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Age: 31 Years
Wife: Athiya Shetty
Hometown: Bengaluru

KL Rahul

Bio/Wiki
Real name/Full nameKannur Lokesh Rahul
NicknameKL
ProfessionCricketer (Batsman and Wicket-keeper)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 11”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 40 Inches
- Waist: 32 Inches
- Biceps: 12 Inches
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlack
Cricket
International DebutTest- 26 December 2014 against Australia at Melbourne
ODI- 11 June 2016 against Zimbabwe at Harare
T20- 18 June 2016 against Zimbabwe at Harare
Jersey Number#1, 11 (India)
#1, 11 (Domestic)
KL Rahul jersey number 1
Domestic/State TeamClub Cricket

• Bangalore Brigadiers (2009-2011)
• Canara Bank (2012-13)
• Hubli Tigers (2014-15)

First-class/List-A/T20

• Karnataka Under-15 (2005-2007)
• Karnataka Under-17 (2007-08)
• Karnataka Under-19 (2007-2010)
• Karnataka State Cricket Association City XI (2009-10)
• Karnataka State Cricket Association Colts XI (2009-10)
• Karnataka Under-22 (2009-2012)
• Karnataka State Cricket Association XI (2010-2014)
• South Zone Under-19 (2010-11)
• Karnataka State Cricket Association President's XI (2011-2015)
• Karnataka Under-25 (2012-2014)
• Indian Board President's XI (2015-2018)
• South Zone (2012-2015)
• Karnataka (2009-2020)

Indian Premier League (IPL)

• Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) (2013, 2016)
• SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) (2014-2015)
• Kings XI Punjab (2018-2021)
• Lucknow Super Giants (2022-2024)

Other teams

• India Under-19 (2009-10)
• India Under-23 (2013)
• India A (2018-19)
• India (2014-present)
Coach/Mentor• Samuel Jayaraj
• GK Anil Kumar
• Somsekhar Shiraguppi
• Devdas Nayak
Batting StyleRight-handed
Favourite ShotOn drive
Records• In 2017, he became the 1st Indian and 6th overall cricketer to score 7 consecutive Test fifties
• First Indian cricketer to score a century on ODI debut (On 11 June 2016 against Zimbabwe)
• First cricketer to score a century in T20I match while playing at 4th or lower batting position (On 27 August 2016 against West Indies, 110 runs not out in 51 balls at 4th batting position)
• Fastest batsman to have scored centuries in all three formats
• Highest individual score by an Indian batter in an IPL match (132 runs not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on 24 September 2020)
• First Indian batsman to be dismissed hit-wicket in T20Is
• Fastest century in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup (On 12 November 2023 against Netherlands in 62 balls); Second Indian wicketkeeper-batsman after Rahul Dravid to score a century in the World Cup. [1]The Hindu
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Named as wicketkeeper in the ESPNcricinfo and Cricbuzz IPL XI of 2016 season
• Named in the Cricinfo and Cricbuzz IPL XI of 2018 season
• Eklavya Award by Karnataka government in November 2020
Personal Life
Date of Birth18 April 1992 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2023)31 Years
BirthplaceMangalore, Karnataka, India
Zodiac signAries
Signature KL Rahul signature
NationalityIndian
HometownBengaluru, Karnataka, India
SchoolNITK English Medium School, Surathkal
College/UniversitySri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College, Bengaluru
Educational QualificationBachelor of Commerce (B.Com)
ReligionHinduism
Caste/CommunityLingayat
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
Hobbies• Tattooing
• Playing (tennis, football)
KL Rahul playing tennis and football
• Listening to music
• Playing on PlayStation
Tattoo(s)He has 24 tattoos on his body which includes
• Parents’ names
• Lighthouse on his left forearm
• Wings on the back
KL Rahul's tattoos
ControversiesDeleting his photo from Twitter

In July 2016, when Indian cricket team toured West Indies, during a day off KL Rahul posted a photo with a beer bottle on Twitter which went viral but was not liked by some of the BCCI officials as according to them, it will send a bad example to the cricket fans; however, Rahul immediately deleted the photo after the BCCI's objection.
KL Rahul drinking beer

