Kannanur Lokesh Rahul was born on April 18th, 1992 in Mangalore, Karnataka. His father was passionate about the legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. So he intends his son to become a cricketer one day. In fact, he even mistook Sunil Gavaskar’s son’s name Rohan as Rahul and hence the name KL Rahul. Both his parents were professors. His father was also a former director of the National Institute of Technology in Karnataka, Surathkal, and Mangalore. At the age of 11, Rahul picked up a cricketing bat and started playing. And by the age of 18, he moved out of Mangalore to study at Jain University and pursue cricket as his career.
KL Rahul is among the high rated opening batsmen in next-gen India. A tall, elegant right-handed batsman he maintains poise and has the ability to keep a wicket, in a crisis. Team India chose Rahul in 2010, to play for the Under-19 World Cup. Later, in the same year, he established himself as a first-class cricketer from the debut. He laid the foundation for Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy victory with 1033 runs, his breakthrough season in 2013-14. The game also awarded him the Man of the Match with three centuries, and three nineties under his belt. With his IPL auction at around $166,000 or Rs. 1 Crore, KL Rahul was finally bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Appearing as a wicketkeeper-batsman, Rahul started contributing for the Sunrises. Some of the Indian cricket fans respected names like Rahul Dravid who impressed fans with their technique and execution. So, Rahul takes Dravid and his technical skills as his mentor. Later, in July-August 2014, Rahul had a middling tour of Australia with India ‘A’ team, where he managed though not with a very impressive score of 52. But during the Duleep Trophy match in 2014-15, Rahul returned in full form scoring double centuries against Australia. Then again in 2016, after his profitable IPL performance, KL Rahul would make it to the Indian T20 and ODI squad on a tour to Zimbabwe in the month June. It was here that Rahul made a record by becoming the first batsman to score a century in a debut match of 50-over cricket.
|Full Name||:||Kannanur Lokesh Rahul|
|Date of Birth||:||18-4-1992|
|Birth Place||:||Mangalore, India|
|Hometown||:||Bengaluru, Karnataka, India|
|Height||:||5’ 11” (1.80 m)|
|Siblings||:||Bhavna (Younger Sister)|
|School||:||NITK English Medium School, Surathkal|
|College||:||Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College, Bengaluru|
|Profession||:||Cricketer (Batsman and Wicket-keeper)|
|Hobbies||:||Watching movies, driving, motorbiking, music and playing cricket|
|Bowling Style||:||Right-arm Medium Bowler|
|National Side||:||India (2014-present)|
|ODI Debut||:||11 June 2016 against Zimbabwe|
|Test Debut||:||26 December 2014 against Australia|
|T20 Debut||:||18 June 2016 v Zimbabwe|
|ODI Shirt No||:||1|
|T20I Shirt No||:||1|
|Teams||:||2010 – present Karnataka, 2013 – Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2016 – 2017 Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2014–2015 Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2018-present Kings XI Punjab|
RECORDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
The right-handed batsman from Bangalore considered as an excellent player with a potential that was beyond par. He had played only a handful of games but in each of these, managed to showcase some excellent cricket. He is already, carving a niche for himself starting with a major century in his maiden T20I. In this format, Rahul was also the fastest Indian to have achieved this feat. (recently, Rohit Sharma only up-handed it). Currently, KL Rahul is a record holder in all three formats of the game where he’s considered as the fastest batsman to score a hundred. As a unique distinction, the Karnataka batsman is the only player who scored a hundred as an opener in his first innings in both ODIs and test matches.
Besides, in one of the Ranji seasons at the age of 21, he blazed the wickets by scoring over 1000 runs. Being dropped from a previous match, the player went on to represent Karnataka in 2013-14 and made quite a noise. He also earned a place in the SRH setup for the upcoming IPL after his 1000+ runs for the state.
On his ODI debut, Rahul would score his first ever century, against Zimbabwe. He was professional in his approach and put up a great batting display with swoops and strokes that whizzed the ball across the parks. In the same series, he would also score a half-century, defining his class.
Rahul holds an esteemed record for India by being the only batsman to have scored centuries across all formats of cricket. This is an achievement that comes right after Suresh Raina. In a T20 match against the West Indies at Florida, Raul would go on to make a score of 110 runs, in 2015. As good as it got, he would even score 199 against England in 2016, in a series, where he exhibited class.
In his first international series, Rahul was also the only one to score his first century. During the Indians’ tour of Australia as well as on many other occasions, the player has proven his worth. Even as he wrecked his debut with a meager 4 runs, the management pursued their faith in him by bringing him back into a subsequent test in Sydney. It was only KL Rahul’s second test yet, but he still scored a century, helping boost India’s score, while maintaining a steady psychological balance at the vast expanse of the Sydney Cricket Ground that would overwhelm any fresh player.
Starting December 26th, 2014, Rahul made a scarce debut when he replaced Rohit Sharma at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. But when he reached the Sydney Cricket Ground and opened the innings with Murali Vijay, it was a jackpot. Though he started small, today, KL Rahul, the budding icon of cricket as he smashes tons as at the T20 Internationals on 3rd July 2018 against England.