Elated at Kolkata Knight Riders' emphatic victory over Mumbai Indians at the Indian Premier League opening match, Bollywood superstar and team co-owner Shah Rukh Khan said his squad is "very hungry" for the top spot in the tournament.
"I love my team and we are sticking by boys who I think are international level players and I think they are very hungry to make it there and each of them have done so well, not only tonight but for the last three or four years," he said after defending champions KKR sailed to a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday night.
SRK, who had brought his three children to the match, acknowledged the public's appreciation for good cricket.
"We have fans all over the country just like how they are for the Indian team and I think it's beautiful that in Bengaluru, Chennai, everywhere, wherever we go in Rajasthan, Mumbai...the crowds love you."
"Everyone, especially here and some other cities that I have been to, appreciate good cricket and we believe in that ourselves," said the matinee idol, in an interaction with a television channel.
The "Happy New Year" actor also highlighted KKR's sportsman spirit.
"Our last tweet which always comes from KKR before the start of the match is 'best of luck' to the opposing team. We have a rule in the team... be warm and hospitable to the team which has come to play here (in Kolkata)... try to win but the hospitality should be better. Till you win the finals... be humble," he said.