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. After a forgettable Test debut in the third Test of the series at Melbourne, he scored 110 – his maiden Test century – at Sydney. He did well in the series to follow and presently has four Test hundreds under his belt, with a top score of 199 against England at Chennai in the 2016-17 season. He became 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 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 at Lauderhill in August 2016.
Rahul’s wicketkeeping skills have been utilised by the teams he has played for. He has represented Royals Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. He will turn out for Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 season of the tournament.