KL Rahul, as he is commonly known, was born on 18th April 1992 in Mangalore, India. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Lokesh, both from Mangalore. Here is the exciting part, Mr. Lokesh, a big cricket fan, wanted to name his son after the famous cricketer Sunil Gavaskar but ended up calling him Rahul. Growing up in Mangalore, he started playing cricket when he was only ten years old. Two years later, he was playing for both Bangalore United and his club in Mangalore. At 18, he went to Jain University to pursue his career in cricket.
Amazing, isn’t it?
Basic Information About the Player
Full Names: Kannur Lokesh Rahul
Age: 29 years old
Bat Style: Right-Handed
Teams: currently at Punjab Kings, previous teams include Royal challengers Bangalore, Bellary Tuskers, Hubli Tigers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Karnataka
Bowl Style: Fast Bowling, Right Arm
Achievements, Wins, and Leagues
In 2014, while playing for Karnataka, he became the first triple centurion to play first-class cricket. It was after scoring 337 out of 447 balls against Uttar Pradesh during the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy. In 2016, while playing against Zimbabwe, he became the first Indian batsman to score a century at the Harare sports club. In 2020, he was IPL’s team captain replacing the injured Rohit Sharma. During his short tenure, he led his team India against New Zealand to secure a 5-0 whitewash at the Bay Oval. He is also the captain of his team, the Punjab Kings while being the lead run-scorer.
He has had several wins over the years in his career. His parents spotted a spark in him and resolved to let him receive formal training to realize his talents. He had a decent debut season in 2010-11 when he broke into the Karnataka first-class side during the Under 19 cricket tournament. Despite being left out of the squad in the next season, he came back in 2012-13 in the best form. He managed to propel himself to the highest honor, an Indian Cap. In 2016, he was selected for the squad to play against Zimbabwe in the Harare Sports club and scored a century.
He has participated in major leagues such as IPL, T20I debut, ODI Debut, and Test Debut. His cricket career started at only ten years of age, and he has excelled all the way.
He dropped out of the IPL in 2017 due to a shoulder injury he suffered in Pune during the first Indian Australian Test. The surgery took place in London; hence, he lost five weeks of play in the league. However, despite the injuries and recurrences that made him miss out on playing XI till the Chennai Tests, he managed a major comeback that is his current high score. Additionally, he has also suffered acute appendicitis during the IPL 2021 in May but continues to recuperate.
Last Matches Played
He played for the Punjab Kings in the IPL 2021, where in the 4th match played on 12th April 2021 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, they won 4 runs against the Rajasthan Royals. Not only did he lead by example, since he is team captain, but his innings had a better tempo in comparison to the previous season.
During the 8th match of the IPL 2021, played on 16th April 2021 against Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium, they lost by eight wickets, with the player of the match being Deepak Chahak from the Chennai Super Kings.
He also participated in the 11th Match against Delhi Capitals played on 18th April 2021. Unfortunately, the Punjab Kings lost by six wickets at the Wankhede stadium.