known as KL Rahul and also as Lokesh Rahul, is an Indian cricketer who plays for India national cricket team in international cricket, and Karnataka in domestic cricket. A right-handed batsman and occasional wicket-keeper, Rahul played for India at the 2010 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
Being the face of Indian Cricket for 24 years, Sachin Tendulkar retired on 16th November 2013. He was superman of Indian Cricket and after his emotional retirement, entire nation was eager to see his replacement and it was Virat Kohli who emerged as run machine and record breaker for India. But still, India needed replacement for Rahul Dravid – The wall. It was 2014-15 Boxing Day test match at Melbourne, when another Rahul made debut for India and in his second test match at Sydney, he scored his maiden International Century against mighty Aussies scoring 110 (262 Balls, 13*4, 1*6). His performance in IPL 2016 paid him off and he made his ODI and T20I debut for Team India.
KL Rahul not only shares the first name with Rahul Dravid , there are lot of similarities among these two.
- Both are solid top-order batsmen from Karnataka and adept at keeping wickets during crisis.
- Both of them, having wide range of shots in their books and have ability to build partnerships.
- Both of them, having ability to shift gear as per condition and are having impressive running between the wickets.
- Both of them, having rare capability to adapt to all formats of the game.
- Both of them , having enormous patience and capability to play longer innings.
After Virat Kohli, KL Rahul is turning into India’s new generation headline making batsman. Ravi Shastri termed him as ‘Most improved cricketer in the world in last one year’ and universal Boss, Chris Gayle called him as ‘tough competitor to Virat Kohli’.
Certain notable achievements which made him sensation are as provided below :
- He became the first Indian to score a century on ODI debut, scoring 100* (115 Balls, 7*4,1*6) against Zimbabwe on 11 June 2016 at Harare Sports Club.
- He completed his first ODI century by hitting a winning Six.
- He is only third Indian Batsman after Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma, to score century in all formats of the game.
- He made fastest century (46 Balls) for India across all format of cricket, scoring 110* for 51 balls (12*4 , 5*6) against West Indies on 27 August 2016.
- He is second fastest international batsman in T20, and fastest Indian in all the formats, to score a century.
- He is the only batsman to reach the score of 100 with a boundary on his maiden centuries in all the three formats of the International cricket.
- He is the first Indian opener to score a century in his debut Test in the West Indies.
- He became the first triple-centurion for Karnataka in first-class cricket on 30 January 2015, scoring 337 (448 Balls, 47*4, 4*6) at Bengaluru against UP in 2014-15 Ranji Trophy.
We hope Rahul will continue to live up to the expectation of cricket fans. Signing off, wishing him all the good luck and success in the future.