Many believe it is impossible to find a balance between sports and studies. A few athletes have had to drop out of school or colleges to pursue their career. A few very forced to abandon their dream of playing cricket for a more as they like to say it “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.
Kannur Lokesh Rahul
Date of Birth
18 April 1992
KN Lokesh and Rajeshwari
11 June 2016 Vs Zimbabwe
26 December 2014 Vs Australia
T 20 Debut
18 June 2016 Vs Zimbabwe
KL Rahul Biography
Kannur Lokesh Rahul was born on the 18th 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 realised as that Sunny’s son was named Rohan. In a family of academicians, it was cricket which caught young KL’s attention.
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 Career
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.
While normal kids can 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,
Breaking through the India U19 ranks, a young Rahul caught 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.
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.
The same season he was drafted in 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 selectors 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.
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 his Test debut on boxing day at the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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 favourable 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.
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 consistency display both in home and away matches since then to become a vital cog of Virat Kohli’s test team.
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.
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 criticised 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.
Rahul was brought back into the Indian squad in the Australia tour of India. He scored an average 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.
2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
KL Rahul was selected to travel to England and Wales and play in the highly debated number 4 position. Despite it being his second comfortable spot to bat, Rahul welcomed the challenge with open hands and scored a century in the second warm-up game against Bangladesh.
In the first match against South Africa, Rahul scored 26 as Rohit Sharma masterclass powered India to a victory. The second match against Australia saw Shikhar Dhawan brilliance. Dhawan scored 117 while Rahul scored 11* as India posted 352 and won by 36 runs. However, Dhawan hurt his finger, meaning KL Rahul had to open against Pakistan.
Rahul opened with Rohit Sharma and scored 57 as his partner went on to score 140. He continued to show consistent displays throughout the group stages of the world cup. In the last group game against Sri Lanka, Rahul scored his maiden hundred for India in the World Cup.
Post World Cup, KL Rahul returned to the Indian team squad during the West Indies tour of India. Replacing Dhawan in the openers slot, KL hit 102 and 77 as India came back from 1-0 down to win the series 2-1.
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.
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’s 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.
Incidentally, KL Rahul has not been dismissed in both these innings. In the T20I series against West Indies in December 2019, Rahul became the latest entrant in the 1000-run club.
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 favourite among the RCB fans,
Before IPL 2017, 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.
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 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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KL Rahul Centuries
KL Rahul scores record-breaking centuries!! The Karnataka man has notched 10 international centuries for India and 14 first-class centuries. He scored his first two centuries for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy 2014-15 season finale. His first century for India came in his second match against Australia in Sydney.
Rahul’s third test century in the tour of West Indies and in the process became the first Indian opener to score a century in his debut Test in the West Indies. His unbeaten 100* against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club made him the first Indian batsman to score a century on his ODI debut.
In the last CWC 2019 group game against Sri Lanka, Rahul scored his maiden hundred for India in the World Cup. Rahul also has a hundred in the Indian Premier League.
In the second match at Jamaica against the Windies, he scored an amazing 110 off only 46 balls, the fastest by an Indian batsman. Rahul also set the record for the fastest batsman to have scored centuries in all three formats in just 20 innings. Furthermore, he became the first player ever to score a T20I hundred at number 4 or below.
Told you right, he scores record-breaking centuries. So you know what you need to do KL Rahul, hits a century. Check out this space to see if he has broken any records!!
KL Rahul Girlfriend
In another ‘Bollywood meets Cricket’ storyline, the stylish batsman from Mangalore is rumoured to be dating actress Athiya Shetty, the daughter of Bollywood actor Sunil Shetty and Mana Shetty Athiya. She was born on 5 November 1992. After finishing her schooling from Cathedral and John Connon School, she shifted to the American School of Bombay.
To pursue acting, Athiya went to New York City at the age of 18 to enrol in the New York Film Academy. Her first movie was ‘Hero’, in which she was cast opposite Sooraj Pancholi. For her role in the movie, she got nominated for Filmfare Best Female Debut.
Speaking about their relationship, Sunil Shetty said “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.”
KL Rahul Workout Routine
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 in 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 tp exercise his biceps, triceps, shoulders and his back muscles, pull-ups focus on his arm and back muscles.
- KL Rahul is the only the second Indian to score centuries in T20Is.
- 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.
- KL Rahul remains the only batsman to hit a triple-century in a first-class match.
- KL Rahul idolises 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. It was later that he realised as that Sunny’s son was named Rohan.