Kannanur Lokesh Rahul who is 26 years old (born 18 April 1992), commonly known as KL Rahul and also as Lokesh Rahul, is an Indian international cricketer who plays as a top order right-handed batsman and an occasional wicket keeper. He plays for Karnataka domestically.
Rahul’s parents are K.N.Lokesh and Rajeshwari. He grew up in Mangaluru. His father K.N.Lokesh is a professor in Civil Engineering and former Director at the National Institute of Technology in Surathkal, Mangaluru and Mother Rajeshwari is a History Professor at Mangaluru University. Rahul’s father K.M.Lokesh was an ardent fan of Sunil Gavaskar and wanted to name his son after him but he mistook Rohan Gavaskar’s name to be Rahul.
Rahul started playing cricket at the age of 11. A tall, elegant right-hand batsman who can keep wicket in a crisis, KL Rahul is among the highly rated opening batsmen in India’s next generation. Rahul was a part of India’s squad in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup and made his first-class debut later that year. Having taken a while to establish himself as a first-class cricketer, he enjoyed a breakthrough in 2013-14 season, laying the foundation for Karnataka‘s Ranji Trophy victory with 1033 runs, which included three centuries, three nineties, and a Man-of-the-Match performance in the final match.
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This right handed batsman has broken records to become the fastest to have scored centuries in all three formats of the game and had a phenomenal run for Kings XI Punjab in 2018’s Indian Premier League.