Preity Zinta talks about her gameplan for the upcoming season of IPL and stocks up with a fresh set of jhappis.entertainment Updated: Apr 17, 2009 15:44 IST
Preity Zinta stocks up with a fresh set of
for the IPL season...
What are your thoughts on the IPL going to South Africa?
I just got back from South Africa. It is an amazing country, they just love sports. We really have a very strong Indian base there.
But had the IPL been held in India like last year, there would have been an assured audience. How are you going to fill the void?
We have the fan base support. We want all the women who supported us last year, to support us this year as well. It’s a little heart breaking that all you will have is TV sets, but please stay glued to them.
Shah Rukh chose his cheerleaders through his show. What about your team’s cheerleaders?
Since IPL has shifted to Africa, many things are being done centrally for all the teams. The cheer leaders will be sourced and contracted by IPL centrally.
Has the fact that the T20 format of cricket is a younger player’s game played a part in your choosing your Kings XI Punjab team?
I would like to say that the Kings XI Punjab is the youngest team in the league. Last year, all the players who excelled were young players.
What do you have to say about your team’s captain, Yuvraaj Singh?
Yuvraj Singh has hit six sixes in an over … which I can’t stop thinking about. When he’s playing, Yuvraj has this expression on his face as though he’s in a war.
I’ll get scared if he is batting and has a huge smile on his face.
Last year, we saw you giving players many
jhappis. Will we see it this time as well?
Meri jhappiyon ko nazar laga di aap logo ne itne
maar maar ke
How have you grown as the owner of an IPL cricketing team?
I have learnt to both win and lose with a smile. Earlier, I would really get emotional and hyper. At the cricket matches, I kept shouting ‘C’mon, get me a sixer’.
And how do you view the game of cricket now?
I never thought I would fall in love with cricket. I have also grown to have a lot of respect for the boys — they are the true heroes, they don’t get any retakes.