Anil Kumble is highly pleased with the new member in the Punjab Kings squad. Kumble went to compare Shahrukh Khan with Kieron Pollard.
Kumble on Newcomer
Punjab King had some interesting buys in the last IPL auction. Shahrukh Khan is one of them. It seems like the youngster has already impressed the team’s head and director of cricket operations, Anil Kumble. Kumble recalled his Mumbai Indians experience with Kieron Pollard and said that Shahrukh Khan reminds him of Pollard.
“Yeah, 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 don’t 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”.
“He reminds me a bit of Pollard!” 💪
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) April 4, 2021
Shahrukh Khan on Being Part of Punjab Kings
Shahrukh Khan played 31 T20 matches and amassed 293 runs at a strike rate of 131.39. He found three high-profile teams bidding for him in the auction with the Kings winning the war. Preity Zinta’s franchise secured his service for Rs 5.25 crore. “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,” Shahrukh Khan told about his Punjab Kings experience.
He also shared his feeling on seeing a bid war on him. “The auction started at around 3 PM I guess, and we were practising 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.” He continued, “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.”