Mangalore, Nov 10, 2014: Finally a Mangalorean lad has made it to the Indian test cricket team. It’s KL Rahul the talented batsman has been picked in India’s squad for the four-match Test series against Australia. It’s something to cheer about and we all need to be proud of KL Rahul, a wonderful cricket talent who could achieve this.
Hailing from Suratkal, Rahul pursued his early studies at NIT-K English Medium School and completed his PUC from St Aloysius College.
His cricketing skills were honed at an early age of 11 when he started playing cricket at Nehru Maidan under the guidance of KSCA coaches Devadas Nayak P and Samuel Jayaraj Muttu. He had even scored a double century in an under 13 cricket tourney, which explained his immense talent in the game. While studying PUC at St Aloysius, he made the city proud when he was selected to represent the country in the under-19 world Cup held at New Zealand.
Son of NIT-K Dean Dr. KN Lokesh and C Rajeshwari, a professor in Mangalore University College, Rahul is also extremely indebted to his parents for encouraging him in the field of cricket.
Rahul was seen as a leading contender for the reserve opener’s spot following consistent performances in domestic cricket and many, including former India captain Rahul Dravid had backed his selection.
The 22-year-old Karnataka batsman was the second-highest run-getter in the 2013-14 first-class season, scoring 1158 runs at 52.63. His performances were key to Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy triumph and he carried his form into this season, too, slamming a century in each innings of the Duleep Trophy final in New Delhi for South Zone. Rahul had toured Australia earlier this year with the India A squad, scoring 101 runs in two first-class games against Australia A.
Bellipadi Chandrahasa Alva is only other Mangaloren player who represented India in two unofficial Test matches in 1951-52.
Rahul Dravid is Rahul’s cricket icon and so is Sachin Tendulkar whom he immensely respects. Let’s wish all the best to this cricketing star of our city.