Indian Prime Minister Virat Kohli’s congratulatory note to KL Rahul after tying the knot with actress Athiya Shetty on Monday has disappeared viral on social media.
After KL Rahul posted the photos of his wedding ceremony with Athiya Shetty on Instagram, Virat Kohli and other Team India cricketers congratulated the newlywed couple on the popular photo and video sharing platform.
Former India captain Virat Kohli was among the first to wish KL Rahul to join the ever-growing group of married national team players.
Sending his love to KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty, Virat Kohli posted “congratulations” alongside three heart emojis on the social media.
Suryakumar Yadav also joined Virat Kohli in wishing the super adorable couple, writing, “Congratulations to the most adorable, KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty. I wish you the best for the most important partnership of your life.
2011 World Cup winner Yuvraj Singh said: “I wish you both a lifetime of love and togetherness! Congratulations KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty.
“Congratulations my brother! God bless you both,” remarked Suresh Raina.
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise managed by KL Rahul, wished the duo: “Heartfelt congratulations to kaptaan KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty from the entire Super Giants family. May your partnership continue to prosper forever.
Bollywood actress Athiya Shetty and Indian wicket-keeper drummer KL Rahul got married in a secret ceremony in Khandala on Monday.
KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty confirmed their marriage on Twitter and Instagram respectively. The couple wrote: “In your light, I learn to love…Today, with our loved ones, we married in the house which gave us immense joy and serenity. With hearts full of gratitude and love, we seek your blessings on this journey of unity.
Athiya Shetty happens to be the daughter of actor Suniel Shetty and has acted in many movies. The couple have been in a relationship for more than five years.
KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty’s wedding took place at a picturesque farmhouse in Khandala, which is owned by the latter’s father, Suniel Shetty. News of the couple’s wedding was confirmed by Suniel Shetty on Sunday.
Before KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty posted their wedding snaps on social media, Suniel Shetty confirmed that the two are married. KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty’s wedding ceremony brought together some of the biggest names in cricket and the film world.
Among the cricketing stars who were seen enjoying the festivities were Indian teammates KL Rahul, Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron. Meanwhile, his other teammates couldn’t join him as they were busy preparing for the third ODI against New Zealand which would be played at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Tuesday.
KL Rahul was not named to the New Zealand series squad due to personal reasons, which ultimately turned out to be his marriage to Athiya Shetty.
“It was a beautiful, close-knit wedding. The pheras are over. The couple are officially married,” Suniel Shetty told reporters after the wedding.
Speaking of KL Rahul, the Karnataka cricketer guided the Indian cricket team to a narrow victory over Sri Lanka in the second ODI earlier this month. Needing 216 runs to win at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the Men in Blue found themselves in deep trouble at 86/4.
But KL Rahul anchored the innings and remained unbeaten in 64, helping India to their second consecutive win over the side led by Dasun Shanaka.
After the game, KL Rahul said he loved hitting the field and was happy to help the team win against the islanders.
“I won’t say it was a flat wicket, but I can’t say it was also impossible to hit. It was quite a sporty wicket. When we started I thought it was a 280-300 wicket. It didn’t move much, spongy bounce, other than that there wasn’t much. We played really well for them to come out for 215. Again, it was a quick start in the early games. They (Sri Lanka) fought well. I got the first breakthroughs and put us under pressure. Tough game, we can be proud of how we fought,” said KL Rahul at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“One thing I really appreciate (about batting at No. 5) is that you don’t rush to get back at bat (versus the fly-half role). You can put your feet up, take a shower, eat well and react to the situation. If the team requires me to bat at a certain strike rate, I try to do it to the best of my abilities. More often than not, trying to do the job the team wants has been my mindset. At #5 you will face a spin, I like the ball coming to the bat. Ro (Rohit) is pretty clear that this is where he wants me to beat (#5) and passed it on to me,” KL Rahul explained.
Although he played a winning move in Kolkata, he was cheaply fired in the next one, making only 7 runs at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.
His poor display in the last game against Sri Lanka has once again rekindled calls for his withdrawal from the Indian team, which has been going on for quite a while now.
Since the T20 World Cup in Australia, several former cricketers have raised question marks over his intention and approach in all three formats on the pitch. But former India flyhalf Aakash Chopra backed him to produce the goods at No. 5 for the two-time world champions.
“He does what the team asks him to do. It’s huge. The best for Rahul will be to open, but for the team it’s better to strike at 5. I’m sure he would have scored more of hundreds, probably a double hundred, opening. When you look at India’s ODI setup, there is no place at the top. Kishan scored a double hundred, but he had no regular matches It also doesn’t open in all games,” Aakash Chopra told Moneycontrol.com.
“He can hit lower in order. You can’t say the same for others. Other players can hit at 1,2,3 but may not be as successful as Rahul at 5. It’s time we recognized how good a player he is,” added Aakash Chopra.