Shahrukh Khan jogs my memory a little bit of Kieron Pollard: Anil Kumble

Shahrukh Khan jogs my memory a little bit of Kieron Pollard: Anil Kumble

Shahrukh Khan is gearing up for his maiden season within the IPL.

Anil Kumble and Shahrukh Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

As Shahrukh Khan gears up for his first-ever IPL season, he has acquired a giant praise from his Punjab Kings coach Anil Kumble. The former India skipper seems mighty impressed with Shahrukh’s power-hitting expertise and in contrast him with West Indies star Kieron Pollard, among the best power-hitters within the historical past of the T20s.

Shahrukh had gone unsold in IPL 2020 public sale however lastly received his maiden contract this 12 months after impressing along with his power-hitting within the home circuit. Just earlier than the public sale, he performed a key position in Tamil Nadu’s victory within the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The performances landed him a profitable contract of INR 5 crore from Punjab Kings.

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Shahrukh will likely be eager to point out his expertise within the upcoming IPL 2021. And Kumble has already made all of it however clear that the crew administration will again the batsman by lavishing reward on him. Kumble recalled his expertise of bowling to Pollard within the Mumbai Indians (MI) nets and stated that Shahrukh brings the same skillset to the desk.

“He reminds me a bit of Pollard actually. When I was with Mumbai Indians, Pollard in the nets was dangerous. I used to bowl a bit (in the nets), and the first thing I used to tell him was not to hit straight. Here I’m not even trying. I’m a lot older now, and the body doesn’t take the bowling anymore. So, I’m not going to bowl at Shahrukh, for sure,” stated Kumble in a video posted by the franchise on Twitter.

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It feels wonderful to be right here, says Shahrukh Khan

In the identical video, Shahrukh Khan additionally shared his expertise of the public sale and becoming a member of the Punjab Kings crew. The Tamil Nadu ace said that he was pleasantly stunned that there was a bidding conflict to safe his providers within the public sale. Shahrukh had registered his identify within the public sale on the lowest base value of Rs 20 lakh. He additional said that it’s a tremendous expertise to be among the many Punjab Kings stalwarts.

“The auction started at around 3 PM I guess, and we were practicing at the Holkar Stadium, obviously I had to bat and bowl a bit. So I told our physio that ‘please let me know when my name comes up. I’ll take a break and come and see the auction.’ Luckily my name didn’t come up, and it didn’t bother my batting much. Right after we finished practice and we hopped onto the bus, I still remember sitting on the first seat and my name came up. My heart started pumping, but I didn’t expect it to rise as much as it did,” Shahrukh Khan stated.

“Being amongst such stalwarts of cricket, it feels amazing to be here and the inputs have been great. I have been having a lot of conversations with everyone around here, getting to learn a lot as well,” he added.

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