Angry Shah Rukh Khan leaves the Eden Gardens midway, apologises on Twitter for the lack of spirit
The Shah Rukh Khan-owned Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a humiliating defeat in the hands of defending champions Mumbai Indians on Wednesday in the ongoing edition of the lucrative Indian Premier League. The devastating performance saw an angry Shah Rukh Khan leave the Eden Gardens midway, frustrated by his team’s performance.
The win against KKR took Rohit Sharma’s team to level on points with KKR (10 points from 11 games) and fourth in the points table courtesy a better net run rate. KKR, who lost to the same opponents twice in the space of three days, dropped to the fifth spot.
However, Shah Rukh, who co-owns the team with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta, wasted no time in apologising to the fans for his reactions. The ‘Baadshah of Bollywood’ took to Twitter to write a message and apologised for the lack of spirit.
“Sports is about the spirit and wins/losses don’t reflect that. But tonight as the ‘Boss’ I need to apologise to the fans for the lack of spirit.”
Mumbai Indians, who remain in the reckoning for the play-offs, have now won 18 times, and eighth on the row, in 23 meetings with KKR.
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
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 9, 2018
Wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan, who scored a whirlwind 21-ball 62 in MI’s win, credited the team’s backing for his success, saying it has helped him bat freely.
“It’s always good for a youngster to bat up the order and when your skipper and the franchise is backing you, it’s just about playing your game. I am comfortable batting anywhere.”
Even though the wicket had become slightly difficult to bat on in the second innings, Karthik’s men also have themselves to blame for the extreme loss considering 2 of the 10 dismissals were basically run-outs which could have actually been avoided. Keeping the key players like Chris Lynn and skipper Karthik in mind, they themselves fell prey to a mix-up between the wicket. And well, the team couldn’t reach anywhere near the target of 211 runs.