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Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

Shah Rukh Khan revels in Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL 2018 play-off qualification

Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan was a happy man after the team qualified for the IPL 2018 play-offs

cricket Updated: May 20, 2018 12:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Kolkata Knight Riders co-owners Juhi Chawla (L) and Shah Rukh Khan pictured during an IPL 2018 game earlier this season.
Kolkata Knight Riders co-owners Juhi Chawla (L) and Shah Rukh Khan pictured during an IPL 2018 game earlier this season.(AP)

At the end of the auction earlier this year, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were perhaps one of the most unpredictable and weaker sides of the tournament with the smallest squad on board. Yet, on the penultimate day of the group league matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the former champions cruised through to the last-four stage with a five-wicket win over table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad.

While a Royal Challengers Bangalore had anyway eased pressure off Dinesh Karthik’s troops, the win simply guaranteed what otherwise could have made their situation even more complicated. The win also brought a smile on team co-owner Shah Rukh Khan, who had vividly stated that he wasn’t pleased in the manner in which his side had lost the contest against Mumbai Indians earlier this season.

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“Sports is about the spirit & wins/losses don’t reflect that. But tonite as the ‘Boss’ I need to apologise to the fans for the lack of spirit,” he had written on his official handle after KKR had lost by 102 runs.


However, Saturday was all about having fun and relishing the achievement. “Been awake 24hrs to see these smiles. Thx @DineshKarthik @prasidh43 (well done young man) @robbieuthappa ( v have to exercise 2gether) @lynny50 (wow mate) & @SunilPNarine74 is...Sunil. Very happy cant sleep now!!,” the Bollywood icon stated.


This isn’t the first time the superstar has tweeted pictures related to the team and how much happiness it brings to him every time they emerge victorious. After their win against Kings XI Punjab, which came on the back of two consecutive losses against Mumbai Indians, SRK had stated on Twitter: “My Captain @DineshKarthik asked me to smile cos I was so disappointed at the match before. This pic is for him. Thx @Russell12A @prasidh43 @SunilPNarine74 & #KKRTeam. Onwards & up...”


Unless Kings XI Punjab beat Chennai Super Kings by a mammoth margin, the league table should not have much of a difference with KKR poised to face either Rajasthan Royals or Mumbai Indians in the eliminator on Tuesday. The scenario is such that if Mumbai Indians lose to Delhi Daredevils, they’ll bow out of the tournament giving a chance for either Kings XI Punjab to achieve the unthinkable. Given it’s next to impossible, Rajasthan Royals are likely to go through owing to a superior net run-rate.

First Published: May 20, 2018 12:18 IST

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