Teams Played For
India, Karnataka, East Zone, South Zone, Royal Challengers Bangalore, India A, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Indians, Hubli Tigers, Indian Board Presidents XI, Bellary Tuskers, Kings XI Punjab
A lanky, elegant right-hand batsman and also reliable with the gloves, KL Rahul is among the most highly rated opening batsmen in India's current set-up. Since his century in the Sydney Test of India’s tour to Australia in 2013-14, Kannur Lokesh Rahul has been touted as the next big thing of the evergreen Indian batting line-up. He has all the shots in his arsenal and does not have a notable weakness against either pacer or spinners. Ability to bat through the overs and hold the innings together. Or, hitting out the pacers over the top in remarkable fashion, Rahul has the class and the mindset to do it all in the cricket field.
After a series of poor performances in 2018, Rahul fell out of favour from the longest format of the game. But his stocks have been on the upward curve, perpetually ever since. After struggling to impeach either Shikhar Dhawan or Rohit Sharma, Rahul broke through into the lower middle order and did justice to his talents in the series against New Zealand at their home turf. A top-order batsman playing well deep down the order as a finisher, shows the versatility of Rahul - the batsman.
Rahul set the record for the fastest batsman to have scored centuries in all three formats in just 20 innings, surpassing the record of Ahmed Shehzad who took 76 innings. Arriving a the international scene in 2014, Rahul has come a long way. The Bangalore-born cricketer, sadly, has lost his place in the Test side but is currently being looked as a vital cog in the limited-overs format. After displaying modest performance with the bat in the 2019 World Cup, Rahul reinvented himself, having performed exceptionally in the ODI and T20 series that followed, thereafter.
Rahul had successful league stints at Bangalore and Hyderabad before he joined Kings XI Punjab in 2018. In his first match for the team, he broke the league record for the fastest half-century by bringing up his 50 off just 14 balls. Before the IPL 2020, KXIP management went for the revamp of the team and roped in Anil Kumble as the head coach along with the move to ask KL Rahul to lead the side. Rahul won the orange cap as he led from the front amassing 670 runs in 14 matches as Punjab failed to qualify for the playoffs. Scoring over 500 runs in the last three seasons of IPL, Rahul has been in destructive form in the coveted tournament. He likes to lead from the front and the 2021 season looks promising for him along with the new look Punjab team. And with the addition of bright youngsters in the squad, he would be hoping to seal a spot in the playoffs in the coming years.
Despite his immense promise Rahul has shown a worrying tendency to get out early. This is evidenced by the fact that he scored two centuries in his first five Tests, but got to double figures only once apart from those innings. Also, an excellent close-in fielder and more than a handy wicketkeeper, Rahul is definitely a long-term prospect for India if he can sort out his inconsistencies.
(As of June 2021)