India U19 leg-spinner, Rahul Chahar, has switched his base from Rajasthan to Services for the upcoming season. Chahar made his first-class debut for Rajasthan against Odisha in the last season.
He also went on to represent the state in Vijay Hazare Trophy as well. His impressive show earned him a place in the India U23 side, and he was also purchased by Steven Smith led team Rising Pune Supergiant for his base price of 10 Lakh in IPL 2017.
Chahar made his T20 debut against Kings XI Punjab. He played two more games in IPL 2017 but was dropped for the major part of the season. He though continued to retain his place in the Under19 side and grabbed 10 wickets in four matches in England recently in four youth ODIs he played.
His impressive numbers in junior cricket could have earned him a permanent place in Rajasthan squad but the leggie decided to join Services for the upcoming season.
Incidentally, Chahar’s elder brother, Deepak Chahar, was his teammate in Rajasthan and Rising Pune Supergiant dressing room. Deepak made his first-class debut for Rajasthan in 2010 and straightaway grabbed limelight when he came up with figures of 8/10. Riding on his spell, Rajasthan bowled out Hyderabad on a total of 21 in the first innings and won the game by a margin of an innings and 256 runs in the end.
Meanwhile, the upcoming season of the Ranji Trophy will start on October 6. Services will face Bengal in their opening game in Delhi whereas Rajasthan will open their Ranji campaign against Jammu and Kashmir at their home ground at Sawaiman Singh stadium in Rajasthan.