Rahul Chaudhari is an Indian raider and is often called as the “Raid Machine” for his consistent raiding performances in the Pro-Kabaddi. Chaudhari is counted among one of the most fleet-footed raiders of the game. Also, he is known for his quick and consistent raids, that have a decisive impact on the opposition teams. He plays in the Pro Kabaddi League for Telugu Titans.
|Full Name||Rahul Chaudhari|
|Height||6 ft (1.83m)|
|Age||25 years (16 June 1993)|
|Nicknames||Raid Machine, Poster Boy|
|Total Raid Points (Appearance)||(64)|
|Major Teams Played For||Telugu Titans|
Rahul Chaudhari Biography
Rahul Chaudhari was born in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district on 16th June 1993. From childhood itself, Chaudhari had a propensity for Kabaddi.
A major challenge that Rahul Chaudhari faced in childhood was of being overweight. It may be a bit difficult to imagine that one of the most nimble and quick kabaddi players was once obese too.
The reason for – a habit of eating unhealthy food. It was so severe that, when his parents took him to a doctor, he straightaway declared that Chaudhari would live no longer considering his unusual weight.
Since that time, his parents provided a special attention on how ways to cut down his fat intake. His dairy products intake was increased and he was fed pure protein. A special attention was paid towards Rahul’s fitness. Probably, that may just be the reason why Chaudhari is considered as one of the fittest athletes apart from being quick and agile.
Soon, Rahul started to develop a fondness. In fact, he had started to play the sport in school when he was just 13-years-old. Even after schools, he would straight away go to play the sport, without even having lunch.
However, his parents failed to recognize his passion and talent for Kabaddi. In an interview, Rahul disclosed how, initially, his parents would scold him to stop ruining his life and “focus on studies.” He would also get beaten occasionally.
As a result, however talented he was, he would have difficulties in manoeuvring in opponent’s half while raiding.
Nevertheless, Rahul had made up his mind that he wanted to pursue a career in professional kabaddi. He held on with his dream of one day playing for the national team.
In 2007, he secretly attended the trial that was held by Sports Authority of India (SAI). Incidentally, he was selected in the trials and was also offered a place in the training camp in Gandhinagar. Without a second thought, Rahul went to Gujarat, in spite of opposition from his family, especially his father. However, this was going to be a big decision for the youngster.
It was at the camp, that the then 15-year-old Rahul learned the essential basics of Kabaddi.
But he came across another perplexing situation when Rahul got an offer from Indian Army. These are the opportunities not everyone is fortunate enough to receive. But Chaudhari made a very pragmatic decision of choosing to play Kabaddi instead. He felt it was not only too early for him to take the leap but also that he would not get enough time to practice Kabaddi.
However, as a consolation of sorts, Rahul was presented with an opportunity of playing for Air India. He readily grabbed the chance.
Rahul Chaudhari’s exceptional talent on turf was first noticed by renowned coach Uday Kumar. The latter eventually went on to coach Telugu Titans, where he recruited the UP player. The rest is history.
In the first season of the newly formed Pro-Kabaddi League, he was successful in picking up 161 points from 14 games. That statistic was enough to sky-rocket Chaudhari’s stock in India’s kabaddi circles. In that season, he was ranked second in the raiding charts, behind only to U Mumba’s captain Anup Kumar. He proved he was not a flash in the pan by again ranking in second in the following season as well.
Rahul Chaudhari reached his peak performance in PKL season IV 2016 when he became the first PKL player to score 400 raid points, a testament of his consistency. In that season, he had scored 146 points in 16 games, 15 points clear of Pardeep Narwal.
Rahul holds the record of scoring the highest raid points till date in the history of PKL. He has amassed 791 points from 89 matches, taking him 37 points above the next contender Pardeep Narwal (754 from 75 matches)
Rahul became the Indian senior team’s captain at the Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand in 2014. In the competition, he led the side to a gold at the prestigious competition.
In 2015, he followed that up by clinching the Senior Nationals Kabaddi Championships gold for his state Uttar Pradesh. Rahul also went on to play for India at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. India won a gold at the competition.
He was also a part of the Indian contingent that brought a gold at the 2016 South Asian Games.
Rahul Chaudhari has been playing consistently for Telugu Titans since the Pro Kabaddi League commenced in 2014. His form has seen him been retained in multiple auctions by his owners. In the 2018 PKL auctions, Telugu Titans used a final bid Match of ₹1.29 crore to ensure Rahul played again for the team. That figure saw a stunning 625% rise from his base amount of ₹ 20 lakh. He was bought for ₹ 8.20 lakhs by the team in 2014.
Rahul Chaudhari was born on 16th June 1993 in the city of Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh. Rahul’s father, Rampal Singh, was strictly against his son’s decision of playing kabaddi. However, his parents were more than happy when Rahul got his first job, at Air India, through kabaddi. Rahul also has an elder brother named Rohit Kumar. He is unmarried as of yet.
- Rahul Chaudhari is the most successful raider in Pro Kabaddi League. He has earned 791 points 89 matches, making him the player with the highest points in the tournament.
- In the fifth season of PKL, he was appointed as captain of Telugu Titan. In that season, he crossed the milestone of 700 points.
- Chaudhari also has an impact while defending. He has collected 44 points from that position.
- This season, the UP player has a raid strike rate of 38% and a not out rate of 77%, making him one of the most lethal strikers in the competition.
Gold at the 2014 Asian Beach Games, Phuket
Gold at the 2015 Senior Nationals Kabaddi Championships for UP
Gold at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. India won a gold at the competition.
Gold at the 2016 South Asian Games