KL Rahul's Career Stats
|Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)
|#1 & #11 (India)
|Right Handed Bat
|11th June 2016 (ZIM)
|18th June 2018 (ZIM)
KL Rahul's Cricket Stats
# Batting Career Summary
# Bowling Career Summary
Having made his debut in 2014, KL Rahul, today, has become a vital cog in Indian Cricket Team. Counted as one of the versatile cricketers, KL Rahul who was once drafted as a specialist opening batsman is now a prominent number four batsman in India’s limited over’s side. Add to that, he is currently looked as their first-choice wicket-keeper in the time.
It has been a roller coaster journey for the Karnataka batsman in his international cricket. Having made a rollicking start to his International Cricket career, KL Rahul endured a dry run of form for a significant period of time in between, only to get back amongst the runs after 2019 World Cup.
As of now, KL Rahul serves as a valuable middle-order batsman in India’s limited over’s side, besides being an opener in India’s T20 side.
In this article, we look at his complete journey from his early cricketing days to becoming a mainstay in the Indian Cricket Team:
Early Days of KL Rahul
Hailing from Mangalore, KL Rahul was born in a family of academicians. He started playing cricket at the tender age of 10. Two years after he started playing for Bangalore United Cricket Club. With his parent being hard-task masters, KL Rahul had to make a perfect balance between cricket and studies to fulfil his dreams. KL Rahul is one of the few cricketers who have completed their school as well as did their graduation.
KL Rahul's Domestic Career
KL Rahul rose to fame after showing a stellar performance in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup. India endured a bad outing, however, KL Rahul played some master-class knocks for his country. He finished as the second-highest run-getter for the team, scoring 143 runs in six innings at an average of 28.60.
He made his first-class debut for Karnataka in the 2010-11 Ranji Trophy season. He played only three games and scored 105 runs at a dismal average of 21. He missed out in the following season but made a phenomenal comeback in the 2012-13 season. He amassed 400 runs in five matches at an average of 50.
His performance led him to fetch a contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
KL Rahul wreaked havoc in the 2013-14 Ranji season. He finished as the second-highest run-getter in the tournament, scoring 1033 runs in 10 matches at an average of 68.86. He struck 3 centuries and 4 half-centuries.
He continued to score a plethora of runs in the domestic circuit, as the next saw him averaging over 90. He scored 838 runs in just five matches, including 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries.
KL Rahul's International Career
Impressive performances in domestic cricket for a few years meant KL Rahul was called up in India’s Test squad for the tour to Australia in 2014. He made his debut on the Boxing day in the third Test at Melbourne. He fared badly in his first Test, making just 3 and 1 in the first and second innings respectively.
Come the next Test, KL Rahul exhibited his class as he struck his maiden hundred at Sydney cricket ground against one of the finest bowling line-ups. He scored 110 runs off 262 balls.
KL Rahul was drafted in India’s ODI and T20 squad for the tour to Zimbabwe in 2016. He made a century in his debut game against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club. With that, he became the first Indian batsman to do so. In the same tour, he made his T20 debut as well.
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.
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. He also set the world record for being the only player to score hundred in the first innings as an opener in both Tests and ODIs.
Lokesh Rahul was the second Indian batsman after Suresh Raina to score a hundred in all three formats of the game and the fastest batsman to do so.
2019 World CUP: KL Rahul had a modest 2019 World Cup. He scored 361 runs in 9 matches, including a hundred against Sri Lanka. Chasing 264 against Sri Lanka, KL Rahul stitched a wonderful 189-run partnership with Rohit Sharma to help his team cruise to victory. He scored 111 runs off 118 balls, including 11 fours and one six.
Golden Period: KL Rahul has enjoyed a stellar run after the 2019 World Cup. In the 2019 home series against West Indies, KL Rahul enjoyed stellar numbers.
He amassed 185 runs in three ODIs at an average of 61.67, including a century in the second ODI. He averaged 54.67 in the T20 series, scoring 164 runs in 3 games.
KL Rahul enjoyed his best overseas series in India’s tour to New Zealand 2020. He finished the tournament as the second-highest run-getter in the ODI series and highest run-getter in the T-20 series. KL Rahul scored 204 runs in 3 ODIs at an average of 102. He amassed 224 runs in 5 T20 internationals, scoring at an average and strike rate of 54 and 144.52 respectively.
Indian Premier League (IPL)
Owing to his stellar performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, KL Rahul was purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore as a wicket-keeper batsman in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League. He played only 13 matches and scored just 20 runs with the highest score of 12.
The following season he has moved to Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 1 crore. Rahul got more opportunities but couldn’t come up with good performances. He scored 166 runs in11 appearances at an average of 20.75.
Ahead of the 2016 edition of the Indian Premier League, KL Rahul was once again brought back
to RCB. He ended the season as the third-highest run-getter of the tournament, scoring 397 runs in 14 matches.
KL Rahul missed out in the followed season. Kings Eleven Punjab purchased his services in the 2018 edition for 11 Crores. He started the tournament on a brighter note, scoring the fastest half-century in the history of the tournament. He took just 14 balls to reach the feat. He finished the tournament as the third-highest run-getter. In 14 matches, he scored 659 runs at an average and a strike rate of 54.92 and 158.41.
In the 2019 edition, he struck his maiden IPL century off just 64 balls against Mumbai Indians.
Ahead of the 2020 edition of the IPL, KL Rahul has been made the captain of the Kings Eleven Punjab. It will be interesting to see how he fared in the upcoming edition.
KL Rahul's Cricket Career
KL Rahul ODI Career: As of 10th July 2020, KL Rahul has played 32 matches in his ODI career. He has scored 1239 runs at an average of 47.6 and a strike-rate of 87.1. He boasts of the highest score of 112 in his ODI career so far.
KL Rahul Cricket Career: So far, KL Rahul has represented his nation in 36 Tests, scoring 2006 runs at an average of 34.6 with the highest score of 199.
KL Rahul Centuries: Overall, KL Rahul has hit 9 centuries and 18 half-centuries in his career so far. In his ODI career, the Karnataka batsman has hit 4 centuries and 7 half-centuries, while in Tests, he has accumulated 5 centuries and 11 half-centuries.
KL Rahul's Personal Informaiton
Born on 18th April 1992, KL Rahul hails from the Mangalore district in Karnataka. His father, Lokesh is a professor and the former director of National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, while his mother is a professor at the Mangalore University.
Being brought up in a family of educated taskmasters, education has always been the top priority in the family. He also has a sister, named Bhavna. To know more about his family members and his girlfriends, Click Here.
KL Rahul's Social Handles
KL Rahul is considered as one of the most stylish cricketers in the current Indian Cricket Team. He has a vast social media following. He boasts of 6 million followers on Instagram. KL Rahul has been subjected to a lot of social media controversies in his career.
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