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KL Rahul Biography: Age, Wife, Family, Career & Stats, IPL – All Details

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Many believe it is impossible to find a balance between sports and studies. A few athletes have had to drop out of school or college to pursue their careers. A few very forced to abandon their dream of playing cricket for a more as they like to say “logical” career. And then there is KL Rahul, who not only excelled in cricket but also went on to complete his graduation. From the school and college grounds to the biggest and best stadiums in the world, this lad has conquered it all. This is the biography of KL Rahul, a superstar in the making in Indian Cricket.

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About KL Rahul Cricketer

KL Rahul full Name Kannur Lokesh Rahul
KL Rahul Age 31 years
Date of Birth 18 April 1992
Coach Samuel Jayaraj, KG Anil and Somsekhar Shiraguppi.
KL Rahul IPL Team LSG
KL Rahul IPL Price 17 crore (IPL 2023)
Achievement First Indian to score a century on ODI debut. Third Indian to score a century in all three formats of international cricket.
KL Rahul BCCI salary INR 5 crores
KL Rahul Height 1.80 m
Weight 75 kg
KL Rahul fastest 50 in IPL 14 balls (2018 against DC)
KL Rahul Wife Athiya Shetty
KL Rahul highest score 112 (ODI), 199 (Test), 110* (T20)
Parent KN Lokesh and Rajeshwari
Hometown Mangalore
KL Rahul Networth Around $10 million
ODI debut 11 June 2016 Vs Zimbabwe
Test debut 26 December 2014 Vs Australia
ICC ranking 10 (all-time T20I Batting Rankings)
T20 Debut 18 June 2016 Vs Zimbabwe
batting style Right-handed
IPL Debut vs Kolkata Knight Riders at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Apr 11, 2013
team played for India, Karnataka, East Zone, South Zone, Royal Challengers Bangalore, India A, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Indians, Hubli Tigers, Indian Board Presidents XI, Bellary Tuskers, Punjab Kings, Asia XI
KL Rahul jersey number #1
KL Rahul Dog Chow-Chow bread
KL Rahul Zodiac Sign Aries
Captain Lucknow Super Giants (2022- Present)
alma mater NITK English Medium School
playing position Opener
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KL Rahul Biography

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Rahul with his family (l) and his sister, Image Source: Youtube

Kannur Lokesh Rahul was born on the 18th of April 1992 in Mangalore, Karnataka to academicians KN Lokesh and Rajeshwari. KN Lokesh is the head of the Department of Civil Engineering in NITK Surathkal and former director of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka. His wife Rajaeshwari is a professor at Mangalore University.

KN Lokesh was also a big fan of former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. He named his son Rahul after Gavaskar’s son’s name. It was later that he realized that Sunny’s son was named Rohan. In a family of academicians, it was cricket that caught young KL’s attention.

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Samuel Jayaraj (left) with a young KL Rahul, Image Source: Rediff

He started playing at the age of 11. However, his father put a condition ahead of him that he could play only as long he pursued studies. A deterred Rahul did not give up! He continued to study and practice side by side.

KL Rahul Wife

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In 2023, KL Rahul got married to Bollywood actress and long-time girlfriend Athiya Shetty. She is the daughter of actor Suniel Shetty. She has played the leading roles in Hindi films Hero, Mubarakan, and Motichoor Chaknachoor.

Speaking about their relationship, Sunil Shetty said –

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“We love the kids and the kids they are dating. Absolutely love them and I think more than a profession, being happy in life is very important today because that is the space I think that is missing. We were all happy, we grew up happy.”


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KL Rahul Career

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In his teenage days, Rahul was coached by Samuel Jayaraj. In 2006, KL shifted his home base to Bangalore to hone his cricketing ability. With his shift, KL Rahul now had better guidance under former Karnataka players like KG Anil and Somsekhar Shiraguppi.

In 2010, KL Rahul was selected for India U19 to play at the 2010 ICC U19 World Cup. Within the year, Rahul was chosen to play for Ranji Trophy. He enrolled himself in Jain University’s Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) course to keep up his promise to his father.

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While normal kids cannot handle studies alone, KL was playing for Karnataka, India U19, and completing his graduation all at the same time. In the U19 World Cup at England, KL Rahul finished as India’s second-highest run-scorer with 143 runs in six matches with an average of 28.60 and strike rate of 69.08. The boys in Blue finished 6th in the tournament.

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Domestic Career

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Breaking through the India U19 ranks, a young Rahul caught the eyes of Karnataka selectors. His performance at the U19 WC ensured that he was selected for Karnataka in Ranji Trophy. Rahul made his first-class debut in 2010-11 with Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy Super League.

Lokesh Rahul played only 3 matches with a nervous display of 105 runs at an average of 21.00. His under-par performance meant he was not selected for the 2011-12 domestic season.

However, KL got a second chance in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy season. The young lad had a breakout season scoring 400 in 5 matches, at an average of 50.

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The same season he was drafted in the Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. The next season saw the start of Rahul’s best performances for Karnataka and became a regular in the squad. He scored 1,033 runs in 10 matches, averaging at 68.86. Rahul finished as the second-highest run-getter of the tournament as well as the highest of Karnataka.

