Cricket’s Shahrukh Khan: A Rajinikanth fan who wasn’t nervous throughout IPL 2021 Public sale


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Shahrukh Khan and Dinesh Karthik

Identical to the Bollywood celebrity, he’s named after, success wasn’t immediate for Shahrukh Khan the cricketer — a Rajnikanth fan from Chennai’s IT hub of Velachery who made heads flip by touchdown a Rs 5.25 crore IPL cope with Punjab Kings.

His full title is M Shahrukh Khan and he cherished his cricket and flicks too from a really younger age. It helped that his father Masood, a former membership cricketer and proprietor of a leather-based enterprise, and mom Lubna had been supportive of his aspirations.

“I used to be not nervous when my title got here up within the public sale. I used to be overjoyed. My teammates within the bus had been very completely happy, particularly captain Dinesh Karthik…”, he advised PTI on Friday.

The enjoyment had come after the agony of going unsold the earlier 12 months and he mentioned it was a “good feeling after the lengthy wait.”

Away in Indore with the Tamil Nadu staff for the Vijay Hazare Trophy 50-overs event, the 25-year previous power-hitter recalled the times when he was a tennis ball cricketer on the faculty stage.

“I performed tennis ball cricket after which did very properly at school cricket. I did my education in Don Bosco after which St Bede’s and shone in age-group cricket,” Shahrukh, who’s a resident of the Kilpauk space within the upscale space of town, mentioned.

Each Don Bosco and St Bede’s are identified for his or her cricket tradition and have produced quite a few cricketers like R Ashwin, Dinshe Karthik and Okay Srikkanth amongst others. Shahrukh additionally educated on the St Bede’s academy.

Now that he has landed a profitable IPL contract, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder mentioned he wouldn’t be slowed down by the value tag. He’s, as an alternative, focussed on the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day occasion which begins on Saturday.

“I will not assume an excessive amount of in regards to the IPL now and put strain on myself as it’s some two months away. My focus now’s the Vijay Hazare (Trophy),” he mentioned.

He’s additionally trying ahead to taking part in underneath coach Anil Kumble and the Punjab franchise captain Okay L Rahul. “Additionally, it might be good to affix my Tamil Nadu teammate — leg-spinner M Ashwin,” he added.

One other Tamil Nadu cricketer C Hari Nishaanth, who was purchased at his base value of Rs 20 lakh by the Chennai Tremendous Kings, mentioned his thoughts went clean when he was advised CSK had picked him.

“I used to be slightly disenchanted once I went unsold within the first spherical and tried to place it behind me. I went for dinner when my father known as to say that my title had come up once more.

“Inside a couple of minutes a teammate known as to interrupt the information of CSK shopping for me… I merely went clean once I was advised it was CSK,” Nishaanth mentioned from Indore.

The left-handed opener had carried out properly within the current Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which Tamil Nadu received, and mentioned being roped in by CSK was a giant second for him and it took some time for the realisation to sink in.

“To be within the franchise which has ‘Thala’ MS Dhoni is one thing one can solely dream of. It’ll be a variety of studying for me,” he added.

Nishaanth, who hails from Coimbatore, mentioned he was trying ahead to the IPL the place the usual can be a number of notches greater.

“Coming from Coimbatore the place initially we used to play on mat wickets after which having to regulate to turf pitches, the leap to home cricket was difficult,” he recalled.

“The extent within the IPL can be a number of notches greater, I’ve to be ready for it and work more durable. Being round with the legends of the sport and taking part in towards many others can be an enormous studying curve for me,” Nishaanth, who will be a part of his metropolis mate N Jagadeesan at CSK, mentioned.



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