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Updated - Oct 31, 2020 8:48 am
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), captained by KL Rahul, have made an incredible comeback in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). From languishing at the bottom of the points table, they are currently placed fourth in the points table with 12 points from 13 matches. They were on a five-match winning streak that helped them climb the ladder and put themselves as a contender for the playoffs.
Their dream run came to an end when the Rajasthan Royals (RR), on Friday, October 30, beat them by seven wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Punjab set a rather daunting target of 186, but Steve Smith and Co chased it down with as many as 15 balls to spare.
One of the major reasons for KXIP’s decent run in the IPL has been Rahul, who is currently the Orange Cap holder with 641 runs at an impressive average of 58.27. He also has five half-centuries and one century to show for his efforts along with a strike-rate of 130.54.
In the meantime, a hilarious banter took place between a supporter, Rahul and fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell. The fan took to Twitter and wrote, “Hey @SaluteCotterell Sir I am Juman from Guwahati. Can I get a reply from @klrahul11? Please help me sir #mydream.”
Cottrell re-tweeted the fan’s message with a reply and also tagged Rahul. Cottrell wrote, “Look I’ll speak to him but he is very busy being the mastermind of epic strategic proportion @klrahul11 @lionsdenkxip #mycaptain.”
— Sheldon Cotterell (@SaluteCotterell) October 27, 2020
The conversation didn’t elude Rahul’s eyes by any means. The youngster reverted to his teammate, saying that he’s trying his best to perform to the best of his abilities.
Rahul also re-tweeted Cottrell’s message, writing, “Haha @SaluteCotterell I try my best. Hey Juman @cool_rahulfan thanks for your support. Stay safe and take care.”
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) October 27, 2020
Cottrell, on the other hand, featured in KXIP’s playing eleven from the first match itself. However, he fell off the radar as England’s Chris Jordan found his mojo after a couple of poor outings with the ball in hand. In six matches, Cottrell picked up as many wickets at an economy rate of 8.80.