— by SAMBASIVA VELIVELLI
KL RAHUL could very well have been KL Rohan. His father, KN Lokesh, a professor at the National Institute of Technology in Karnataka, was a big fan of Sunil Gavaskar and wanted to name him after the original master blaster’s son. But he mistook Rohan Gavaskar’s first name as Rahul.
“Rahul started playing cricket at the age of 11. He was good at both studies and cricket,” Rahul’s father Dr.Lokesh “He played volleyball, hockey, football at school, but cricket was his priority.”
He moved to Bangalore at the age of 17 and joined Bangalore United Cricket Club, whom his idol Rahul Dravid also played for and later in the first division league with Vultures Cricket Club. He has represented Karnataka at the Under – 13, 15, 17, 19 and 23 levels before featuring for the Ranji team.
RISE OF KL RAHUL IN INDIAN CRICKET
He had taken a while to set up himself as a top of the line cricketer, he delighted in an achievement 2013-14 season, establishing the framework for Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy triumph with 1033 runs, which included three centuries, three nineties, and a Man-of-the-Match performance in the final. He is the principal batsmen to score a triple hundred for Karnataka.
Subsequent to getting a call structure national group for his introduction against Australia at MCG. He played a rash shots down the request in that match and can’t use the opportunity, yet on account of his 110 runs an opener at SCG. After that he had accepted the opportunity with both hands by scoring hundreds of years against Sri Lanka and West Indies in tests and also his century against Zimbabwe in his odi debut.
CARRIER STATISTICS :
But however he has changed his batting style with more aggressive approach where we have seen him as a opener of RCB in IPL under Kohli’s captaincy. He is enjoying his current great form by piling of more runs in national team after a fruitful IPL season.
Despite his immense promise Rahul has shown a worrying tendency to get out early. This is evidenced by the fact that he scored three centuries in his first six tests, but got to double figures only once apart from those innings. He is also an excellent close-in fielder and more than handy wicket-keeper, Rahul is definitely a long-term prospect for India who is capable of converting 50’s into big scores if he can sort out his inconsistencies.
TEST CENTUIES :
|1||110||2||Australia||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||2015||Drawn|
|2||108||4||Sri Lanka||Colombo, Sri Lanka||P Sara Oval||2015||Won|
|3||158||6||West Indies||Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies||Sabina Park||2016||Drawn|
ODI CENTURIES :
|1||100*||1||Zimbabwe||Harare, Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club||2016||Won|
Statistical highlights of the second day’s play in the second cricket Test between India and West Indies.
# Lokesh Rahul (158) has registered his career-best score in Tests, surpassing the 110 vs Australia at Sydney in January 2015. His only other hundred is 108 vs Sri Lanka at Colombo (PSS) in August 2015.
# Rahul’s marvellous knock is the first hundred by an Indian opener, playing in his first innings vs West Indies in West Indies, eclipsing the 96 by Ajay Jadeja at St John’s in 1996-97.
# Rahul has become the fifth Indian batsman to record a century in his first innings in the West Indies, joining Polly Umrigar (130 at Port of Spain in 1952-53), Brijesh Patel (115 not out at Port of Spain in 1975-76), Ravichandran Ashwin (113 at North Sound in 2016) and Sanjay Manjrekar (108 at Bridgetown in 1988-89).
# Only two visiting batsmen have scored more than Rahul in their first Test innings in the Caribbean – Glenn Turner (NZ) – 223 not out at Kingston in February 1972 and Andrew Hudson (SA) – 163 at Bridgetown in April 1992.
# Rahul has become the third Indian opener to register the first three Test hundreds away from home, joining Sunil Gavaskar (8) and Vinoo Mankad (3).
# Rahul is the second Indian batsman after Mohammad Azharuddin to convert his first three fifties into centuries. While setting a Test record of posting his first three hundreds in his first three Tests, Azharuddin had accomplished the feat against England in 1984-85 – 110 at Kolkata, 105 at Chennai and 122 at Kanpur.