Kananur Lokesh Rahul (born 18 April 1992) is an Indian international cricketer who currently leads Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League and playing for Karnataka in domestic cricket. He is a right-handed batsman and a wicket-keeper also. Rahul made his international debut in 2014, and in his second Test match, he got his first Test century. Rahul was the first Indian to score a hundred on One Day International debut and become the third Indian to score a hundred in all three formats of international cricket.

You need to Know about Early Life of KL Rahul

KL Rahul was born in Bangalore on April 18, 1992, to KN Lokesh and Rajeshwari. Lokesh’s father, a professor and former director of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) in Mangalore, was born in Kananur, Magadi taluk.

Rajeshwari, his mother, is a professor at Mangalore University. Lokesh, a fan of cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, decided to name his child after Gavaskar’s. However, he mistook Rohan Gavaskar for Rahul.

Rahul grew up in Mangalore, where he joined NITK English Medium School for high school and St. Aloysius College for pre-university. He starting his cricket training at the age of ten and, he began to play matches for both Bangalore United Cricket Club and his Mangalore club two years later. And, he went to Bangalore at the age of 18 to study at Jain University and continue his cricket career.

Domestic Career of KL Rahul

In the 2010–11 season, Rahul debuted in first-class cricket for Karnataka. He also played in the 2010 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup for his country, making 143 runs. For Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rahul made his IPL debut in 2013. He was the second-best scorer in the domestic season of 2013-14, with 1,033 first-class runs.

Rahul scored 185 off 233 balls in the first innings and 130 off 152 balls in the second innings for South Zone in the 2014–15 Duleep Trophy final versus Central Zone. And, he was named player of the match and, he was selected to the Indian Test team for the next Australian series.

Rahul became Karnataka’s first triple-centurion when he returned home after the Test series, hitting 337 against Uttar Pradesh. In the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy final against Tamil Nadu, he scored 188 runs and ended the season with a 93.11 average in nine matches.

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International Career of Lokesh Rahul

In the 2014 Boxing Day Test at the MCG, Rahul made his Test debut. MS Dhoni awarded him with his Test cap when he replaced Rohit Sharma. And, he batted at number six in the first innings and scored three runs, he batted at number three in the second innings and scored just one run, but Rahul retained his place for the following Test at Sydney, where he started the batting alongside Murali Vijay and scored 110 runs, his maiden international century.

And, He was a member of the 15-man Indian team that toured Bangladesh in June 2015. However, he had to withdraw owing to a Dengue infection. After Murali Vijay was out due to injury, he returned to the side for the first Test of the Sri Lankan tour, hitting his second Test century and named player of the match. After Wriddhiman Saha was harm during the game, he maintained a wicket.

He was selected for the 2016 tour of Zimbabwe and made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, hitting a century on debut, becoming the first Indian cricketer to do so. Later in the trip, Rahul made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut.

In 2016, he was named to the Indian team for a four-test tour of the West Indies. Rahul hit 158 in the second Test in Jamaica, his best Test score at the time. He became the first Indian opener to make a century in his first Test in the West Indies in the process.

Lokesh Rahul broke the record for the fastest batsman to register hundreds in all three forms, doing it in just 20 innings, beating Ahmed Shehzad’s previous mark of 76 innings.

Ban on Lokesh rahul for Controversial Statement

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) forbid Hardik Pandya and K. L. Rahul on January 11, 2019, following controversial statements they made earlier in the month on the Indian Television show Koffee with Karan. They were both sent home before India’s ODI series against Australia and the tour’s New Zealand matches.

The BCCI stated on January 24, 2019, that Rahul would re-join India A squad after the suspension was raise. He was chosen to India’s team for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in April 2019. In the World Cup against Sri Lanka, he hit his first century for India.

He was appointed India’s vice-captain for the One Day International and Twenty20 International series against Australia in October 2020.

His ODI and T20I series against Australia were average. In the second ODI against Australia, he scored 77 runs and 51 in the first T20I. The ODI series was loose by India 2-1, but the T20 series won by the same score.

He sustained an injury during training and has been out for the remainder of the trip. As a result, he will not take part in the home test series against England in February 2021. For the T20 and ODI series against England, he returned to the national team.

With the bat, though, he struggled. In the T20 series, he had a dip in form, with scores of 1, 0, 0, and 14 before being dropped for the fifth T20. The T20 series was a win by India 3–2.