Twitter fight with a fan

In February 2017, when he tweeted about Ravichandran Ashwin following him on Twitter, he received various replies, one of which by "BeingChirag Dave" caught his attention as it was a harsh one. Rahul couldn't stop himself and gave him a sarcastic reply.
KL Rahul twitter war with a fan

Comments on Koffee with Karan

In 2019, he, along with Hardik Pandya, were invited in Karan Johar's talk show 'Koffee with Karan.' The episode stirred controversy due to their sexist comments.
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsElixir Nahar (Model)
K. L. Rahul with Elixir Nahar
Sonam Bajwa (Actress) [2]India
Sonam Bajwa
Athiya Shetty (Actress) (rumoured) [3]Hindustan Times
K. L. Rahul's Instagram post about her rumoured girlfriend Athiya Shetty
Marriage Date23 January 2023
Athiya Shetty and KL Rahul's wedding photo
Family
Wife/SpouseAthiya Shetty
ChildrenNone
ParentsFather- KN Lokesh (Dean)
Mother- Rajeshwari (History Professor)
KL Rahul with his family
SiblingsSister- Bhavna (Younger)
Favourites
Cricketer(s)Batsman- Rahul Dravid, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli
Bowler- Dale Steyn, Mitchell Starc
Cricket GroundM. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney
Athlete(s)Usain Bolt (Sprinter), Roger Federer (Tennis)
Football TeamManchester United F.C.
Footballer(s)Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Beckham
Food(s)Sushi, Bhindi curry
ActorRanbir Kapoor
ActressesAishwarya Rai , Shraddha Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Scarlett Johansson
Music Band(s)Linkin Park, Coldplay, The Script
Song(s)"Firestone" by Kygo
"Ghost Town" by Adam Lambert
"Cold Water" by Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ
BookLife Without Limits by Nick Vujicic
AppInstagram
SuperheroBatman
Car(s)Batmobile, Maserati
Colour(s)Black, White
Destination(s)Greece, Spain
Style Quotient
Car Collection• Lamborghini Huracan Spyder worth Rs 4.10 crores
• Audi R8 worth Rs 2.30 crores
• BMW 5 Series worth Rs 63.90 lakhs
KL Rahul with one of his cars
• Range Rover Velar worth Rs 1.02 crores
• Mercedes C43 AMG worth Rs 75 lakhs
• Aston Martin DB11 worth Rs 3.79 crores
• Land Rover Defender 110 worth Rs. 1.5 crore
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)Rs 20 crore

Note: He earns this income in 2024 from his IPL contract and BCCI contract.
Net Worth (approx.)$12 Million (Rs 100 crore)

Note: This estimate of net worth is for 2023.

KL Rahul

Some Lesser Known Facts About KL Rahul

  • KL Rahul was born into a middle-class Mangalorean family with a teaching background. KL Rahul's childhood pic with his sister
  • He has always been a sports junkie who throughout his childhood used to play all kinds of sports. His parents always encouraged him to play sports, but on one condition that if his grades will decrease, he will have to stop playing sports, and he never let it happen throughout his studies.

    KL Rahul with his mother during childhood

    KL Rahul with his mother during childhood

  • His father was a huge fan of Sunil Gavaskar and mistook the name of his son ‘Rohan’ as ‘Rahul,’ and thus named his son Rahul.
  • He used to be a mischievous yet reserved as a kid.
  • His father used to be the secretary of his school, and he took it for granted by taking certain advantage such as by colouring his hair, wearing casual shoes, etc.
  • At the age of 11, he started his rigorous cricketing practice at St Aloysius College Centenary Grounds in Mangaluru Central and Nehru Maidan as well. When he was below 14, he used to play both the Under-14 and Under-16 Karnataka teams.

    KL Rahul childhood pic with his coach Samuel Jayaraj

    KL Rahul childhood pic with his coach Samuel Jayaraj

  • In his early professional cricketing days, he wanted to grow long hair but his coach told him that you can have long hair after achieving certain things in your career.

