Though he might have not stamped his authority in the longer formats of the game KL Rahul has consistently proven to be a valuable asset when it comes to T20 cricket.
The Karnataka based batsman resides at the fifth spot in the ‘ICC Player Rankings for Best T20 Batsmen,’ and is currently an active part of the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
It was in the 2016 edition of the IPL when Rahul emerged as a force to be reckoned with after scoring 397 runs in 12 innings, which was followed by an impressive run for the men in blue in T20Is.
The current season is paying dividends for the frontline batsman as well, as he’s fourth in the list of the ‘Orange Cap’ race with 441 runs, which also includes four half-centuries and a hundred with an average of 55.
With Rahul’s blistering knock of 42 of 27 against RCB in his latest outing, the batsman reached a landmark feat of scoring 3000 runs in T20 cricket. As a result of that, KL Rahul is now the fastest among Indian players to reach the accolade in less than 100 innings.
Australian international Shaun Marsh is the quickest to score 3000 runs, as he did it in 85 innings. KL Rahul has overtaken Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir who previously achieved the landmark feat in 107 innings each.
With Shaun Marsh being on top of the list in terms of fewest innings to score 3000 runs in T20 cricket; it’s the ‘Universe Boss,’ Chris Gayle who comes in second by scoring those runs in 87 innings.
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch is on the third spot who’s batted in 90 innings to overcome that feat, while Pakistan’s Babar Azam has featured in 92 innings to score 3000 runs in T20 cricket.
Mike Hussey and KL Rahul share the fifth spot who’ve achieved the milestone in 93 innings apiece.
KL Rahul’s recent good form in the IPL has also proved pivotal for the batsman in claiming a berth in the Indian squad for the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup of 2019.
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