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KL Rahul talks about returning to cricket stronger post Koffee with Karan incident

KL Rahul,who has had an inconsistent cricket career thus far – from owning the stage in the IPL but falling to the occasion in Test cricket – was in the news earlier this year after he and Hardik Pandya courted controversy for their comments on chat show Koffee with Karan. Banned for a few games and slammed by social media, the right-hander has finally come out to talk about the events post the uproar. Admitting that the incidents leading to his ban left him bitter and lost, Rahul pledged to move on and come back stronger to focus only on cricket in the future. 

“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,” Rahul told TOI.

The player from Karnataka also revealed that he learnt to focus more on the game. 

“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,” he further added.

Rahul also spoke about his equation with Hardik post the show, stating that the duo decided to switch off during the incident and spend quality time with family instead. However, once their ban was lifted, the players returned stronger and the two continue being good friends. 

“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,” Rahul said.

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