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We will win the trophy, says SRK

cricket Updated: Apr 30, 2008 17:18 IST
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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, owner of Kolkata IPL team, says he is confident that his team will win the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 trophy.

A day after Kolkata IPL team faced their second consecutive defeat losing to Mumbai IPL team on their home ground Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday, Shah Rukh on Wednesday reposed his trust in the team.

"We Kolkata IPL team are positive. We know that we will win some matches and lose some. But ultimately the IPL trophy will be ours," Shah Rukh said before leaving the city.

After starting their campaign on a high note winning their first two matches - against Bangalore IPL team and Deccan IPL team, the Sourav Ganguly-led Kolkata IPL team lost to Punjab IPL team and then a resurgent Mumbai IPL team on Tuesday night.

Is the team not at all affected by the defeats?

"The seniors like Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting know that to achieve success you have to understand and accept failure. But the youngsters in the team were feeling a bit low. So I decided to stay back with them here a little longer. We even arranged for a private get-together and danced till 4 am," said Shah Rukh.

And how does he personally see this defeat at the home ground?

"Kolkatans know that Kolkata IPL team will never let them down. As for me, I have been successful for the last 20 years because I know how to ride over failure. Kabhi kabhi jeetne ke liye haarna bhi parta hai aur haarkar jeetne wale ko baazigar kehte hai. And we are beyond baazigars, we are the Kolkata IPL team," Shah Rukh said recollecting his famous dialogue from the film "Baazigar".

Is the team suffering from captain Sourav Ganguly's off-form?

"You can't question ace players like Sourav Ganguly. He is aware of his form more than even coach John Buchanan and will sort out things himself.

Will Kolkata see Shahrukh in all the Kolkata IPL team matches?

"I don't know about other cities. But I have worked out my calendar in a way that I don't miss a single match in Kolkata. This city is our hub, it's like being home."