KL Rahul continued to build on his promise and was selected for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy 2014-15. In the finals against Central Zone, Rahul scored 185 in the first innings and 130 in the second.

The brilliant performance caught the selector’s eyes and he was included in the Men in Blues’ test tour down under. Returning from the test tour, Rahul build on his performance with 337 against Uttar Pradesh. He became Karnataka’s first triple centurion.

In the Ranji Trophy final, Rahul scored 188 against Tamil Nadu as Karnataka ended their dominant season with the title. KL ended the season with an average of 93.11 in 11 matches.

KL Rahul Test Career

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Dominant and consistent performances in the domestic circuit ensured Rahul became only the second player from Mangalore to make it to the Indian Test team. In 2014, he received his first International cap from MS Dhoni. Batting at a different position in number six, Rahul managed only 6 runs in the first innings. He was promoted to number 3 in the second innings, however, scored only 1 run.

Despite a nervous debut, MSD retained him for the next test on Sydney and promoted him at his favorable opening role. Opening the innings with Murali Vijay, Rahul scored 110 runs and recorded his maiden international century as India drew the test. The Karnataka opener was selected for the Bangladesh tour in June 2015 but withdrew because of Dengue.

In the following test tour to Sri Lanka, KL scored 108 runs as he picked up the man of the match award.

KL Rahul continued his consistent performances. This time he scored his third test century in the tour of West Indies and in the process became the 1st Indian opener to score a century in his debut Test in the West Indies. Rahul scored 50 in the second test as India won the series 1-0.

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India’s Lokesh Rahul reacts after being dismissed at 199. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

KL Rahul’s best test innings came against England in Chennai on 15 December 2016. He scored 199, 1 run short of a double century as India scored 759. KL Rahul has been showing consistent display both in home and away matches since then to become a vital cog of Virat Kohli’s test team.

He worked as a standing captain of Indian team in January 2022. He captained test team on tour of Bangladesh in December 2022 after Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was injured.

Since his last 100 against South Africa in 2021, Rahul failed to produce good shows and due to this in February 2023 BCCI sacked him from Test vice-captaincy.


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KL Rahul ODI Career

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A breakout domestic season and a century in his second test down under meant selectors could not get their eyes off him. KL Rahul finally got a chance to make his Indian debut in limited-overs and did so in style with an unbeaten 100* at the Harare Sports Club.

He became the first Indian batsman to score a century on his debut. Rahul followed it up with 63* in his third match to make it two Man of the Match awards in three ODIs. With his century, he became the only batsman to have scored test and ODI centuries in his first innings as an opener.

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Every athlete faces hard times in their career. For KL Rahul it was from 2017 to 2019. Rahul’s performances fell below par and he was consistently criticized for his lack of consistency. With Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan set as India’s openers in limited over format, Rahul had to settle for middle-order spots whenever he got the chance to play.

Between January 2017 and March 2019, the part-time wicket-keeper played only 10 ODIs, scoring 121 runs at an average of 13.4. Barring his high score of 60 against Afghanistan, KL Rahul hardly was able to score past 20 in this run-drought.

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Rahul was brought back into the Indian squad in the Australia tour of India. He scored an average of 26 off 31 balls in the fourth ODI at Mohali. On the back of his good performance in the IPL 2019 season, KL Rahul received his ticket for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

During the 2nd ODI against the West Indies in February 2022, Rahul scored 49 (48) and completed 6000 runs in International cricket across all formats.

Rahul marked his cricket comeback during the Asia Cup 2023 clash against Pakistan, displaying an outstanding performance by smashing an unbeaten century, scoring 111 off 106 balls.

Following his impressive stint at the Asia Cup, Rahul secured a spot in the 2023 Cricket World Cup squad. Rahul kicked off his campaign in the 2023 World Cup by registering an unbeaten 97 against Australia in a challenging chase, rescuing India after the team lost 3 wickets with only 2 runs on the board. Additionally, he contributed 66 runs during the World Cup Final against Australia.

T20 Career

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Lokesh Rahul made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe on 18 June 2016. It was not as memorable as his ODI debut as he got out for a zero. Hence, he became the first Indian batsman to be dismissed for zero on the first ball of a T20 match.

In the second match at Jamaica against the Windies, he scored an amazing 110 off only 46 balls. By doing so Rahul set the record for the fastest batsman to have scored centuries in all three formats in just 20 innings.

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He also became the 1st player ever to score a T20I hundred at number 4 or below. On 3 July 2018, Rahul hit his second T20I ton against England. He also holds the record as the first Indian batsman to be dismissed hit-wicket in T20Is.

KL showed aggressiveness and consistency in T20s allowing him to continue being selected despite his stall in the ODI format. His second T20 international century came against England in Manchester on 3 July 2018.


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KL Rahul IPL Career

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KL Rahul was a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2013, but was bought for Rs. 1 Crore in 2014 by the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Rahul got limited chances to introduce himself in the two seasons with SRH. He played 20 games in 2 seasons scoring 539 runs at an average of 26.95.

