I knew Manish will win it for me: Shah Rukh Khan

Co-owner Shah Rukh Khan expresses his emotions after KKR’s second IPL win

Bengaluru 02 June 2014
You don’t need to teach Shah Rukh Khan how to celebrate. Just a few days back, he had got the crowd at Eden Gardens on their feet as he broke into a somersault with a few cameramen, after his side sealed a spot in the IPL 2014 Final. Apart from the somersault, on Sunday night, the Baadshah of Bollywood left no stone unturned in his celebrations as his side scripted its second IPL victory.

He danced with his players, shared congratulatory handshakes and hugs with every member in his team as they were all soaking in the celebrations under a confetti downpour. It was 2012 all over again as M. Chinnaswamy Stadium almost resembled the home of the Knights – Eden Gardens. And one could be certain, a lot of KKR fans in Kolkata would have been equally ecstatic and thrilled like their beloved franchise owner after their side’s remarkable feat.

That grin on SRK’s face never seemed to fade away. And even as he was over the moon after his team’s victory, the ever-passionate Shah Rukh Khan was more than willing to express his emotions in a quick chat with 

Excerpts from his interview:

Two IPL victories in three years – it doesn’t get better than this, does it?

(Smiles) Nothing gets better than this. I am so happy for the team and for Kolkata. You know, when we form a team, people make a lot of observations about what is right and what is wrong. But I would like to say that we have a fantastic team with a very cool head on their shoulders. So, God bless Gautam Gambhir and his boys who have made me, my son Aryan, my daughter Suhana and my little one AbRam very proud.
This one is dedicated to AbRam.

It is almost becoming a habit for KKR to chase down huge totals in the Final.

You make as many as you want, we come and get it (chuckles).

The Final in 2012 and this one tonight, both were thrilling. Did you ever get nervous when you watched them play tonight?

No. I get very angry, but I don’t get nervous at all while watching the game. This one tonight had to be won. I had my Quran in my pocket and we had to win it.

What do you tell your team before an all-important Final?

I just give them my love before every match they play, I don’t talk to them. It is all about making them feel that we are all with them and we love them so much. I just told them that if we exist in the moment, and if you believe that you are justifying the moment that you live in, everybody else will follow you. Tonight, they did that; they did it throughout the season and have been doing it for a long time now. I don’t play the game and I know nothing about it; they all do the hard work. They are the caterpillars who do all the hard work and I am the butterfly who takes the publicity.

And what a day for Manish Pandey to come good, that too in his home ground at Bengaluru.

I told my whole family in the morning that Manish Pandey is going to win this match for me.
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