During the IPL 2017 auctions, Rahul Tripathi made his debut in IPL when Rising Pune Supergiant bought him at a base price of Rs. 10 lakh. It was due to his performance that this year, the player has received a hike of 34 times than the last year. Rajasthan Royals fought with Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, who were keen to buy the right-hand batsman in 2018 IPL auctions. At last, Rajasthan Royals bought Rahul Tripathi at a whopping price of Rs. 3.40 crores.
In IPL 2017, Rahul Tripathi scored 391 runs playing for RPS, with 17 sixes with a strike rate of 146.4 in 14 matches. He also scored his career-best knock of 93 runs in 52 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders that amazed the spectators. The opener was one of the top contributors and helped his team in reaching the finals of the tournament. His performance increased his value drastically in this year’s IPL auction.
Rahul Tripathi made his debut for Maharashtra in Ranji Trophy during 2012-13 Ranji season, and he wasn’t much impressed with his performance until 2016. It was only since he played in 2017 IPL and performed phenomenally well, he has shown consistency. In 2017 50 overs Vijay Hazare Trophy, he scored 157 runs in just three matches that he played, and it included a 74-ball 95 against Bengal in the quarterfinals. His batting average was 52.33 in the tournament. This year again in Vijay Hazare Trophy, Rahul Tripathi scored 250 runs in 7 matches with a batting average of 41.66, that includes 25 fours and six sixes. He also achieved his career-best high score of 125 runs not out against Bengal.
Interesting fact – If fans focus on his highest scores, they will realise that his favourite opponent is Bengal. He has scored his highest T20 and List A score against Kolkata Knight Riders and Bengal respectively.