.oneindia.com. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Rahul's dad, a Gavaskar fan, happy son is selected for Aus tour as opener". Rediff. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Steady climber Lokesh Rahul reaches the top with trip Down Under". The Indian Express. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  8. ^ "KL Rahul Biography, Achievements, Stats, Career info & Records - Sportskeeda". www.sportskeeda.com. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
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  11. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-india-2015/content/story/911249.html
  12. ^ "India tour of Zimbabwe, 1st ODI: Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 11, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  13. ^ "India 173/1 (42.3 ov, KL Rahul 100*, AT Rayudu 62*, H Masakadza 0/19) – Match over | Live Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  14. ^ "India tour of Zimbabwe, 1st T20I: Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 18, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
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  16. ^ "Most runs, most sixes, and two seriously quick hundreds". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Bravo magic seals one-run win in 489-run T20I". espncricinfo. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Rahul becomes first to score hundred in first innings as opener in Tests and ODIs - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  19. ^ "KL Rahul quickest to score tons in all 3 formats". Inshorts - Stay Informed. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Records | Twenty20 Internationals | Batting records | Most runs in an innings (by batting position) | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  21. ^ "Nidahas Trophy 2018, Sri Lanka vs India, 4th T20I – Statistical Highlights". CricTracker. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul suspended pending inquiry". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul both suspended with immediate effect". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Pandya to join India squad in New Zealand, Rahul to play for India A". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  25. ^ "Rahul and Karthik in, Pant and Rayudu out of India's World Cup squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  26. ^ "Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar in India's World Cup squad". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  27. ^ "RCB vs KKR match: After Lokesh Rahul's fastest IPL fifty, Sunil Narine slams 17-ball 50 in IPL 2018, Match 3". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  28. ^ "Rahul floors Daredevils with fastest ever IPL fifty". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 April 2018.

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