KL Rahul turns 27 amid roller-coaster career ride; Shikhar Dhawan wishes him form

KL Rahul turns 27 amid roller-coaster career ride; Shikhar Dhawan wishes him form

Both of them are currently plying their trade in this edition's IPL.

Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul
Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

India batsman KL Rahul perhaps has had the most topsy-turvy year of his cricketing career in 2018-19. He saw all good, bad and the worst during this period. After a magnificent run with the bat for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in his first year with them in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the talented right-hand bat had a forgettable run in international cricket before reclaiming his ground in the IPL this year. Things wrapped up well last Monday when he made his maiden World Cup squad that will compete in England in May-July. On Thursday, Rahul turned 27 amid an eventful year and would certainly feel wiser by more than a year.

In between all the cricketing tales, Rahul landed in another serious off-field controversy when he, along with India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, was accused of indulging in loose talks on a television show with filmmaker Karan Johar that saw both getting suspended temporarily. Their careers seemed to be in a jeopardy but it ended well as both were allowed to return to the 22 yards. The net loss was losing some international games.

Rahul is having a great IPL this season as well

Rahul is now back with his lost touch and is the second-highest scorer in IPL 12 with 387 runs from nine matches at an average of 64 plus and strike-rate of above 127. He also hit his maiden ton in the IPL this year and is very much on the way to better his record of last year. Rahul’s team-mate and another member of the WC squad, Shikhar Dhawan on Thursday wished the former on his birthday and hoped his good form continued.

Dhawan is playing in this IPL for Delhi Capitals (DC) who will be taking on the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in a crucial game at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on April 20. Rahul would be considering himself lucky for having made the World Cup squad despite his ordinary form in international cricket over the past several months but will hope that things get less difficult for him from the WC onwards.

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