Virat Kohli led RCB returned for the KL Rahul in 2016 and the opener responded in their confidence in spectacular fashion. KL scored 397 runs from 14 matches in RCBs run to the final. Despite his low score of 11 runs, the local boy was a new fan-favorite among the RCB fans.

Before IPL 2017, Lokesh Rahul hurt his shoulder and pulled out of the upcoming season. RCB revamped their batting order before the 2018 IPL and did not retain even Chris Gayle. Disappointed fans saw Rahul picked up by the Kings XI Punjab for ₹11 crores after a bidding war.

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The decision came to bite Bangalore as they struggled with finding their opening partnerships. On the other hand, KL Rahul had his breakthrough season as an opener. Rahul scored 659 runs strike-rate of 158.41 and at an average of 54.91. In the six fifties, Rahul went on to cross 90+ runs three times.

KXIP retained and named KL Rahul as the captain in IPL 2019 season. Leading from the front, KL scored 563 runs in 14 matches scoring 6 fifties and 1 hundred. He also scored the season’s fastest fifty in 19 balls against the Chennai Super Kings.

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Before 2022, KL Rahul parted ways with Punjab Kings and was made their captain by Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) for INR 17Cr. On 16 April 2022, Rahul scored his maiden century for Lucknow (103* off 60 balls) against Mumbai, becoming the first and only player to score a century in one’s 100th IPL match. He scored another unbeaten century (103* off 62 balls) against the same team eight days later.

KL Rahul Career Stats

  • Batting & Fielding
FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 47 81 2 2642 199 33.44 5116 51.64 7 13 318 18 54 0
ODIs 75 70 14 2820 112 50.35 3211 87.82 7 18 224 61 62 5
T20Is 72 68 8 2265 110* 37.75 1628 139.12 2 22 191 99 23 1
FC 90 153 5 6539 337 44.18 12062 54.21 17 31 818 51 94 0
List A 127 122 19 4830 131 46.89 5905 81.79 11 31 393 92 100 9
T20s 212 199 32 7066 132* 42.31 5202 135.83 6 61 598 292 97 8

KL Rahul IPL Stats

  • Batting & Fielding
YEAR MAT NO RUNS HS AVG BF SR 100 50 4S 6S CT ST
Career 118 20 4163 132* 46.78 3097 134.42 4 33 355 168 61 5
2023 9 1 274 74 34.25 242 113.22 0 2 28 4 4 0
2022 15 3 616 103* 51.33 455 135.38 2 4 45 30 9 0
2021 13 3 626 98* 62.60 451 138.80 0 6 48 30 11 0
2020 14 2 670 132* 55.83 518 129.34 1 5 58 23 10 0
2019 14 3 593 100* 53.90 438 135.38 1 6 49 25 7 0
2018 14 2 659 95* 54.91 416 158.41 0 6 66 32 10 1
2016 14 3 397 68* 44.11 271 146.49 0 4 37 16 5 4
2015 9 3 142 44* 28.40 126 112.69 0 0 8 5 1 0
2014 11 0 166 46 20.75 164 101.21 0 0 12 3 4 0
2013 5 0 20 12 10.00 16 125.00 0 0 4 0 0 0

KL Rahul Workout Routine

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A stylish batsman, a safe hands behind the stumps, and a fast and agile fielder- KL Rahul is amongst the fittest players in the Indian Cricket team. The Karnataka lad keeps himself fit by various exercises. Apart from his cricket training, Rahul ensures he never misses out on push-ups, pull-ups, box jumps, battle rope waves, and front squats.

While push-ups are simple, they engage and target most of the body including arms, core, and back muscles. Box Jumps are a modification to jump squat, as a result, helping Rahul to build his explosive power- a must for every athlete.

Front squats help to strengthen his quads, hamstrings, and calves. While Battle rope waves help to exercise his biceps, triceps, shoulders, and his back muscles, pull-ups focus on his arm and back muscles.

Unknown Facts

  • Rahul has scored 7 consecutive 50’s and is the only Indian to achieve this feat.
  • Ever wondered how many tattoos Rahul has? Well, the number stands at seven and counting.
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  • KL Rahul idolizes Rahul Dravid. Incidentally, he also shares his name with him.
  • KN Lokesh was also a big fan of former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. He named his son Rahul after Gavaskar’s son name.

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FAQ’s

Who is the wife of KL Rahul?

KL Rahul got married to Bollywood actress and long-time girlfriend Athiya Shetty. She is the daughter of actor Suniel Shetty.

When did KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty got married?

Indian cricketer, KL Rahul and Bollywood actress Athiya Shetty got married on 23rd January 2023.

How rich is KL Rahul?

In 2023, the net worth of KL Rahul is around 10 Million dollars.

Which team is KL Rahul in IPL 2023?

In IPL 2023, KL Rahul will play for Lucknow Super Giants.

Is KL Rahul from Mangalore?

Yes, KL Rahul grew up in Mangalore. He completed his high school at NITK English Medium School and pre-university at St. Aloysius College in Mangalore.

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