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KL Rahul

Full NameKannanur Lokesh Rahul

BornApril 18, 1992

Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

NationalityIndian

RoleBatsman / Right hand Batsman

Relation(s)KN Lokesh (Father),Rajeshwari (Mother), Bhavana (Sister)

K.L. Rahul Biography


Kannaur Lokesh Rahul, popularly known as K.L. Rahul is an Indian cricketer born on 18th April 1992 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He plays primarily as a right-handed opening batsman for both the Indian cricket team as well as for his state Karnataka.


He is an occasional wicket-keeper as well. He is the only Indian batsman to score seven consecutive test fifties when he scored 85 at Pallekele against Sri Lanka in 2017.


Background


Rahul made made his first-class debut in the Ranji Trophy for Karnataka in the 2010-11 season against Hyderabad. He represented India in the 2010 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and scored 143 runs in six innings.


He was left out of the Karnataka squad for the following season but returned for the 2012-13 season. In 2013-14 season, he scored 1033 runs as he became the 2nd highest run scorer of the tournament and helped Karnataka to the Ranji Trophy crown.


This helped him earn a contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 Indian Premier League.


Debut


Rahul’s performances in the 2014-15 Duleep Trophy saw him earn a spot in the Indian squad to tour Australia in December 2014.


He eventually made his debut in the Boxing Day Test Match in Melbourne in place of Rohit Sharma. He made 3 and 1 in each innings of the test match.


In the following test match in Sydney, Rahul made a magnificent 110 opening the batting, sharing 141-run partnership with skipper Virat Kohli.


He was dropped after unimpressive performances in Sri Lanka where he scored only 126 runs in six innings, even though it included a 108 in the second test match.


Rise to Glory

 

Rahul was selected in the Indian team to visit Zimbabwe in 2016 and scored a 100 on his ODI debut at Harare on 11th June.


He was then picked in the Indian squad to tour West Indies in 2016 where he scored a delightful 158 in Jamaica, thus becoming the first Indian opener to score a century in his debut test in West Indies.

In the consequent T20 series, he scored a ton off 46 balls on his debut in Lauderhill. However, India lost the match by a margin of just one run.


After a few injuries which kept him away from cricket, Rahul ultimately came back to score his first hundred on home soil when he scored a ton against England at Chennai in December 2016. He looked set for a double hundred but he played a false stroke and got dismissed for 199.


 

Low points

 

Lokesh Rahul was tried at number four during India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2017. He scored only 28 runs in 3 outings at the position in an experiment which went horribly wrong. Since then, he has found himself out of the Indian team in ODI’s.


Club Career

 

Following some largely unimpressive IPL performances in 2014 and 2015 for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Lokesh Rahul was transferred to the Royal Challengers Bangalore before the tournament in 2016.


He had his best IPL season with 397 runs at an average of 44.11 and a strike rate of 146. He helped his team to the final where they were beaten by his former employers Sunrisers.


Records


When K.L. Rahul scored his maiden T20I hundred on debut, he became the fastest Indian to score a ton in the format. He was recently usurped by Rohit Sharma.


He currently holds the record for being the fastest to score a hundred in all three formats of the game.


The Karnataka batsman has the unique distinction of being the only player to score a hundred in his first innings as an opener in both Tests and ODIs.

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