Full Name

Kannaur Lokesh Rahul

Born

April 18, 1992, Bangalore, Karnataka

Age

29y 283d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Opening batter

TEAMS

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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test43742254719935.37483352.7071331017500
ODI41406158511246.61179688.2551012036232
T20I565271831110*40.681285142.4921616473201
FC861465644433745.701177954.70173181050900
List A939211359513144.38449080.0692328967616
T20172159275742132*43.504162137.96449498232818
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test43------------
ODI41------------
T20I56------------
FC869168830---2.96-000
List A933214211/231/2342.0012.0021.0000
T20172------------
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Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul celebrate as Quinton de Kock walks back
KL Rahul raises his half-century
KL Rahul fought back after early jitters
KL Rahul defends the ball
KL Rahul plays uppishly towards mid-on
KL Rahul takes a catch at third slip as Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant look on