Matches (19)
WPL (2)
PSL 2024 (3)
NZ v AUS (1)
Ranji Trophy (2)
Nepal Tri-Nation (2)
Sheffield Shield (3)
CWC Play-off (4)
Dang CL (1)
WCL 2 (1)

Full Name

Kannaur Lokesh Rahul

Born

April 18, 1992, Bangalore, Karnataka

Age

31y 319d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper Batter

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.

A profitable IPL in 2016 set him up to make the Indian ODI and T20 squad that toured Zimbabwe in June, where he became the first batsman from his country to score a century on debut in 50-over cricket.
Karthik Krishnaswamy

KL Rahul Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests50862286319934.08548152.2381434524620
ODIs757014282011250.35321187.8271822461625
T20Is726882265110*37.751628139.1222219199231
FC931585676033744.181242754.391832845571020
List A12712219483013146.89590581.791131393921009
T20s212199327066132*42.315202135.83661598292978

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests50------------
ODIs75------------
T20Is72------------
FC939168830---2.96-000
List A1273214211/231/2342.0012.0021.0000
T20s212------------
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KL Rahul steadied India until tea
KL Rahul made a crucial 86 off 123 balls
Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul handed India another fifty-plus stand
Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul put on 64 for the fourth wicket
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KL Rahul reaches fifty in his 50th Test