About KL Rahul
India is a country full of cricket lovers. Indian nation has a divine talent of cricket in their veins and they have produced many extraordinary cricket players in the past. Cricket is not a national game of India but the love for the cricket is more than a national game in the Indian nation. It is a dream of many children of India to become a star in the cricket game. India is a nation of 1.3 billion people and according to a survey near about 400 million people watches the matches of cricket and they have an intense interest in cricket.
|Full Name||Kannur Lokesh Rahul|
|Father's Name||Dr. K. N. Lokesh|
|Date of Birth||April 18, 1992|
|Birth Place||Mangaluru, Karnataka|
Kannur Lokesh Rahul usually known as KL Rahul is the emerging star of Indian cricket. He was born on April 18, 1992. He is a right-handed batsman and plays in the top order of Indian batting line and also performed as a wicketkeeper occasionally. He gives his service in Indian team internationally, plays in domestic cricket of India from the side of Karnataka cricket team and also plays in Indian Premier League for Kings XI Punjab team. After the selection in ICC Under-19 World Cup 2010, Rahul made his debut in the International test match against Australia at the stadium of Melbourne during the year 2014-2015. He made his first century in that series in the second match where he made 110 runs against Australia.
He is also the first Indian batsman who made his century in the debut match in One Day International match and that century he made against Zimbabwe during the year 2016 at the Harare Sports Club. He also holds the record of the third batsman in India who made centuries in all the three formats of cricket. He is also the second batsman who made fastest T20 century and he also made his fastest century in ODI on August 27, 2016, where he made 100 runs on just 46 balls. Rahul made his T20 century against West Indies and became the second batsman of India who made fastest century 110 (51) after Rohit Sharma who made 118 runs. He is the only batsman in the history of cricket who made his century with a boundary in all the three formats of international cricket. He also has a record of fastest fifty in the history of IPL where he made stunning rapid fifty on just 14 balls against the team of Delhi Daredevils.
Early Life of KL Rahul
Rahul is the son of Kannadiga family and he was born to the parents named K. N Lokesh and Rajeshwari in the famous port city of India named Mangaluru. He grew up in his parent’s city and got his early education from there. Rahul was born in the educated family as his father is a Professor of Civil Engineering and also was the former director at National Institute of Technology Karnataka in the city of Mangaluru while his mother Rajeshwari is a professor of history at the University of Mangalore.
His father Lokesh was the fan of cricket game and also the fan of former cricket player named Sunil Gavaskar and he wants to put his son in the game of cricket to make him start of the Indian cricket. His father said that Rahul has the intense cricket interest in his childhood and he started playing cricket at the age of 11. Rahul moved to Bengaluru for attending his classes in the Jain University at the age of 18 where he continues his cricket career and played among his university mates and also played in the clubs of that city. Rahul showed his extra talent in the cricket from the age of 11 and he had a dream of becoming the star cricketer of the world./p>
Domestic Career of KL Rahul
KL Rahul plays from the side of Karnataka team and he also made his debut in the first class cricket in the season 2010-2016. He also demonstrated him in the 2010 ICC World Cup of an under-19 team from the side of India. In his first U-19 World cup he made 143 runs. Due to his excellent performances in the domestic cricket, he was selected in the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in IPL season 2013 where he played his debut match in IPL. He was not played for his Karnataka team for some time but he was selected for the season of 2012-2013 and also in the next season 2013-2014. In that season he played exceptionally and made 1033 runs in that tournament. He was also awarded the second highest scorer of the tournament.
In Duleep Trophy season 2014-2015 he played in the team of South zone his performance in that season was also excellent as he made 185 runs on 233 balls in the first innings of the match while in the second innings he made 130 runs on 152 balls but the excellent performance of Rahul could not bring the win for his team and they lost the match by only nine runs. In that match, he got the man of the match award and that excellent performance led him to the selection of Test squad against Australia during the year December 2014.
International Career of KL Rahul
In the international career, KL Rahul made his test debut against the team of Australia in the Boxing Day Test held on December 26, 2014, in the Stadium of Melbourne. In his debut match, he replaced Rohit Sharma and got the debut cap from captain MS Dhoni. In that match, he came to bat at the 6th number in the first inning and made only 3 runs while in the second inning he came at number 3 and made only 1 run. In the second test match of the same series, he retained his place in the Indian playing II and made his maiden international century in the second test at Sydney cricket stadium.
When he returned to home after the test series he made a triple century and became first batsman of Karnataka to make triple century in the first class cricket during Ranji Trophy 2014-2015. He finished that season of Ranji trophy with the average of 93.11. In June 2015 he was selected in the Indian squad for the series with Bangladesh team but he cannot play any match due to the fever of dengue. He then came back in the Indian test team for the series with Sri Lankan team and he got his chance to play in the First match due to the injury of Murali Vijay but he cannot performed with Excellence in that match and made less than 10 runs in both innings.
He retained his place in the second match due to the injury of Shikhar Dhawan and there he made his second test century with 108 runs on 190 balls which include fourteen fours and one six. India won that match and levels the series and Rahul got man of the match award. He also served with his wicket-keeping skills when the wicketkeeper of India got an injury and Rahul took a catch of Angelo Mathews. He was stipulated with the squad of India for the series with Zimbabwe in 2016 where he made his debut in the One-day Internationals at Harare sports club. He made his first century in the debut match on 11 June 2016 and became the first batsman to do so in the Indian cricket history. He played his debut T20 International match against Zimbabwe on June 18, 2016, and he was dismissed without making a run and that was the first time when an Indian batsman got dismissed on the first ball in T20 cricket.
In 2016 he was chosen in the squad of four test match series against West Indies. In the second match of that series, he made stunning 158 runs and that was his highest score at that time. He made his fastest T20 century and second in Indian cricket on just 46 balls in the United States but unfortunately, India lost that match. He also had the record of the first batsman in the world who had centuries on the debut matches of ODI and test format as an opener. He also had the world record of making centuries in all the formats in just 20 innings and the previous record was in 76 innings by Ahmed Shehzad. He also holds the record first batsman who made a century in T20 cricket by batting on number 4 or lower. Rahul smashed his second T20 century against the team of England on July 3, 2018.
IPL Career of KL Rahul
In 2013 he was selected in the team of Royal Challenger Bangalore as a wicket-keeper batsman but in the next season of IPL, he was bought by the Sunrises Hyderabad at the worth of 1 crore. He was again bought by the Royal Challenger Bangalore in the auction of 2016. He cannot play the season of 2017 due to his injury of shoulder. In the recent season of IPL in 2018 he was stipulated in the team of Kings II Punjab at the worth of 11 crores. Rahul had a record of fastest fifty in the IPL on just 14 balls.