KL Rahul has been making headlines ever since he first appeared on Koffee With Karan with Hardik Pandya. They were banned by BCCI for making obscene comments on National Television and became the news and most debatable topic for on the television. Later on, the ban was lifted but was asked to pay the penalty.
In a recent interview with Bombay Times, Rahul spoke about the social media backlashing and said, “I won’t lie. I was bitter for a bit; it affected and bothered me a lot. I was angry, but I came out of it all as a more accepting person. I understood that certain things are sensitive, and no matter what you do, certain people will find the bad in you. It was important that I spoke about it with those close to me, and I was happy to be in my little bubble — friends and cricket. And when I am not playing cricket, I switch off from the world and spend time with real people. I have learnt to keep my personal life to myself and not make it a thing to talk or gossip about.”
When asked about his equation with Hardik, he said, “It was hard for both of us. We did speak to each other about it while this whole process was on (investigation). He was with his family and friends and I was with my people. We switched off from the outside world for those few weeks. We learnt from the situation, accepted it, and now we are back to being good friends. We literally spend 300 days together… travelling and playing cricket. Hardik is still a good friend and we enjoy each other’s company.”
He also discussed upon the learning from the controversy and said, “It taught me that you need to be aware of your surroundings and how certain things can come across as sensitive to certain people. There’s a lot I learnt as a person. I need to focus more on cricket, spend more time in the gym, on the field — practising and training. It made me more focussed on my profession and what I really need to do. As I told you before, cricket is the only thing I am good at and there’s nothing else I can do to survive, so I need to give it all I have. I am way too into it, I can’t have a plan B now. I am 27 years old.”