Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) batter KL Rahul achieved the 4,000-run milestone in his Indian Premier League (IPL) career while holding the record for the highest batting average in IPL history at 47.02. Remarkably, he became the fastest player to reach this milestone, accomplishing it in just 105 innings. This feat occurred during the IPL 2023 match between LSG and Punjab Kings (PBKS) at LSG’s home ground, the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
Finding his form in the game, KL Rahul scored an impressive 74 runs off 56 balls, which included eight fours and one six, with a strike rate of 132.14. Throughout his 114-match IPL career, Rahul has represented teams such as Punjab Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and currently, Lucknow Super Giants. He has accumulated 4,044 runs with an average of 47.02 and a strike rate of 135.16, boasting four centuries and 32 half-centuries, with his highest individual score being an unbeaten 132.
Rahul also holds the record for the highest batting average in IPL history at 47.02. Additionally, he is the quickest player to reach the 4,000-run milestone, achieving it in merely 105 innings. Other players trailing behind him include Chris Gayle (112 innings), David Warner (114 innings), Virat Kohli (128 innings), and AB de Villiers (131 innings).
His most fruitful season was in 2020 while playing for Punjab Kings, where he scored 670 runs in 14 matches with an average of 55.83. That season, he notched one century and five half-centuries, with a strike rate of 129.34 and a best score of 132 not out. Rahul earned the ‘Orange Cap’ for being the top run-scorer during that season.
Currently ranking as the 14th-highest run-scorer in IPL history, KL Rahul is part of an elite group of players. The top five run-scorers in the league are Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner, Rohit Sharma, and Suresh Raina, who have scored 6,838, 6,477, 6,109, 5,966, and 5,528 runs, respectively.