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Mangalorean KL Rahul gets big bucks at IPL

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Mangaluru based cricketer KL Rahul has become a Crorepati. He was bought by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 11 crore in the IPL Auction. He played for Royal Challengers Bangalore up until last year but they did not make any effort to retain him through RTM as KXIP, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

KL Rahul is known for batting as well as wicketkeeping skills. Rahul was expected to fetch the big bucks after a sensational run for India as an opener. In 2016, he had marked his arrival in T20 Internationals with a cracking hundred against West Indies in USA. Rahul was a part of India’s squad for the 2010 Under-19 World Cup and made his first-class debut later that year. He was left out of the squad for the succeeding season, but returned for the 2012-13 season.

Rahul made his Test debut in the Boxing Day Test beginning on 26 December 2014 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He replaced Rohit Sharma and was handed over the Test cap by MS Dhoni. He came to bat at number 6 and made 3 runs in the first innings. In the second innings he played at number 3 and made only 1 run. He retained his place for the fourth Test played at Sydney Cricket Ground. He opened the innings with Murali Vijay and made 110 runs, his maiden international hundred.

The selectors and the captain decided to give Rahul a go at his usual opening spot in the Sydney Test after series had already crumbled. He proved his mettle and stroked a patient century, grabbing attention and the eventually cementing his place in the national team. Rahul was selected in the limited-overs squads to Zimbabwe and West Indies in mid-2016. KL Rahul showed his versatility across all formats scoring a hundred each on ODI and T20I debut, after a fine run in the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Rahul is the only batsman to reach the score of 100 with a boundary on his maiden centuries in all the three formats of international cricket Mentored by Rahul Dravid, this right-hander shares more than just one trait with the former captain. Though the young right-hander needs to work a tad bit on his nerves and with an all-conditions’ technique to go with it. He is a versatile batsman who can comfortably adapt to different roles and playing conditions.

The Mangalorean player has been criticised for his fitness. He has been injured many times at such an young age of 25. He has been left out of series many times due to this.  He now has to make sure he etches his name in the big tournament coming in because stakes are high on him this season.

Rahul was born on 18 April 1992 to K. N. Lokesh and Rajeshwari in Mangalore, where he grew up. Lokesh is a professor and acting director at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka in Surathkal, and Rajeshwari is a history professor at Mangalore University. Lokesh, who was a fan of the cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, wanted to name his son after Gavaskar’s, but mistook Rohan Gavaskar’s name to be Rahul.

SeeandSay.in wishes all the best to KL Rahul.

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