Rated highly by the great Rahul Dravid for his near-perfect batting skills, KL Rahul is the quintessential opener with all the traits of becoming a modern day great of the gentlemen's game. Belongs to the India's next generation of batsmen, Rahul's breakthrough moment came in the 2013-14 Ranji season when he laid the foundation for Karnataka's triumph with 1033 runs. It included three centuries, three nineties, and a Man-of-the-Match performance in the final. After making an unforgettable Test debut against Australia at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rahul found his mojo in his second Test in Sydney where he stroked a brilliant hundred to stamp his class in the international arena. He was later selected in the limited-overs squads in Zimbabwe and West Indies in mid-2016. Rahul repaid the faith of selectors in style and showed his versatility across formats by scoring a hundred each on his ODI and T20I debut. In the lucrative Indian Premier League, the Bangalore-born batsman has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad so far. After spending last two seasons with RCB, Rahul has been picked up by Kings XI Punjab in this year's player auction. He was one of the most expensive Indian buys (Rs 11 crore) of the 2018 edition. Rahul can open or bat at No 3 and 4, and given his ability as a wicketkeeper, this is a key purchase for KXIP. Major teams - India, Bangalore Brigadiers (Urban), India Under-19s, India Under-23s, Karnataka, Karnataka State Cricket Association Colts XI, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Zone, Sunrisers Hyderabad Playing role - Opening batsman Batting style - Right-hand batread more
KL Rahul struck a combative 112 but New Zealand completed a 3-0 whitewash of India by winning the third ODI by five wickets on Tuesday.
After Sunday's win, skipper Virat Kohli hinted that he might experiment with the line-up in Tuesday's game.
After this win, KXIP Punjab grabbed the fourth spot in the points table with 10 points to keep play-off hopes alive.
Pollard’s pyrotechnics stole the thunder from Kings XI openers KL Rahul who had carried his bat through with an unbeaten 100 in 64 balls
Rahul (71*) and Agarwal (55) stitched 114 runs off 84 balls for the second wicket to take Kings XI close to the target.
At the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, the wicket is usually low and slow but the team would not like to be surprised in the key game which makes the toss crucial.
Rahul failed for the 15th time in 17 innings this year leading to experts saying that his technique is alright but he has to spend time at the crease to gain confidence.
India went in with lone spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin, supporting a three-pronged pace attack in the first Test against England in Birmingham.
England won the toss and decided to bat against India in the opening Test of the five match series in Birmingham on Wednesday. India included in-form KL Rahul in place of seasoned Cheteshwar Pujara, who is yet to score a fifty this season.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag said he was surprised by the Indian team management's decision to exclude batsman Lokesh Rahul from the Playing XI for the third and final ODI against England in Headingley.
As India's tour of England nears, former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has laid special emphasis on the importance of building an important opening partnership which will lay the foundation for the team.
Cricketer KL Rahul shares video of Captain Virat Kohli getting his beard insured
India will play their second Test match against England at the Lord's, which is considered to be the "Mecca of Cricket" and KL Rahul knows how much it's worth to play on the historic ground and get his name on their Honours Board. He is pretty confident to score a century and get his name on the elite club.
KL Rahul is easily among the few standout performers of the ongoing IPL 2018 which has reached its business end. The right-handed batsman has hardly put a foot wrong in the cash-rich league and has scored prolifically for his franchise - KXIP