Kinnaur Lokesh Rahul(aka KL Rahul) is one of the finest young test cricketers going around in India! The young run machine from Karnataka first bursted on the scene with his performances with the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He did not have a mind boggling IPL in 2016 but his classical technique and strong mindset caught the eyes of the selectors. He then had an amazing time in The Rani Trophy and was soon called to play for India!
Rahul made his debut in the Boxing Day Test match played at The Melbourne Cricket Ground between India and Australia. Rahul’s stay at the crease on his debut was a short-lived one as he was dismissed by Nathan Lyon quite cheaply. Rahul fought his way back in SCG and scored his first hundred at the International Level. Rahul then scored a hundred in Sri Lanka and since then there has been no looking back.
Cric-Crak presents to you 8 facts that will help you know more about KL Rahul!
- Why is Rahul’s name Rahul?
KL Rahul’s father Mr.KN Lokesh who is a professor at the National Institute of Technology was a huge of fan of Sunil Gavaskar and wanted to name his son after Sunil Gavaskar’s son. He mistook Rohan Gavaskar’s name and kept KL’s name as Rahul instead of Rohan. Now that was some serious confusion!
- Rahul idolises Rahul!
KL Rahul is a huge admirer of Rahul Dravid, the Wall of Indian Cricket. After his sensational knock in Australia KL told the media that Rahul Dravid had told him to keep things simple and continue to have a strong batting technique as that is like Oxygen to a batsman in Cricket!
- Rahul is a Mangalorian!
KL Rahul was born in Mangalore, but from many years now he and his family are living in Bangalore and hence KL has now become a die hard Bangalorean. He also plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore which is the icing on the cake!
- Rahul’s first taste of First Class Cricket!
Rahul’s Test Debut was a nightmare but his first class debut was one he would like to look back and smile about! he was 18 when he made his First Class debut for Karnataka against Punjab and he stroked a solid 61 in his very first game.
- First Triple Centurion from Karnataka!
KL Rahul is the first batsmen from Karnataka to score a triple hundred in Ranji Trophies! he hammered a well constructed 337 against Uttar Pradesh on 30th January 2015. Yes, even Rahul Dravid did not achieve this feat in his whole career.
- First Indian To Score A Century On ODI Debut
KL Rahul achieved this feat against Zimbabwe at their home ground in Harare in the year 2016. Team India in that game restricted the men in red for a mere 168 and India chased it down with ease, all thanks to the mighty KL Rahul who announced himself at the International Level with a splendid 100 *.
- Rahul’s love for Tattoos:
KL Rahul is addicted to Tattoos and has a total of seven tattoos on his body. He takes his style inspiration from his test captain Virat Kohli who too is very fond of Tattoos! Well, Well.. Take a Bow Guys! Both of you surely do know how to carry of those wonderful tattoos.
- Rahul’s love for Sports!
KL Rahul is a very sporting guy off the cricket field as well and has been seen playing many other games such as Football and Tennis with his Karnataka teammates at the KPL or when they have free time from their jam-packed cricket schedule!
Cric-Crak wishes more power to the majestic KL Rahul and hopes to see him smash it all over the World in all formats of the game!