The two have been studies in contrasts. While the Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner, Shilpa has preferred to watch her team from the Royals’ box, leaving the task of distributing the team’s flags to volunteers and subordinates, Preity has been in the thick of things. She distributes T-shirts and is always waving the team flag and obliging autograph-seekers, signing shirts, tickets and anything else fans offer.
While Preity moves about with gay abandon, mostly unaccompanied by partner and co-owner Ness Wadia, Shilpa is closeted in the box along with her loved ones. Her mother, sister Shamita, and boyfriend Raj Kundra are always by her side.
Shilpa’s Royals have three points, two from their pulsating victory against Kolkata Knight Riders and one from the abandoned tie against Mumbai Indians. Shah Rukh’s Knight Riders and Preity’s Kings XI have two points each.
Led by Shane Warne, the defending champions look buoyant after their victory against KKR. The skipper is hoping that Graeme Smith can provide a good start while Yusuf Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja chip in with cameos and power the Royals to a good total. Kings XI though have discovered a new hero in Ravi Bopara and will be waiting for captain Yuvraj Singh to explode.
A country where nothing works like cricket and cinema needn’t look any further than this for some Sunday evening entertainment.