In cricket’s box office, this Shahrukh Khan is already a hit

PUNJAB KINGS proprietor Preity Zinta leaned again in her chair, appeared on the Kolkata Knight Riders desk, and gave a triumphant shout: “We’ve got Shahrukh”. On the KKR desk was Bollywood famous person Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan. On Thursday, Zinta’s group pocketed Tamil Nadu’s swashbuckling middle-order batsman M Shahrukh Khan for Rs 5.25 crore. And that turned the story of the IPL 2021 public sale, as soon as once more triggering Bollywood meets cricket, and Veer meets Zara, references on social media.

Meanwhile, removed from the public sale venue in Chennai, Shahrukh Khan, the cricketer, was on a bus in Indore together with his Tamil Nadu teammates, following the public sale on cellphone. Dinesh Karthik, KKR star and TN captain, would later tweet a video that captured the thrill of the bid that skyrocketed from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 5.25 crore.

The clip has an embarrassed IPL debutant giving a reluctant smile as squeals and claps greet each new bid. On a day when South African all-rounder Chris Morris turned the most costly IPL cricketer ever, Rajasthan Royals signing him for Rs 16.25, Shahrukh was simply the most-sought after first-timer.

Speaking to The Indian Express, the 25-year-old is amused by the SRK connection however admits that he is a die-hard Rajinikant fan, watching the famous person’s film Basha on loop. He additionally performs down the hype round his price ticket. “The chance to play under K L Rahul and coach Anil Kumble and getting an opportunity to play a tournament like the IPL is something that excites me. Money is secondary,” he says.

IPL watchers could also be stunned by Shahrukh’s price ticket, however these following home cricket noticed it coming. In his nascent first-class profession, Shahrukh has displayed the flexibility to be a dependable finisher, the type that makes T20 MVPs.

The 6-feet-4 inch big-hitter is that uncommon Indian participant who has the temperament and expertise to take his group throughout the road in tight video games. The scramble to purchase him proves that he is a rarity in a event the place most groups rely upon overseas gamers to seal video games. In final month’s home T20 event, Syed Mushtaq Trophy, Shahrukh scored a 19-ball unbeaten 40 to win the sport for Tamil Nadu.

When requested what makes him tick in tense chases, Shahrukh provides a nonchalant reply: “It’s just the hard word that has paid off. As far as the big hits go, I think I am naturally gifted.”

Having grown up in Velachery, a bustling industrial and residential space in south Chennai, Shahrukh had his fill of tennis-ball cricket earlier than progressing to age-group video games.

Despite the early highs, he needed to look ahead to 4 years earlier than cementing his spot in Tamil Nadu’s Ranji Trophy and limited-over squads. “We picked him purely on his natural ability in the 2014-15 season. Back then, the TN team was filled with superstars in their prime — Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Subramanian Badrinath. So, he didn’t have a readymade spot open. He was in the reserves for four years before he finally made his debut in 2018,” says Sharath T N, former Tamil Nadu selector.

Shahrukh Khan in motion for Tamil Nadu in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. (BCCI Domestic)

Those 4 years on the fringes had been powerful. After stacking up over 600 runs within the Cooch Behar Trophy within the lead-up to the 2014 Under-19 World Cup within the UAE, he was anticipating a name for the showpiece ICC occasion. “I was working really hard in that period. But if you get benched for four consecutive seasons, it begins to play on your mind. When I failed to make the U-19 World Cup squad, it shattered my confidence,” he says.

Shahrukh’s father Masood, a former membership cricketer, is within the leather-based enterprise whereas his mom Lubna runs a boutique in Chennai. He says it was his dad and mom and private coach Azhariah Prabhakar who gave him the arrogance to maintain going. “Azariah has played a key role in my development as a cricketer,” he says.

In truth, Shahrukh was anticipating an IPL name final season. He had even attended a Mumbai Indians trials, however drew a clean. To make issues worse, he injured a finger.

As Sharath says, good issues occur to those that stay affected person and are hard-working. “He has been playing the waiting game for far too long. First, to cement his spot in the Tamil Nadu team and now in the IPL. He deserves it. I hope he makes use of this opportunity,” he says.

Shahrukh, although, has his arms full. The IPL is nonetheless greater than two months away. Before that, he might want to play a very important function for his state within the Vijay Hazare Trophy for which the group is at the moment in Indore.

vishal menonBut then, with Thursday’s public sale, this Shahrukh Khan has already scored a box-office hit.




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