The tall and stylish batsman who can preserve wickets in disaster, Kannur Lokesh Rahul or KL Rahul as he’s popularly recognized, is likely one of the most extremely rated opening batsmen in India’s next-generation. Born on April 18, 1992 in Mangalore, Karnataka, he went on to be part of Indian group in 2010 ICC U-19 World Cup and made his first-class debut a 12 months later. Though he took a while to determine within the first-class circuit, his breakthrough occurred within the 2013-14 season the place he laid the muse for Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy victory. The right-handed batsman scored 1,033 runs which included three centuries and a Man-of-the-Match efficiency within the ultimate.
Seeing his caliber and approach within the longest format, selectors gave him his worldwide Test debut throughout the Australia tour of 2014. He scored his maiden Test century within the second Test match at Sydney. He made his ODI and T20I debut in opposition to Zimbabwe in 2016 and have become the primary Indian cricketer to attain a century on ODI debut. The wicketkeeper-batsman has up to now scored 2,006 runs from 36 Tests, and 1,509 runs from 38 ODIs.
While his spectacular arrival to worldwide cricket opened the doorways for him, his inconsistency didn’t assist a lot. However, as he struggled within the preliminary phases, his kind cleared out as soon as once more within the T20Is the place he has been higher in comparison with different codecs. In his first 19 matches he performed for the nationwide group, he averaged a staggering 49.71 with two excellent unbeaten lots of which additionally occurred to be the mixed second most for any worldwide cricketer then. Rahul has up to now scored 1,557 from 49 video games, which embrace 12 fifties and two lots of.
He made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) within the 2013 season. He was purchased by the Sunrises Hyderabad the next 12 months for Rs 1 crore, earlier than returning to RCB forward of the 2016 season. He proved his mettle in that version by piling 397 runs in 14 matches and ended up because the third highest run-getter for his membership. In the 2018 IPL auctions he was purchased for RS 11 crore, which was the joint third highest that season. He as soon as once more confirmed why he’s the most effective within the shortest format by amassing 659 runs which embrace six fifties in 14 matches, that additionally had three 90+ scores. Among different IPL achievements he additionally holds the file for the quickest IPL fifty (off simply 14 balls).
As the flamboyant opener celebrates his huge day, listed here are a few of his vital achievements:
-Rahul is the primary triple-centurion in first-class cricket for Karnataka after scoring 337 off 448 balls in opposition to Uttar Pradesh within the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy.
-He is the primary Indian batsman to attain a century on ODI debut, Rahul achieved the feat in opposition to Zimbabwe on the Harare Sports Club in 2016.
-He additionally holds a singular file for being the one batsman to hit a century in his first innings as an opener in each Tests and ODIs.
-Rahul is the third participant from the nation to attain a century in all three codecs of worldwide cricket.
-He is the primary participant in T20I historical past to attain 100 batting at quantity 4 place or decrease.
-In IPL, he has up to now scored 2,378 runs from 73 innings and is among the many highest run getters within the money wealthy league.