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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 Spin
ODI Debut June 11, 2016 v Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare

For people, pleasure is something of a personal topic. They don't really wish to discuss it openly but we don't have that difficulty. We can talk about it openly since our first love is cricket, and watching Lokesh Rahul bat makes us flutter like a flag in a windy weather. Yes, that's our dirty pleasures of life.


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
Tests29481181119938.53309858.4551121912410
ODIS1211325710032.1232778.591120460
T20IS1917369611049.71449155.0124583460
First-class681154541133748.74946757.15142768444770
List A50496161411037.53218273.964913125294
Twenty20867513240511038.791718139.98217210100355

Bowling Averages

MatInnsBallsRunsWktsAveEconSR4w5w10
Tests29 ----- -----
ODIS12 ----- -----
T20IS19 ----- -----
First-class68 9168830- 2.96-000
List A50 32142142.00 12.0021.00000
Twenty2086 ----- -----

Split by Team in Tests

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
Australia611 152352.3051.621101630000
Bangladesh12 0126.0057.14100010000
England814 053238.0063.4819920170000
New Zealand12 07035.0078.65380000000
South Africa24 0307.5029.70160010000
Sri Lanka711 035432.1861.0310813130000
West Indies33 023678.6660.201581160000
Afghanistan11 05454.0084.37540100000

Split by Team in ODIs

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
England55 1338.2561.11110020000
Sri Lanka43 0289.3373.68170010000
Zimbabwe33 2196196.0083.40100*1130000

Split by Team in T20Is

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
Bangladesh21 02424.00171.42240010000
England66 122745.40155.47101*1100000
Sri Lanka55 019639.20139.00890230000
West Indies21 1110-215.68110*1000000
Zimbabwe33 16934.50113.1147*0010000
Ireland11 07070.00194.44700110000

Last 5 Matches in Tests

  • Batting
  • 37(53) v England on September 7, 2018
  • 149(224) v England on September 7, 2018
  • 19(24) v England on August 30, 2018
  • 0(7) v England on August 30, 2018
  • 23(53) v England on August 18, 2018
  • 36(33) v England on August 18, 2018
  • 8(14) v England on August 9, 2018
  • 10(16) v England on August 9, 2018
  • 4(2) v England on August 1, 2018
  • 13(24) v England on August 1, 2018
  • Bowling
  • DNB vs England on September 7, 2018
  • DNB vs England on August 30, 2018
  • DNB vs England on August 18, 2018
  • DNB vs England on August 9, 2018
  • DNB vs England on August 1, 2018

Last 5 Matches in ODIs

  • Batting
  • 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
  • 4(6) v Sri Lanka on August 24, 2017
  • Bowling
  • 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
  • DNB vs Sri Lanka on August 24, 2017

Last 5 Matches in T20Is

  • Batting
  • 19(10) v England on July 8, 2018
  • 6(8) v England on July 6, 2018
  • 101*(54) v England on July 3, 2018
  • 70(36) v Ireland on June 29, 2018
  • 24(14) v Bangladesh on March 18, 2018
  • Bowling
  • DNB vs England on July 8, 2018
  • DNB vs England on July 6, 2018
  • DNB vs England on July 3, 2018
  • DNB vs Ireland on June 29, 2018
  • DNB vs Bangladesh on March 18, 2018

Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 India 4016 115
2 South Africa 3712 106
3 Australia 3499 106
4 England 4722 105
5 New Zealand 2354 102
FULL Ranking