By Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 24 -- Finally, Shah Rukh Khan's five-year-long wait has ended. His Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Kolkata Knight Riders, has entered the finals - after defeating Delhi Daredevils - for the first time in five years.
No wonder he celebrated deliriously - with somersaults and a victory lap - at the Subroto Roy Stadium in Pune on Tuesday even in the face of Rajasthan court summons and Wankhede ban. "The spirit and combination of our team is looking solid," says SRK, reinforcing the fact that no controversy will stop him from supporting the team on field. "Gautam (Gambhir; captain) has rallied the forces very well.
In a team game, the entire unit needs to come together. Like all the spheres in life, sometimes a leader puts them all together while at times the combination of 11 people hits the right note." Also, SRK feels over the years, some of the younger players like Manoj Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Debabrata Das have matured. "We've sustained with them for years. For instance, Debabrata - like a few other young ones - has been with us for five years now. Also, we have made the size of our team much smaller this time around. So everyone knows that they have a chance to play," says the actor, who said he found it hard to believe that his team has reached the finals.
Beside Indian players, SRK admits that his "foreign players are so wonderfully talented" that management doesn't know who to bring in (the team). The actor says that Gautam is a huge force along with biggies like Jacques Kallis, Brendon McCullum and Shakib Al Hasan.
"Also, I feel the inclusion of Sunil Narine - whom Gautam suggested - has made KKR a very balanced team. Now, we have very good batsmen instead of, say, just three strong batters. Our batting order is till Brett Lee comes in," he says.