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Kannur Lokesh Rahul popularly known as KL Rahul is an Indian Cricketer who plays for Karnataka domestic cricket and is the captain of IPL team Punjab Kings. He is a wicket keeper and plays right handedly. KL Rahul made his International debut in the year 2014 and scored a maiden test century in his test match.
KL Rahul Biography
Full Name- Kannur Lokesh Rahul
Date of Birth- 18 April, 1992
Age (2021)- 29 Years
Birth Place- Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Zodiac Sign- Aries
Hometown- Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Address- Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Hobbies- Tattooing, Playing tennis, Football, Listening to Music
Food Habit- Non-vegetarian
Coach/Mentor- Samuel Jayaraj, GK Anil Kumar, Somsekhar Shiraguppi, Devdas Nayak
Physical Stats of KL Rahul
Weight- 75 Kg
Eye Color- Brown
Hair Color- Black
KL Rahul Early Life
Kannur Lokesh Rahul was born on the 18th of April 1992 in Mangalore Karnataka to academician 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 Rajeshwari 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 name. In a family of academician it was cricket that got 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. Hw continued to study and practice side by side.
KL Rahul Biography
KL Rahul Education
School- NITK English Medium School, Surathkal
College/University- Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College, Bengaluru
Educational Qualification – Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)
KL Rahul Career
Rahul was coach by Samuel Jayaraj in his teenage days. In 2006, he shifted his home best to Bangalore to make his cricketing ability best. With his shift, KL Rahul now had better guidance under former Karnataka players like KG Anil and Somsekhar Shiraguppi. In 2010, he was selected for India Under-19 to play at the 2010 ICC Under-19 World Cup. Within the year, Rahul was chosen to play for Ranji Trophy. He enrolled himself in Jain University’s Bachelor of Commerce course to keep up his promise to his father. While normal kids cannot handle studies alone, KL was playing for Karnataka, India U-19 and Completing his graduation all at the same time. In the U-19 World Cup at England, KL Rahul finished as India’s second highest run scorer with 143 runs in 6 matches with an average of 28.60 and strike rate of 69.08.
Domestic Career of KL Rahul
Breaking through the India Under 19 ranks, Rahul got the eyes of Karnataka selectors. His performance at the Under 19 World Cup 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.
He played only three matches with a nervous display of 105 runs. His under par performance meant he was not selected for the 2011-12 domestic season. However, Rahul got a second chance in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy Season. The young lad had a breakout season scoring 400 in five matches. The same season he was drafted in the IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. The next season saw the start of Rahul’s best performance for Karnataka and became a regular in the squad.
He scored 1,033 runs in the 10 matches. He finished as the second highest run scoree of the tournament as well as the highest of Karnataka. The brilliant performance caught the selector’s eyes and he was included in the Men in Blues’ test to down under.
International Career of KL Rahul
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 sport to bat, Rahul welcomed the challenge with open hands and scored a century in the second warm up game against Bangladesh.
Rahul opened with Rohit Sharma against Pakistan 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 is maiden hundred for India in the World Cup.
IPL Career of KL Rahul
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 season with SRH. He played 20 games in two seasons scoring 539 runs. Virat Kohli led RCB returned for the KL Rahul in 2016 and opener responded in their confidence in spectacular fashion. Rahul scored 397 runs from 14 matches in RCB run to the final.
Despite his lower 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. Royal Challengers Bangalore 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 Crore after bidding war. KL Rahul had his breakthrough season as an opener for Kings XI Punjab. He scored 659 runs strike rate of 158.4. In the six fifties, Rahul went on the cross 90 plus runs three times.
KL Rahul Biography
KL Rahul Family
Father- KN Lokesh (Dean)
Sister- Bhavna (Younger)
Awards of KL Rahul
1. KL Rahul was awarded the Cricketer of the Year Award in the 6th edition of Wisden India Almanack in 2018.
2. Rahul won the Orange cap in IPL 2020 for scoring most runs in IPL 2020 (670 runs). He was retained by the Punjab Kings ahead of the 2021 IPL season.
KL Rahul Affairs
Elixir Nahar (Model)
Sonam Bajwa (Actress)
Athiya Shetty (Actress)
KL Rahul Girlfriend
KL Rahul is rumoured to be dating actress Athiya Shetty, the daughter of Bollywood actor Sunil Shetty and Mana Shetty Athiya.
Girlfriend Athiya Shetty (Actor)
KL Rahul Net Worth
Net Worth $6 Million
Net Worth (Indian Rupee) 43 Crore Rupees
Monthly Salary 25 Lakh
Annual Salary 10 Crore
KL Rahul Controversies
1. In July 2016, when Indian cricket team toured West Indies, during a day off KL Rahul posted a photo with a beer bottle on Twitter. Then the image went viral but was not liked by some of the BCCI official as according to them, it will send a bad example to the cricket fans. However, Rahul immediately deleted the photo after the BCCI’s is objection.
2. In February 2017, when he tweeted about Ravichandran Ashwin following him on Twitter, he received various replies, one of which by ‘Being Chirag Dave” caught his attention as it was a hard one. Rahul could not stop himself and give a much sarcastic reply.
3. In 2019, he along with Hardik Pandya were invited in Karan Johar Talk Show Koffee with Karan. The episode stirred controversy due to the sexist comments.