Take out David Warner and the only most consistent batsman in IPL is KL Rahul, the Punjab Kings skipper. While Warner had a rare slump in IPL 2021, Rahul became the first Indian batsman to score 500+ runs for a fourth consecutive season, a record even Virat Kohli doesn’t have. On Sunday, with an unbeaten 25, he raced dethroned Ruturaj Gaikwad to take back Orange Cap lead and post yet another 500+ score in IPL.
It all started after KL Rahul moved to Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab) in 2016. In the first year, he scored 659 runs at an average of 54.91 and a strike rate of 54.19. Since then he has maintained a 50+ average despite PBKS not winning a title
In IPL 2019, he scored 593 runs in 14 matches with an average of 53.90 and followed it up with 670 runs at an average of 55.83 in IPL 2020.
Only Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar are two Indians to have scored 500+ runs in consecutive seasons. But they repeat it only once in the following year. However, it is David Warner who holds the record, scoring 500 or more for six consecutive seasons. He only missed IPL 2018 owing to a ball-tampering ban.
In IPL 2021, Rahul has already scored 521 runs in 11 matches with an average of 57.88. On Sunday, he only needed 19 runs and it was no issue as PBKS began a chase of 165 against RCB. In front Virat Kohli, Rahul raced to 500 runs, scoring 39 off 35 balls.
KL Rahul in IPL – The record-breaker
- Rahul is the only Indian batsman to score 500+ runs for the fourth consecutive season, only David Warner has achieved the feat.
- In the last four seasons, KL Rahul has scored at an average of 53+.
- KL Rahul has the best average amongst Indians in IPL with 50 matches minimum. In eight seasons, Rahul has averaged 46.60. Only Ruturaj Gaikwad has averaged 50+ playing just 18 games.
- KL Rahul has the fastest half-century in IPL, racing to the mark in just 14 balls.
- With an unbeaten 132, KL Rahul is the highest individual scorer amongst Indians.