Cricket and Bollywood are two very popular worlds in India. And needless to say, Bollywood stars and cricketers enjoy massive popularity. Over the years, we have seen many pairs from cricket and Bollywood, be it Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli, Zaheer Khan-Sagarika Ghatge, Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech, Mohammad Azharuddin- Sangeeta Bijlani, Harbhajan Singh-Geeta Basra and the list goes on. There have been a lot of couples who were rumoured to be dating, but they had never made it official. Like, Yuvraj Singh-Kim Sharma, MS Dhoni-Deepika Padukone, Yuvraj Singh-Deepika Padukone, Virat Kohli-Isabelle Kaif and many more. (Recommended Read: Sushant Singh Rajput's Sister, Meetu Singh Had Said This On Seeing His Body Upon Entering His Room)
It seems a new couple is all set to mark their debut in the above list as dating rumours of Bollywood actress, Athiya Shetty and cricketer, KL Rahul are well beyond rife. Gossip columns are going at full capacity over their plausible dating charades as they're under tight media scrutiny. As of now, no confirmation or denial about the same has come from either of the parties. Scroll down to know how KL Rahul reacted on Athiya Shetty's birthday post for her mom, Mana Shetty!
On her mom, Mana Shetty's birthday, Athiya posted a beautiful hugging picture with her and wrote, "No words could ever do justice...happy birthday to my whole. i love you, mama." On the beautiful picture, KL Rahul dropped a heart, leaving us all speculating more strongly about their alleged affair!
How did it all start, you ask? Well, the whole facade had caught attention a year ago in August 2019, when Athiya Shetty had shared an inspirational quote on her Instagram handle and had captioned it, "Always, always." After the post, her close friend and designer, Vikram Phadnis had posted a series of comments, suggesting that something is brewing between Athiya Shetty and cricketer, KL Rahul. In one of the comments, Vikram had mentioned KL, which happens to be the initials of the Indian cricketer. The series of comments had continued, and in reply to one of Vikram's comment, Athiya had written, "Time to block you."
Athiya had added even more fuel to the fire some time ago. On the occasion of KL Rahul's birthday on April 18 2020, Athiya Shetty had posted a picture with KL Rahul, all cosying up and smiling. We could see her leaning on his shoulder, and he was seen smiling. She had even captioned the picture as "Happy birthday, my person" followed by a white heart emoji. (Also Read: Rithvik Dhanjani's Birthday Wish For Ex, Asha Negi Is All About 'Dil Hai Chota Sa, Choti Si Aasha')
News of Athiya Shetty and KL Rahul's alleged relationship had caught more girth when a BollywoodLife report had stated that the two had started dating around February 2019 and 'things are quite serious." If the reports are to be believed, the two had met through common friends. As per the source, the two have refrained from public appearances to avoid further speculations.
KL Rahul's name has been linked up with several Bollywood actresses over the past year. Earlier, he was rumoured to be dating Alia Bhatt's BFF, Guilty fame, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor and Munna Michael fame, Nidhhi Agerwal. However, the cricketer had denied the rumours. In an interview with the Bombay Times, Rahul had said, "Oh, all these things have been written about? I don't really read the papers, so I don't know what has been written about me. I have learnt to keep my personal life personal and not make it a thing to talk about. I am committed to cricket right now." On being asked about his relationship status, the cricketer had retorted, "I don't really know. When I figure that out, I will give you a call and tell you." (Don't Miss: Gauahar Khan Twins In Blue And White With Rumoured Beau, Zaid Darbar To Celebrate Her Birthday)
What do you think is brewing between Athiya Shetty and KL Rahul?