Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Indian Premier League (IPL) has done a great job in bridging the gap between cricketers and provide a competitive environment among the top cricketers across the globe over years.

The match between Mumbai Indian (MI) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday was another such example. Two top Indian cricketers - MI opener Rohit Sharma and LSG captain KL Rahul came face-to-face during the inconsequential match. Moreover, the on-field competition gave way to a public show of camaraderie as soon as the match ended.

KL Rahul has not been selected in the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup to be played in West Indies and USA. This will be the first time in three editions of the marquee event that the wicketkeeper-batsman will not be opening the batting for India. But the 32-year-old cricketer would be glued to the television while cheering for India in the mega event.

“I’m on my father-in-law’s team... on his side. We’ll both be cheering for ‘Sharma ji ka beta’ for the upcoming World Cup and we’ll be glued to the television and sending all our love to the Indian team,” he said.

One needs to go back to the IPL promotional advertisement featuring Rahul, Rohit and Bollywood actor and the LSG captain’s father-in-law Suniel Shetty to understand the ‘Sharma ji ka beta’ and ‘father-in-law’ references.

Notably, the advertisement shows Shetty ignoring son-in-law Rahul and pampering Rohit because of his allegiance to the Mumbai Indians.

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