I am pretty sure that, in coming times, the current team of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be the epitome of loyalty and devotion. The long serving executive of a company or a bull dog will lose its place to this bunch of cricketers. Now you might be wondering what kind of loyalty I am concerned with. Well, it’s about their whole hearted effort to be the extension of their owner Shahrukh Khan!
Mr Khan has the unmatched ability to pick up fights with anyone on anything. And as this piece is about cricket, I am skipping his long list of brawls in the film industry. And even then, the ugly spat between him and the security personnel at the Wankhede Stadium during IPL 5 commands a mention here.
And as KKR won the trophy that very year, it might have got into the team that whenever their owner is knee deep in controversy, the team excels. So taking a cue from that, the players of KKR have decided to follow the footsteps of SRK this year! And so far, they are doing an excellent job! Now that’s called loyalty, isn’t it? And having an I-am-always-frustrated looking Gautam Gambhir as the captain is just more that what the team could have ever demanded!
Their fighting spree started with the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) where Gautam Gambhir found himself amid a verbal volley with his counterpart Virat Kohli. But, the KKR skipper might have got a mouthful from the I-am-happy-to-abuse RCB man! So he changed his strategy.
As per the new scheme of things, KKR chose someone whom he thought a soft target – Rahul Dravid. This time, already frustrated to death Gautam Gambhir had a who-is-he Manvinder Bisla for company. Though both tried everything to instigate The Wall, all they got was the famous Rahul Dravid response – Zen like calm! But fans responded in the only language that Gambhir understands. And like every cricketer who sledged Mr Dependable in the past and later on apologized, Gauti also tweeted his admiration towards him and said that he respects Rahul ‘The Wall’ Dravid. Some call it the foot-in-mouth disease!
But before we could be sure of Gambhir’s mended ways, the bacteria infected Jacques Kallis. The veteran South African all-rounder got involved in a disgraceful exchange of words with the umpire during their match against Pune Warriors India. Kallis appealed for a run out off his own bowling and the third umpire declared the batsman not-out. A visibly disappointed Kallis turned to the field umpire and gave him a piece of his mind which was totally unnecessary!
However, all these acts might have pleased Shahrukh Khan in every way possible. He has got a team who not only follow his command, but also is trying to model themselves on their master! Well, SRK can be a loyalty trainer for corporate houses now. After all dancing in marriages and birthday parties is not going to last forever, courtesy his back problems!