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Full name Kannaur Lokesh Rahul
Born April 18, 1992, Bangalore, Karnataka
Current age 22 years 247 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
|First-class debut||Punjab v Karnataka at Mohali, Nov 10-13, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Central Zone v South Zone at Delhi, Oct 29-Nov 2, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Hyderabad (India) v Karnataka at Chennai, Feb 16, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||Hyderabad (India) v Karnataka at Hyderabad (Deccan), Nov 11, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Goa v Karnataka at Shimoga, Mar 17, 2013 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders at Hyderabad (Deccan), May 18, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|53||Karnataka||v Hyderabad||Hyderabad (Deccan)||11 Nov 2014||LA|
|67||Karnataka||v Tamil Nadu||Secunderabad||10 Nov 2014||LA|
|5||Karnataka||v Goa||Secunderabad||8 Nov 2014||LA|
|17||Karnataka||v Andhra||Secunderabad||7 Nov 2014||LA|
|185, 130||South Zone||v Central Zone||Delhi||29 Oct 2014||FC|
|21||South Zone||v East Zone||Rohtak||22 Oct 2014||FC|
|106*, 0/8||Hubli Tigers||v Rockstars||Hubli||10 Sep 2014||Other T20|
|36||Hubli Tigers||v Bulls||Hubli||9 Sep 2014||Other T20|
|64||Hubli Tigers||v Mangalore||Bangalore||6 Sep 2014||Other T20|
|91||Hubli Tigers||v Bellary||Mysore||3 Sep 2014||Other T20|
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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