Another batsman from the Indian school of pleasant stroke-making, KL Rahul is a sight to behold when on song. His sumptuous shot-making has often made people expect more from the Karnataka batsman. And as a result, his slump in form in 2018 was nearly unimaginative for a batsman who was technically correct with nearly all aspects of his game. The start of his international career was not characterized by flamboyance and elegance. However, it was later when he began to find his feet, especially in the white-ball game, that KL Rahul began to blossom with centuries in nearly all formats.
Test Debut in Australia
Rahul made his India debut against Australia in the Boxing Day Test in 2014-15. It wasn't a memorable outing for him as perished in single digits in both innings of the Test match. However, in his second Test at Sydney, Rahul scored his maiden Test century after being asked to open the batting. It was an innings of great composure, skills, and patience that told the world a thing or two about the future Indian sensation.
A Dream run in 2016
KL Rahul witnessed a stellar run of form in 2016 where he scored centuries in all three formats of the game. He became the first Indian player to score a century on ODI debut with an unbeaten 100* against Zimbabwe. Carrying on his rich vein of form, the right-hander even smashed a century in a T20I against West Indies to become only the third Indian player to register centuries across all formats. In December 2016, Rahul registered his highest individual score of 199 in Test cricket against England in Chennai.
Here's a look at the List of Centuries scored by KL Rahul in each format:
List of KL Rahul Centuries in Test Cricket:
KL Rahul's Test career has been a ride full of twists and turn. With a ton in his second Test itself, Rahul was well on course to carve out an interesting future in his Test career. However, a lean patch in 2018 saw him lose his Test spot from the Indian team. He made a comeback to earn his place back in the Test squad and even registered his sixth Test century in the 2nd Test at Lord's against England.
List of KL Rahul Centuries in ODI Cricket:
The 29-year old has had a mixed bag ODI career for India so far. With five ODI centuries in his ODI career, Rahul ranks among one of the best openers among contemporary players. He scored his maiden ODI hundred on his debut against Zimbabwe in 2016. Rahul even opened the innings alongside Rohit Sharma in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
List of KL Rahul Centuries in T20Is:
In 2016, Rahul scored his maiden T20I century against West Indies at Lauderhill in Florida. However, his rollicking efforts didn't prove enough for India as they lost by 1 run. His more memorable T20I century came against England in Manchester in 2018 where he rampaged his way to the three-figure mark.
List of KL Rahul Centuries in IPL
The current captain of the Punjab Kings in the IPL, KL Rahul scored his maiden IPL century against Mumbai Indians in 2019. Albeit in a losing cause, it was raining boundaries at Wankhede as Rahul crossed the three-figure mark for the first time in his IPL career. In IPL 2020, while leading the Punjab franchise, Rahul played a match-winning innings to hurt RCB with an unbeaten 132* run knock in Dubai.