The Indian cricket team’s opening batter and captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), Kannur Lokesh Rahul, popularly known as KL Rahul, turned 31 today i.e. April 18, 2023.
KL Rahul, an athletic and exquisite right-handed batter who can keep wickets in dire circumstances, started his career as a member of India’s Under-19 World Cup squad in 2010 and made his first-class debut later that year. He took his time to prove himself as a first-class cricketer, nevertheless, he had a breakout 2013-14 season, laying the groundwork for Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy victory with 1033 runs, including three centuries, three nineties, and a Man-of-the-Match performance in the final.
In 2014, the 31-year-old played his first international match in Melbourne against Australia on Boxing Day. Rahul made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2016, two years after playing his maiden Test match. He further played his first T20I later on the same tour.
Furthermore, Rahul is the first Indian cricketer to smash an ODI century in his debut. The Mangalore-born cricketer is also the fastest batter to score an international ton across all three formats. The right-handed batter took only 20 innings to achieve this feat.
KL Rahul is known for his unpretentious batting style and his demeanour due to which he has succeeded in gaining fans across different age groups. Not to mention his outstanding performance on the commercial pitch, which has increased his brand value. Let’s take a look at Rahul’s endorsements, net worth, investment and charitable contributions:
KL Rahul’s net worth is estimated to be in the range of INR 75 crore. This enormous fortune was built through his salaries from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), IPL contracts, and endorsement deals.
KL Rahul also has a magnificent flat in Bangalore worth INR 65 Lakh. Furthermore, the Karnataka batter owns the opulent 7000-square-foot Villa Milana in Goa. Post-marriage, KL Rahul moved in with his wife in a 4-BHK apartment in Mumbai.
Throughout the years, Rahul has inked numerous endorsement deals. The list includes some big brands like BharatPe, boAt, realme, Puma, TATA Nexon, Beardo, Zenovit, Cure.Fit, Red Bull, Gully, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), NUMI and XYXX.
Last year in April, Rahul didn’t just join XYXX as a brand ambassador but also as an investor by funding an undisclosed amount.
Apart from leading India’s formidable batting line-up on the international scene, KL Rahul has also functioned as a do-gooder off the pitch. The Indian opener is said to have protected a young cricketer from a rare blood illness by contributing funds for his procedure. In a heartwarming act in such difficult circumstances, Rahul assisted the 11-year-old Varad, who needed a critical bone marrow transplant.