In the ODI series, he returned to form with a match-winning 62* and a century partnership with newbie Krunal Pandya, who hit 50. In the second match, he continued his good form by hitting 108 runs and forming another 100-run partnership with Rishabh Pant.

IPL Career

Rahul made his IPL debut in 2013 as a wicket-keeper batsman for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He was signed by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 1 crore ahead of the 2014 IPL season before returning to RCB for the 2016 IPL season. With 397 runs from 14 matches, he completed the season as the 11th top run-scorer in the league and RCB’s third. He was selected wicket-keeper in the Cricinfo and Cricbuzz IPL XI for his performance in the 2016 IPL season. Due to a shoulder injury, Rahul miss the 2017 season.

Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) paid INR 11 crore for him in the 2018 IPL Auction and was the joint-third highest price. And, he hit the quickest 50 in IPL history in the team’s opening encounter of the season, taking 14 balls to achieve the milestone and beating Sunil Narine’s record.

His named was selected to the Cricinfo and Cricbuzz IPL XI for his efforts throughout the 2018 IPL season. He made his first IPL century in 2019, hitting 100 not out from 64 against Mumbai Indians, after getting 90+ three times in 2018. He was named to the Cricinfo IPL XI for his efforts throughout the 2019 IPL season.

Lokesh Rahul- King of Orange Cap

After former a skipper, Ravichandran Ashwin transferred to Delhi Capitals. He was appointed captain of the Kings XI Punjab for the 2020 IPL. On September 24, 2020, he hit an undefeated 132 off just 69 balls in a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, he broke the record for most runs scored by an Indian batsman in an IPL match with that century.

He also set a new IPL mark for most runs scored by a skipper in a single game. Rahul scored 670 runs in all 14 matches he played in the IPL 2020 season. He had an average of 55.83 and scored five fifties and one hundred runs, the greatest of which was an undefeated 132 against RCB.

In IPL 2020, Rahul was awarded the Orange Cap for scoring the most runs (670 runs). The Punjab Kings have decided to keep him for the 2021 IPL season.

Batting Career Summary

 MInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100200504s6s
Test40682232119935.17428854.13601227616
ODI38376150911248.68169089.2950911436
T20I48456155711039.921095142.19201213863
IPL887915297813246.532192135.862025261120
Career Results

Bowling Career Summary

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Test40
ODI38
T20I48
IPL88  
Bowling Career Results

 

Indian Cricketer

How KL Rahul comeback as a Test Opener in ENG by Akash Chopra

The road to Kl Rahul’s comeback to the Indian Test team as an opener began with several setbacks. Shubman Gill was out of the England Test series with a wrist injury, and Mayank Agarwal had a concussion-related injury during a training session. India had no choice but to field KL Rahul as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner against England due to a lack of choice in the team.

The right-handed batsman appeared in the first Test at Trent Bridge, making 84 runs, and then followed up with a century at Lord’s in the second, earning him a man of the match honors.

How Lokesh Rahul was able to Comeback as a test Opener for India

“The words ‘eager’ have two distinct meanings: sharp and worried. You are motivated when you first begin. But you have no idea when awareness becomes worried. You begin to focus too much on the outcome and too little on the process. It’s not that you’re not putting in the hours; it’s just that you’ve lost sight of the fun of the game, the melody of the ball striking the bat. Then one day, you stop worrying about the outcome, and everything starts to fall into place again.”

“It wasn’t so much about Rahul’s capacity to thrive at the top that he returned to Test cricket as an opener. You don’t score five Test hundred if you don’t have the abilities. It was his eagerness to do the right thing that drew me in. Was he excited or nervous?” Chopra authored the article.

‘If Rahul’s first innings of the tour, an 84 at Trent Bridge, showed that he is confident in his abilities against the new ball, his century at Lord’s proved that he is back for good. It takes a lot of patience and self-belief to stick around for 18 runs off 100 balls when you know you have the shots to score faster and also insulate yourself from the knowledge that your opening partner has hugely outclassed.

Rahul isn’t in a hurry to get his bat on the ball and is content to let a lot of deliveries alone. He’s also not looking forward to hitting an additional shot on the up. However, he takes his time and waits for the ideal opportunity to increase the ante. It’s not to say that tiny errors will never creep into his hitting or that he’ll never lose his form, but it’s encouraging to see him bat so well right now.

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