Rahul Desraj Chahar (born 4 August 1999) is an Indian cricketer who has represented India at the U19, U23, and A levels. Rahul, a right-arm leg-break spinner with decent batting skills, was born in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
Chahar made his first-class debut against Odisha in November 2016 when he was 16 years old. With 1/24 in nine overs, including three maiden overs, he had a strong bowling performance. After bowling 33 overs, he took a wicket for 119 runs in the second innings.
On February 25, 2017, Rahul made his List-A debut against Madhya Pradesh. Even though he only took one wicket for 48 runs, Chahar has steadily improved over time, with nine wickets from seven List-A matches at an economy rate of 4.78. Chahar was then named to the India U23 squad for the ACC Emerging Teams Cup 2017 in Bangladesh.
Rahul was picked to play against England’s Under-19 team after putting in strong performances in his few appearances. He did well, taking 10 wickets at an average of 15.2 in four youth One-Day Internationals.
Chahar’s proudest achievement was being chosen for the Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2017 Indian Premier League. While playing just three games, he learned a lot about cricket at the highest level, which he later implemented in the 2019 season with the Mumbai Indians. One of his boundary line flying saves became a famous video from IPL 10.
Rahul Chahar made his only T20I appearance so far against West Indies at Providence on August 6, 2019, after an impressive season with Mumbai Indians. He bowled three overs, giving up 27 runs and picking up Carlos Braithwaite’s maiden wicket.
Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar’s older brother, is also a cricketer who has played for India and the Chennai Super Kings at the highest level. Both of them also received training from their father.