The couple hit the headlines today after India cricket team captain Rohit Sharma announced, “Two changes, Shubman Gill and Umesh Yadav replace KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami,” in their test match against Australia.
The announcement sparked a meme fest with trolls taking jibes at the actress and implying that she brought ‘bad luck’ to her husband and the Indian team.
“Athiya Shetty ka shraap laga hai puri team ko,” wrote a Twitter user.
Athiya Shetty ka shraap laga hai puri team ko #INDvAUS
— rakanrolla (@rahulpohare) 1677659187000
Others poked fun at the couple and even took potshots about their decision to delay their honeymoon owing to work commitments. See the mean tweets that came in below:
KL Rahul to Athiya Shetty: https://t.co/20cIIILBqN
— Goggle Wala Memer (@GoggleWalaMemer) 1677655765000
Utho Athiya Shetty chalo honeymoon pe chalte hain aaj mai nahi khel raha #IndvsAus https://t.co/Y597iKKpv8
— (@qasim_says_) 1677649540000
*IND 84/7*athiya shetty to Kele Rahul https://t.co/5zHpHVrjvV
— Arun Lol (@dhaikilokatweet) 1677652445000
@theprayagtiwari Athiya didi ko kya bana diya https://t.co/YIUrlzA7Rj
— Arka (@ARKA0432) 1677664538000
Athiya will not be the first actress to face the wrath of social media trolls for her cricketer husband’s underperformance on the field. Previously trolls went after Anushka Sharma every time they were disappointed with Virat Kohli’s performance on the field. However, the cricketer often made it a point to shut down these baseless allegations.
A Twitter user asked Rahul to step up for his wife in a tweet that read, “@klrahul from now play for your wife at least. I’m not ready to see extreme level of trolls on Athiya. she doesn’t deserve that hate.”
@klrahul from now play for your wife at least. im not ready to see extreme level of trolls on Athiya. she doesn’t deserve that hate.
— p (@IrishSugarcup) 1677602454000
KL gone. Batting I thought would improve on it’s own. But it hasn’t. Maybe, just maybe, the issue is not with the… https://t.co/NOC3V4jP01
— Archith (@UtdArc) 1677650627000
Athiya and KL tied the knot with KL Rahul on January 23. The couple hosted an intimate wedding attended by only their closest friends and family. They chose to delay their honeymoon and wedding reception till after the IPL for KL to focus on his training.
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