KL Rahul Cricketer Profile – Age, Achievements, Career, Stats & More

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Born in Karnataka on April 18, 1992, Rahul Dravid’s home state, this young man loved cricket from a young age. His parents supported him all through his career. He, too, did not disappoint. KL Rahul made the under 19 team, but he was later dropped. He returned sharper and better than he was before. When he returned in the following season, he helped Karnataka Brigadiers win the title. 

At the subsequent IPL auction, Rahul drew a lot of interest and was eventually sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for about $166,000. In the season opener, he was a mainstay of their team, mainly as a wicketkeeper-batsman, although his performances with the bat were more consistent than outstanding.

Basic Information About The KL Rahul

Full Name Kannur Lokesh Rahul
Age 29 years
Born In Bengaluru, India
Bat Style Right-handed bat
Bowl Style Fast bowling
Nationality Indian
Birth Date April 18, 1992
Height 1.8 m
Spouse Unmarried
Net Worth $6 Million
Teams India national cricket team, Karnataka cricket team, Punjab Kings

 

Rahul progressed through the levels of Under-19 cricket before breaking into the Karnataka first-class squad in 2010-11 and had a successful debut season. He was dropped out of the squad the next season but returned for the 2012-13 season, when he enjoyed a phenomenal run of form, becoming the season’s leading run-scorer and putting himself in contention for the most prominent honor of all — an India Test cap.

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

Due to Dengue infection, he was forced to withdraw from the 15-man team for the June 2015 India-Bangladesh trip. After Murali Vijay was held out of the Sri Lankan tour due to injury, he returned to the side and scored his second Test century, earning him player of the Match honors. After Wriddhiman Saha was injured, he took up the wicketkeeping duties for the match.

Rahul’s Cricket Batting Stats:

Tests: Rahul has played 40 matches with 68 innings batted. He’s also scored 2321 runs with 199 high scores. He has a batting average of 35.16% and has faced 4288 ball runs. 

He has a 54.12% strike rate, and he has also scored six 100s and 12 50s.

ODI: KL Rahul has played 38 matches played and batted 37 innings. He has 6 not-outs and made 1507 runs. He has an impressive 112 high score with a 48.68 batting average.

Rahul has faced 1690 balls and managed an 89.29 strike rate. He has scored 5 100s and 9 50s.

Career Information

Domestic Debut:

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

KL Rahul hit 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.

IPL Debut:

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

Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) paid INR 11 crore for him in the 2018 IPL Auction, which was the joint-third highest price. He hit the quickest 50 in IPL history in the team’s opening encounter of the tournament, taking 14 balls to achieve the milestone and beating Sunil Narine’s record. He was named to the Cricinfo and Cricbuzz IPL XI for his efforts during 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 chosen to the Cricinfo IPL XI for his efforts throughout the 2019 IPL season.

ODI Debut:

On June 11, 2016, Rahul made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club. He became the first Indian to achieve an ODI century on debut, and he contributed to India’s 9-wicket victory. Rahul has scored 317 runs at an average of 35.22 in 13 matches, including a century and two half-centuries.

T20I Debut:

KL Rahul made his T20 International (T20) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on June 18, 2016. He was eliminated for a golden duck in his debut match and became the first. In a T20I match, an Indian batsman will be dismissed for zero runs on the first delivery. In a match versus the West Indies in the United States, he achieved India’s quickest T20 century (46 balls). 

In addition, he is the only player in T20 history to achieve a century while batting at No. 4 or below 100. Rahul scored his second T20 century against England on July 3, 2018. In T20 cricket, KL Rahul he is also the first Indian batsman to be removed from hit-wicket. He has 879 runs at a stunning average of 43.95 and a strike rate of 149.24 in 27 matches, with two centuries and five fifties.

Test Debut:

On December 26, 2014, K L Rahul made his Test debut against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Later, when opening the batting at Sydney Cricket Ground, he hit 110 runs in his second match. Rahul has 1,905 runs at an average of 35.28 in 34 matches, with 199 being his highest career score. He has a total of five centuries and eleven fifties against his name.

Reference Resource: 

  1. https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/kl-rahul-422108 
  2. https://www.business-standard.com/topic/k-l-rahul 
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KL_Rahul
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