The opening batsman from Karnataka is one of India’s brightest and most versatile cricketing talents. His consistency at the junior levels earned him a place in the Indian team that participated in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2010, which was held in New Zealand. He performed steadily at the first-class level for the next couple of seasons and starred in Karnataka’s victorious Ranji Trophy campaign in 2013-14, with an aggregate of 1,033.
Rahul proceeded to score centuries in both innings of the Duleep Trophy final in the 2014-15 season and was picked in the Indian team that toured Australia in 2014-15. In just his 2nd test match, he scored 110 – his maiden Test century – at Sydney. Currently Rahul has five Test hundreds under his belt, with a top score of 199 against England at Chennai in the 2016-17 season while also being the first Indian to score a century on his ODI debut, when he blasted an unbeaten 100 against Zimbabwe at Harare in June 2016. He became only the third Indian in 2016 after Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma to score an international hundred in all three formats of the game when he got an unbeaten 110 against the West Indies. In his IPL career Rahul has represented Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab. In 2019 Rahul was the highest Indian run scorer of the tournament amassing 593 runs which included his maiden IPL century coming against the Mumbai Indians.