Full name Kannaur Lokesh Rahul
Born April 18, 1992, Bangalore, Karnataka
Current age 23 years 298 days
Major teams Bangalore Brigadiers (Urban), India Under-19s, India Under-23s, Karnataka, Karnataka State Cricket Association Colts XI, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Zone, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||Australia v India at Melbourne, Dec 26-30, 2014 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (SSC), Aug 28-Sep 1, 2015 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Punjab v Karnataka at Mohali, Nov 10-13, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Karnataka v Haryana at Mysore, Oct 22-25, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Hyderabad (India) v Karnataka at Chennai, Feb 16, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||Karnataka v Jammu & Kashmir at Bangalore, Dec 18, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Goa v Karnataka at Shimoga, Mar 17, 2013 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad (Deccan), May 17, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|22||Karnataka||v J + K||Bangalore||18 Dec 2015||LA|
|19*||Karnataka||v Kerala||Bangalore||17 Dec 2015||LA|
|0c/3s, 42||Karnataka||v Jharkhand||Alur (2)||15 Dec 2015||LA|
|8||Karnataka||v Gujarat||Alur||14 Dec 2015||LA|
|40||Karnataka||v Haryana||Bangalore||11 Dec 2015||LA|
|27||Karnataka||v Railways||Bangalore||10 Dec 2015||LA|
|72, 43*||Ind Pres XI||v Sth Africans||Mumbai (BS)||30 Oct 2015||Other|
|63, 0/3, 24||Karnataka||v Haryana||Mysore||22 Oct 2015||FC|
|21, 38, 0/1||Karnataka||v Vidarbha||Bangalore||15 Oct 2015||FC|
|2, 2||India||v Sri Lanka||Colombo (SSC)||28 Aug 2015||Test # 2179|
A tall, elegant right-hand batsman who can keep wicket in a crisis, KL Rahul is among the most highly rated opening batsmen in India's next generation. Rahul was a part of India's squad in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup and made his first-class debut later that year. Having taken a while to establish himself as a first-class cricketer, he enjoyed a breakthrough 2013-14 season, laying the foundation for Karnataka's Ranji Trophy victory with 1033 runs, which included three centuries, three nineties, and a Man-of-the-Match performance in the final.
Rahul attracted plenty of attention at the subsequent IPL auction, and finally went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 1 crore (US$ 166,000 approx.). He was a regular member of their side in the 2014 season, mostly as wicketkeeper-batsman, but his contributions with the bat were steady rather than spectacular.
In the long format, however, his technique and application have impressed some of Indian cricket's most respected names. These include Rahul Dravid, with whom Rahul shares not just a name but also a strong rapport, regularly seeking him out for technical and mental advice.
Rahul had a middling tour of Australia with the India A team in July-August 2014, getting starts each time he batted in the unofficial Tests but only managing a top score of 52. But his appetite for runs was back to normal by the time the 2014-15 domestic season began, and twin centuries in the Duleep Trophy final earned him a place in India's Test squad on their tour of Australia.
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