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Lokesh Rahul

Lokesh Rahul
Full name Kannaur Lokesh Rahul
Born April 18, 1992, Bangalore, Karnataka
Current age 26
Major team India
Batting style Right Handed
Bowling style Off break
ODI Debut June 11, 2016 v Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare

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Born in Karnataka, the land of Rahul Dravid, this lad took to cricket like fish to water. He started early in his college, seeing his inclination towards the game, his parents backed him. He didn't disappoint either. With his hard work and dedication, Rahul got into the Under-19 squad, and from there to the Karnataka Ranji team. This happened in 2010-11 but the dream run didn't last long as he was dropped only to come back better and hungrier after a couple of years. In his comeback stint, he propelled Karnataka to the trophy while becoming one of the prolific run-scorers in the team.


Seeing his calibre, hunger and technique for the longest format, selectors took him to Australia for his first big test in 2014 after he made double hundreds for lunch in the domestic season. He faltered in his first-ever Boxing Test in Melbourne, however, the desire and the trust shown by the management urged him forward. Then the Indian entourage moved to Sydney, and in came the first of the many majestic displays of batting one could witness. Lokesh not only batted for 262 balls to prove his mantle, technique, agility but also scored his maiden hundred in the process. At just 23, he had a Test ton that too in Australia. Not many can pride themselves with such a feat. In the same year, he went to Sri Lanka and scored another gritty hundred in Colombo.


Well, he opened the doors for his arrival to the international cricket with a robust kick, but his inconsistency didn't help much. Just the next year, he scored a lucky or rather we should say, unlucky 199 against England. After that, a spell of consistent 60s and 70s followed. His inability to convert those into big ones troubled the cricket romantics considering the talent and class he possesses but he has age on his side, and surely he'd like to make the most of a promising looking career.


His ODI career didn't prosper as much in the initial stages. The scenery clears out once again in the T20Is where he has been better compared to other formats. In the first 19 matches he played for the national team, he averaged a staggering 49.71 with 2 magnificent unbeaten hundreds which happened to be the combined second most for any international cricketer then. He shares his name with legendary Rahul Dravid and has the compact, easy to the eyes technique to match him.


His Indian T20 league career has been a story in itself. He has travelled up and down India, playing for several different teams and making decent runs but never getting to the level where he could be seen as a match-winner by himself. After playing for the Bengaluru-based franchise for a few seasons, the Punjab-based team bought him in an aggressive auction in 2018. He reciprocated the faith by lighting up the league with the fastest 50 in the league that year. Even after that, he showed that he belonged in the elite list with a flurry of impressive innings and should be in there sooner than later.


Rahul took his T20I form to the United Kingdom in his back pocket, scoring a blistering 101* against England. His stroke play left the crowd in awe of his class. There is no doubt that KL Rahul is one for the present and the future. It seems just a matter of time before he unlocks his true quality and puts the cricketing record books on fire.

Batting and Fielding Averages

MatInnsNoRunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
Tests34562190519935.27328258.0451122514430
ODIS1312331710035.2239380.661225560
T20IS2522478211043.44527148.3824673660
First-class731235550533746.65965157.04142769046790
List A51506167411038.04224874.4641013626294
Twenty20928014249111037.741796138.69217219102355

Bowling Averages

MatInnsBallsRunsWktsAveEconSR4w5w10
Tests34 ----- -----
ODIS13 ----- -----
T20IS25 ----- -----
First-class73 9168830- 2.96-000
List A51 32142142.00 12.0021.00000
Twenty2092 ----- -----

Split by Team in Tests

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
Australia916 158038.6652.011101640000
Bangladesh12 0126.0057.14100010000
England814 053238.0063.4819920170000
New Zealand12 07035.0078.65380000000
South Africa24 0307.5029.70160010000
Sri Lanka711 035432.1861.0310813130000
West Indies56 127354.6057.591581170000
Afghanistan11 05454.0084.37540100000

Split by Team in ODIs

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
England55 1338.2561.11110020000
Sri Lanka43 0289.3373.68170010000
Zimbabwe33 2196196.0083.40100*1130000
Afghanistan11 06060.0090.90600100000

Split by Team in T20Is

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
Australia32 02713.5084.37140000000
Bangladesh21 02424.00171.42240010000
England66 122745.40155.47101*1100000
Sri Lanka55 019639.20139.00890230000
West Indies54 216984.50174.22110*1000000
Zimbabwe33 16934.50113.1147*0010000
Ireland11 07070.00194.44700110000

Last 5 Matches in Tests

  • Batting
  • 9(6) v Australia on January 3, 2019
  • 2(17) v Australia on December 14, 2018
  • 0(4) v Australia on December 14, 2018
  • 2(8) v Australia on December 6, 2018
  • 44(67) v Australia on December 6, 2018
  • 4(25) v West Indies on October 12, 2018
  • 33*(53) v West Indies on October 12, 2018
  • 0(4) v West Indies on October 4, 2018
  • Bowling
  • DNB vs Australia on January 3, 2019
  • DNB vs Australia on December 14, 2018
  • DNB vs Australia on December 6, 2018
  • DNB vs West Indies on October 12, 2018
  • DNB vs West Indies on October 4, 2018

Last 5 Matches in ODIs

  • Batting
  • 60(66) v Afghanistan on September 25, 2018
  • 0(2) v England on July 14, 2018
  • 9*(18) v England on July 12, 2018
  • 7(8) v Sri Lanka on August 31, 2017
  • 17(24) v Sri Lanka on August 27, 2017
  • Bowling
  • DNB vs Afghanistan on September 25, 2018
  • DNB vs England on July 14, 2018
  • DNB vs England on July 12, 2018
  • DNB vs Sri Lanka on August 31, 2017
  • DNB vs Sri Lanka on August 27, 2017

Last 5 Matches in T20Is

  • Batting
  • 14(20) v Australia on November 25, 2018
  • DNB v Australia on November 23, 2018
  • 13(12) v Australia on November 21, 2018
  • 17(10) v West Indies on November 11, 2018
  • 26*(14) v West Indies on November 6, 2018
  • Bowling
  • DNB vs Australia on November 25, 2018
  • DNB vs Australia on November 23, 2018
  • DNB vs Australia on November 21, 2018
  • DNB vs West Indies on November 11, 2018
  • DNB vs West Indies on November 6, 2018

Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 India 5007 116
2 South Africa 4280 110
3 England 5310 108
4 New Zealand 3213 107
5 Australia 4143 101
FULL Ranking