Kannur Lokesh Rahul, commonly known as KL Rahul, is an India cricketer who other than playing as a right-handed batsman, also plays as a wicket-keeper occasionally. Representing India on an international level, KL Rahul has been a consistent player in domestic cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL) team Royal Challengers Bangalore.
After being a part of 2010 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Rahul made his international debut in the 2014-15 Test series played against Australia at Melbourne. He had a major breakthrough when he scored a century on his One Day International debut against Zimbabwe in June 2016, becoming the first Indian cricketer to do so on the debut match. The tall, young, and highly rated opening batsman started playing with the IPL team in 2013.
He is only the third Indian batsman to score a century in all the three formats of International cricket.
Born in Mangalore, he started playing cricket at the age of 11 and moved to Bengaluru to pursue his career in cricket from Jain University. During the felicitation ceremony held at the Jain University in 2016, the 24-year old alumni was honored for his remarkable performance with a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh. The batting sensation expressed gratitude on his alma mater’s contribution to his career.
Rahul credited his success to the University. “I always used to ask the Sports Director about the numbers of classes I need to attend and he told me to get back onto the cricket field and not to worry about my attendance. It was this sort of support that gave me the freedom to concentrate on my game and succeed,” he said. He has also been a part of Sports Award Ceremony organized by the University.
In 2013, K L Rahul represented Jain University in an inter-collegiate cricket tournament and was labeled as the star performer of the tournament because of his high scores. Also, the century scored by Rahul helped Jain University record a 39-run win over University of Madras in the final match of the South Zone inter-university cricket championship. With his record of the fastest batsman to have scored centuries in all three cricket matches, he also became first triple-centurion for Karnataka in first-class cricket.