Deflated after three defeats, Kolkata Knight Riders will be buoyed by the presence of their principal co-owner Shah Rukh Khan, who is expected to be rooting from the Eden Gardens stands, during their final IPL game against Mumbai Indians on May 13. “You are going to see him (SRK) on Saturday. He’s coming with a big entourage. He’s looking forward to it,” KKR CEO Venky Mysore said on the sidelines of a promotional event.
The Bollywood star owner has rarely been present during KKR’s outing in the current season save the opening game against Gujarat Lions at Rajkot, last month. “Shah Rukh came for the opening game in Rajkot and we had a really good result in that match (won by 10 wickets). Hopefully, he will bring back luck in our last game as well. We are really looking forward to it,” Mysore said.
Shah Rukh’s presence in the Eden stands always increases the demand of VVIP passes with city’s elite wanting to be seen alongside Bollywood superstar. Mysore knows the pressure of obliging people and said in jest:”I am thinking of going back and let Simon (Katich) handle the ticketing problem.”
KKR are currently placed second with 16 points behind leaders Mumbai Indians, the only team to have made the cut. Mysore said that it’s his busy schedule that has made it virtually impossible to be physically present during most of the games.
“I know the pressure he’s going through. He has just completed the schedule of a big banner film and has started another one. He went to Canada for a TED Conference and then was honoured at the San Francisco Film Festival. He was a special invitee. I don’t know how he does it. But he keeps up with all our games, you can see it from his tweets,” said Mysore.