Indian youngster KL Rahul is making his talent count having notched up two Test centuries already. The 22-year-old has long been earmarked as the next big thing in Indian cricket and the Karnataka lad has already shown that he can live up to the billing. Here are 4 facts about the young talent of the Indian batting line up.
The story behind the name
KL Rahul could very well have been KL Rohan. His father, KN Lokesh, was a big fan of Sunil Gavaskar and wanted to name him after the little master’s son. But he mistook Rohan Gavaskar’s first name as Rahul.
Rahul’s Test debut might not be one he wishes to look back on fondly, but his first taste of domestic cricket was certainly one to remember. He made his first-class debut for Karnataka as an 18-year-old in 2010 and impressed everyone right away with a knock of 61 against Punjab.
Rahul’s addicted to tattoos
The Karnataka batsman has the backing of his skipper Virat Kohli in his cricketing abilities and Rahul has in turn drawn inspiration from Kohli’s style statements. Rahul says he too is addicted to tattoos and is planning to extend his already impressive collection of seven tattoos on his body. KL Rahul is Karnataka’s first and only triple-centurion in a first class match He has been able to achieve something even his idol has failed to achieve in his long illustrious career – score a triple century for Karnataka. Rahul had his breakthrough season last year and scored a mammoth 337 for his state team against Uttar Pradesh.
Dale Steyn’s prediction
Much before KL Rahul made his debut for India, Dale Steyn had predicted that his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate will play for the Indian team. “KL Rahul is, in my opinion, a man destined to play for India. He hasn’t quite scored the runs he would have liked this year, but I’ve seen a few batsmen in my career and he is serious class,” Steyn wrote for Times of India.