Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Shah Rukh in IPL Country: King without boundaries

By John Cheeran
What a difference a single player can make to a team’s fortunes?
Shoaib Akhtar again proved that he deserves the marquee status the cricket world has accorded him despite his tantrums. On Tuesday night, Akhtar first gave hope and then a resounding victory for Kolkata Knight Riders against a strong Delhi Dare Devils squad in the BCCI-led Indian Premier League Twenty20 Championship.
If someone can recognize such star value, then he must be none other than Shah Rukh Khan. It is not surprising that Shah Rukh has brought in Akhtar to be the Knight in Shining Armour for his Kolkata outfit.
SRK did better than his cheerleader girls to rouse the crowd at Eden Gardens. It seems to me that SRK, as the one who writes the pay checks, has usurped the chair of coach John Buchanan. How can Kabir Khan of Chak de India just watch from the sidelines?
But Shah Rukh knows that his tactical prodding alone is not enough to lift his team when the batters post a below part total. To move on to winning positions you need to have impact players such as Akhtar.
Well, Vijay Mallya must be watching the Knight Riders.
Shah Rukh is the King, the king of good times, at least for the time being.
The beer baron may be fuc-King his good times!

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