Who is Kolkata Knight Riders’ Devdas? Shah Rukh Khan gives a hint
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Who is Kolkata Knight Riders’ Devdas? Shah Rukh Khan gives a hint

Shah Rukh Khan, Kolkata Knight Riders’ co-owner, shared light-hearted moments with team squad and fans at an event to celebrate the side’s 10th anniversary in the Indian Premier League (IPL)

ipl 2017 Updated: May 17, 2017 15:28 IST
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Shah Rukh Khan, co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, recently celebrated the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise’s 10th anniversary.(BCCI)

Kolkata Knight Riders’ team owner Shah Rukh Khan was present at a function to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the franchise recently. The function attended by the entire Kolkata Knight Riders squad — took place in Kolkata on May 14, Sunday.

Kolkata Knight Riders prepare to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2017 Indian Premier League Eliminator on Wednesday, having finished the group stage in fourth place.

All the current players of the franchise, including captain Gautam Gambhir, took time out from their preparations to celebrate the two-time IPL champions reaching double digits since inception in 2008.

Photos and videos of the event were uploaded to social media platforms Twitter and Instagram by the official accounts of Kolkata Knight Riders and that of television broadcaster Star Sports India.

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Shah Rukh Khan also uploaded a photo of the event himself with the caption, “Nostalgia heartbreaks & highs. Shared a full lifetime with my team over the last 10 yrs in Kolkata our city.Thx all. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR (sic),” to his official Instagram account.

The team owner was present at the event with his son AbRam Khan who has been seen in attendance at IPL games this season; and in past seasons as well.

Shah Rukh Khan fielded a few questions about the Kolkata Knight Riders team in reference to his famous films.

KKR’s Devdas

When asked who among the current squad was most likely to portray the character of Devdas, Shah Rukh hinted that Australian batsman Chris Lynn was the likely candidate.

“Okay, I need to find out who drinks the most amongst you guys, yaar. Chris Lynn is the Devdas,” Shah Rukh said after deliberating.

He also attributed roles to Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan.

“Rahul from Dil Toh Pagal Hai? I find Manish Pandey very good looking. He’s the Rahul,” Shah Rukh said and later added: “Raees toh sirf Yusuf bhai ho sakhte hain (Only Yusuf Pathan can be Raees). There is no questioning it.”

Crazy team meetings

Reflecting on the diversity in the Kolkata Knight Riders squad over the years, SRK joked that there were moments when team meetings would be conducted to little avail as he crudely imitated Australian accents and Shoaib Akhtar’s hard-to-decipher regional dialect.

“We had an amazing combination of people. Somebody used to speak English, somebody used to speak only in Hindi. And I remember these team meetings we used to go to, but we used to understand no body,” Shah Rukh reminisced.

The event also saw a limited invitation extended to loyal Kolkata Knight Rider fans who got a chance to meet their cricketing idols.

One fan reported: “I am a big fan of KKR. Not since the past two or three years but since ten years.”

Another said: “I’ve been a very big fan since 2008. I go to support them for the IPL games too.”

Kolkata Knight Riders lost their last two group stage matches against Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians which saw them drop from second to fourth in the IPL standings.

They will need to beat Sunriser Hyderabad in the Eliminator on Wednesday and better Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 2 match on Friday to keep alive hopes of adding to their 2012 and 2014 IPL titles.

Rising Pune Supergiant have already progressed to the final of IPL 2017 having beaten Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in the Qualifier 1 match on Tuesday.

First Published: May 17, 2017 15:09 IST