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KL Rahul – Mr. Consistent

Few batters have taken to international cricket quite like KL Rahul. It took him just 3 innings to make his first Test century. He followed that up with an ODI hundred on debut and needed just 4 innings in T20Is to join Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma as the only Indians to score centuries in all three formats of the game. After having initially been identified as a future cornerstone of the Test side, he’s currently far more likely to get selected in the limited-over teams and is part of India’s 2021 T20 World Cup. That’s thanks to his stellar form in the Indian T20 League.

When Rahul equalled the world record of 7 consecutive fifties in Test cricket in 2017, months after a classy 199 against England, he seemed the natural heir to Virat Kohli as the batting talisman. But injuries and a form slump saw him lose his Test place. In the Indian T20 League, while playing for the Bangalore team, he was often overshadowed by the performances and reputations of Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle.

Moving to the Punjab team in 2018 changed all that. Rahul has made 659, 593 and 670 runs respectively in three consecutive seasons, winning the Orange Cap for being the leading run scorer in 2020. It will be a source of great frustration that such displays haven’t been enough to end Punjab’s play-off drought, but what they did do was put him right back in the mix for India selection.

From 2020 onward, he has also led the Punjab team. And with the Dhoni-Kohli-Rohit Sharma generation not getting any younger, leading Punjab into the play-offs and showcasing his leadership credentials won’t do his long-term prospects any harm at all. And whether it’s in international matches or the Indian T20 League, Rahul also offers a safe option as wicketkeeper, allowing the team management to pick another specialist or all-rounder.

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KL Rahul’s Personal Details

    • Name
    • :
    • Kannaur Lokesh Rahul
    • Date of Birth
    • :
    • 18th April 1992
    • Birthplace
    • :
    • Bangalore
    • Height
    • :
    • 5′11″
    • Batting Style
    • :
    • Right-handed batter
    • Playing Role
    • :
    • Wicketkeeper-batter
    • Teams Played For
    • :
    • Team India, Bangalore team, Hyderabad team, Punjab team

KL Rahul Current Rankings

KL Rahul Career Summary

    • Format
    • M
    • Inn
    • Runs
    • HS
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 100
    • 200
    • 50
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • CT
    • ST
    • Test
    • 40
    • 68
    • 2321
    • 199 vs. Eng
    • 35.16
    • 54.12
    • 6
    • 0
    • 12
    • 276
    • 16
    • 49
    • 0
    • ODI
    • 38
    • 37
    • 1509
    • 112 vs. NZ
    • 48.67
    • 142.19
    • 5
    • 0
    • 9
    • 114
    • 36
    • 21
    • 2
    • T20I
    • 49
    • 45
    • 1557
    • 110* vs. WI
    • 39.92
    • 126.13
    • 2
    • 0
    • 12
    • 138
    • 63
    • 18
    • 1

KL Rahul - Key Skills and Strengths

A superb stroke player who possesses both the gift of timing and tremendous power, Rahul’s greatest asset is the ability to stay switched on game after game. In a format like T20 where consistency can be so elusive, he has managed to arrive at a formula that works both for him and his team. Capable of anchoring an innings, he can also destroy attacks as he showed in 2018, when his strike rate for the Indian T20 League season was 158.41.

KL Rahul’s Captaincy Record

    • Format
    • Matches
    • Won
    • Lost
    • Tie
    • NR
    • Indian T20 League
    • 23
    • 9
    • 12
    • 2
    • 0

KL Rahul Awards and Achievements

Rahul has enjoyed great success in every format of the game with the Indian cricket team. Though currently out of the reckoning in Tests, he remains an integral part of India’s limited-overs plans.

Here are some of Rahul’s biggest records and achievements in international cricket:

  • He is the only Indian to score a century on ODI debut.

  • His 14 catches as a fielder in the Test series in England in 2018 is second only to Jack Gregory’s 15 for Australia, set 100 years ago.

  • His 110* against the West Indies in 2016 is the second-highest score by a batter playing at No.4 in T20Is.

  • No one has made centuries in all three formats in a shorter span of time, with Rahul completing the set between January 2015 and August 2016.

KL Rahul’s Indian T20 League Journey

After his early stints with Bangalore and Hyderabad in the Indian T20 League didn’t work out, Rahul established himself as a player of the highest quality during Bangalore’s run to the final in 2016. Yet his 397 runs at an average of 44 wasn’t enough for him to cement a place in the playing XI. Injury forced him to miss the 2017 season, and he moved to Punjab a year later. Since then, runs from his bat haven’t stopped. Now entrusted with the captaincy, Rahul’s next task is to end Punjab’s wait for a play-off berth, which was last achieved in 2014.

Here are some of his biggest achievements in the Indian T20 League:

  • No Indian has reached 3,000 runs in the league as quickly as Rahul did. His record (80 innings) is second only to Chris Gayle’s (75).

  • His score of 132* against his former Bangalore teammates in 2020 is the highest ever made by an Indian in the league.

  • His 14-ball 50 against Delhi in 2018 is the fastest in Indian T20 League history.

  • Across the 14 seasons of the league, no specialist batter with more than 50 innings comes close to matching Rahul’s average of 46.18.

    • Format
    • M
    • Runs
    • HS
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 100
    • 50
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • CT
    • ST
    • Indian T20 League
    • 90
    • 3048
    • 132* vs. Bangalore
    • 46.18
    • 135.70
    • 2
    • 25
    • 268
    • 122
    • 46
    • 5

KL Rahul: FAQs

How many tattoos does Rahul have?

He has 9 tattoos at present, including the ones of his dog, his parents’ names and the lighthouse near where he grew up.

Where is Rahul from?

Though he established himself as a cricketer in Bangalore, Rahul’s early years were spent on the coast in Mangalore, where both his parents were college professors.

Who is Rahul’s sporting idol?

Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis maestro who was the first to win 20 Grand Slam titles.

Which non-Indian cricketer would he want as a teammate?

England’s Ben Stokes, the all-rounder who inspired their World Cup win in 2019.

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