Rahul Chahar Biography
Rahul Desraj Chahar, born on 4 August 1999 is an Indian cricket player who plays for the India U19, U23 and India-A team.
He plays for IPL team Mumbai Indians at club level and for Rajasthan state team at the national level.
Born in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, Rahul is a right arm leg-break spinner with respectable batting skills.
Rahul has cricketing blood in him, with his brother Deepak Chahar having featured in the IPL.
Rahul was seven when his brother bagged 8/10 on his debut against Hyderabad, urging Rahul to take up the sport.
He started off as a pacer like his brother but moved to leg spin later on at the advice of his brother.
Rahul played for Dholpur district before being selected for the state team following his promising debut.
Rise to Glory
On November 2016, Chahar made his first-class debut against Odisha aged 16, which is the youngster’s only First-Class match as of now.
He registered impressive bowling figures with 1/24 in nine overs, which included three maiden overs.
The second innings saw him taking a wicket for 119 runs, having bowled 33 overs.
Rahul made his List-A debut against Madhya Pradesh on 25 February 2017. Even though he only salvaged a wicket at the expense of 48 runs, Chahar has improved his performance over time, with his stats till date reading nine wickets from seven List-A matches at the economy of 4.78.
His T20 debut, which was also his first IPL debut was against Kings XI Punjab on 8 April 2017.
Chahar, playing for Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) who bought the player for Rs 10 lakh at the auction, had an impressive debut, bagging an important wicket, that of Hashim Amla.
He played three matches that season, also taking the wicket of Brendon McCullum.
Chahar was then selected in the squad for India U23 in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup 2017 held in Bangladesh.
With impressive performances in his small outing, Rahul was selected to play against the Under-19 team in England. He performed well, taking 10 wickets in 4 youth ODIs at an average of 15.2.
Chahar was surprisingly dropped from the U19 team that represented India in the New Zealand World Cup. The 18-year old was dejected and was quoted saying that only the selectors knew why he wasn't selected for the squad.
Chahar didn't have to stay glum for a lot of time, as he was bought by Mumbai Indians for a whopping Rs 1.9 crore in the IPL 2018 auction. He is one of the two spinners in the team, and thus would have more playtime along with the new contract.