    KL Rahul long hair

    KL Rahul long hair

  • He is counted amongst the most stylish Indian cricketers, who considers David Beckham as his style icon, who inspired him to get his first tattoo at the age of 15, and when his mother came to know about it, she got so upset with it that she didn’t talk with him for some time.
  • At the age of 17, he moved to Bengaluru to pursue his cricket career and did his cricket training from the Karnataka State Cricket Academy (KSCA). The next year, he made his first-class debut in the Ranji Trophy for Karnataka in the 2010-11 season.

    KL Rahul at the age of 18

    KL Rahul at the age of 18

  • He played for India Under-19 in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup.
  • Rahul became the first cricketer from Karnataka to score a triple century in the Ranji Trophy after hitting 337 runs against Uttar Pradesh in a match of the the 2014-2015 Ranji Trophy season.
  • While playing first-class cricket for Karnataka, he had bullied his junior teammate Karun Nair a lot.

    KL Rahul and Karun Nair (left)

    KL Rahul and Karun Nair (left)

  • He had a disastrous Test debut against mighty Australia at Melbourne, where he scored only 3 and 1. He was low on confidence after the failure on his debut, but somehow managed to lift his spirits and in the next Test match at Sydney, he smashed his maiden ton (110 runs).
  • SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) acquired him for Rs 1 crore during the auction for the 2014 IPL season.
  • He started his cricket career as an orthodox Test batsman, but struggled to prove himself in the first few years of the IPL in 2014 and 2015. At that time, his childhood coach, Samuel Jayaraj, worked upon his technique and temperament to play aggressive cricket and in the IPL 2016, he came out all guns blazing as he scored 397 runs with a healthy strike rate of 146.
  • Every time before going to the cricket field, he says “I’m the best” to himself to get motivated.
  • If he wasn’t a cricketer, he would have been a soldier.
  • He is quite spiritual and goes to a temple every Thursday.
  • Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) acquired him for Rs 11 crore for the 2018 IPL season.

  • On 16 May 2018, he was so disappointed following a close loss to ‘Mumbai Indians’ that despite being given the ‘Player of the Match’ award, he gave it to a fan of his in the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
  • Rahul was appointed as an Assistant Manager at the Reserve Bank of India in 2018 on the recommendation of, SS Mundhra, the then Governor of RBI, SS Mundhra. [4]Zee News
  • In January 2022, he captained India for the first time in the 2nd Test against South Africa.
  • He has suffered many injuries throughout his career. He missed the 2017 IPL season and 2017 Champions Trophy due to an injured left shoulder. He underwent surgery in Germany to treat the sports hernia diagnosed in June 2022.
  • On 19 January 2022, he became only the second Indian to captain India before making 50 appearances in the ODI format; Mohinder Amarnath led India on his 35th appearance in ODIs in 1984. [5]WION
  • During the 2023 ODI World Cup final against Australia, KL Rahul scored 66 runs in 107 deliveries at a strike rate of 61.68 and hit only 1 four. After India’s loss, many fans and cricket commentators criticised Rahul for his slow innings and said that his innings put pressure on Virat Kohli.
  • On 23 November 2023, Rahul took to Twitter and posted a message ‘Still Hurts’ with a heartbreak sign to release his emotions after the loss.

    KL Rahul's Twitter post after losing 2023 World Cup final

    KL Rahul’s Twitter post after losing the 2023 World Cup final

  • KL Rahul often drinks alcoholic drinks such as beer during parties.

    KL Rahul drinking beer

    KL Rahul drinking beer

  • He is a passionate watch collector and owns three Rolex watches, the Day-Date 18k Rose Gold, Cosmograph Daytona, and Datejust Oyster Yellow Gold. He also has a Panerai Radiomir 1940, Hublot Classic Fusion Ceramic King Gold, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Stainless Steel, and Patek Philippe Nautilus 57121/A. [6]Man’s World

    KL Rahul wearing one of his expensive watches

    KL Rahul wearing one of his expensive watches

  • He is a dog lover and has many dogs.

    KL Rahul playing with his dog

    KL Rahul playing with his dog

  • His preferred breakfast includes 4 eggs, avocado, 1 fruit and a protein shake. His best cheat meal includes biryani, gajar ka halwa, and ice cream
  • In an interview, he said that he gets annoyed when people try to distract him by making gestures from behind the side screen.
  • When asked which actor should play him in a film, he said that Ranbir Kapoor would portray him in the best way.

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