Kannaur Lokesh Rahul, all of 22-years-old, has taken Indian domestic cricket by storm. The stylish right-handed opening batsman from Bangalore slammed twin tons for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy final against Central, sending out a timely reminder to the national selectors ahead of the Australian tour.
On Monday, when the national selectors met to pick the squad for the four Test matches in Australia, Rahul was almost an automatic choice as the reserve opener. It was an apt reward for a man who was the second-highest run scorer in 2013-14, with 1158 runs at 52.63. Rahul played crucial knocks as Karnataka won the Ranji Trophy title this season. (Dhoni to Miss First Test in Australia, Kohli to Lead)
Rahul has been striking the right chords for four years since making his first-class debut. He averages an impressive 51.21, having amassed 2100 runs from 27 matches. The icing on the cake were his two innings in the Duleep final at Feroz Shah Kotla as national selectors Vikram Rathour and Saba Karim watched from the stands. Rahul immediately got a thumbs up from his namesake, Rahul Dravid, who wanted the youngster in the India Test squad as the third opener.