Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

29 years old KL Rahul has become an integral part of Indian men's cricket team through his consistent performances on field. Though his performance in the recent T20 World Cup was not so satisfying and it disheartened many, he enjoys a massive fan base. But, did you know, his parents were not so happy with his debut in team India?

Yes, during a one-to-one conversation at ‘Breakfast with Champions', a talk show, Rahul revealed that his parents were much happier when he got a job at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) than they were when he made his debut in team India.

Rahul also revealed that it was his mother who insisted him to complete his degree during Covid-19 lockdown, even though he had secured his place as a cricketer.

Rahul said, “My mother still gives me s**t for not having a degree. Even during (the) lockdown she said – ‘why don’t you finish your 30 papers? Why don’t you sit down and write it and get a degree?”

“I said ‘Mom what do you want me to do?’. Like I’m playing cricket, doing well for myself, you want me to go write 30 papers? She’s like, ‘Yeah, why not?’” Rahul added.

Further, Rahul went on to add that his parents were much happier when he got a job in RBI. "I got a central government job, so they were the happiest. I had played four years for India already, but that didn’t make them happy. This was like – ‘yes, now you will be stable. I’ll just get a good salary. They look after the sports people really well. Can’t ask for more,” he said.

Rahul was born on April 18, 1992 in Mangalore, Karnataka. He completed his education at the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka.

Currently, Rahul is in the headlines for his growing relationship with Bollywood actress Athiya Shetty, daughter of actor Suniel Shetty. Reports are abuzz that the duo will be tying the knot soon.