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‘Will be back after final win’

Shah Rukh Khan outside the Eden Gardens after his
Knights trounced Kings XI Punjab. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta

A glimpse of Shah Rukh Khan from close was the bonus for many fans after Mission Bangalore had been achieved at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday evening.

SRK, on his first visit to Eden this IPL season, didn’t disappoint as fans waiting for him outside the stadium screamed “Shaaahrukh… Shaaahrukh” the moment they spotted him heading towards his car.

While the cops struggled to keep fans from scaling a bamboo structure opposite the clubhouse gate to get a clear view, Shah Rukh stopped and started walking towards where the action was. The ever-obliging First Knight then took questions from reporters who had surrounded him for an impromptu chat. Metro was there.

KKR are on a winning spree...

It’s great to see the entire team coming together and performing once again like we had done in 2012. I am ecstatic about the win and hope we win the trophy again.

Why were you missing from the previous matches?

Arre mujhe bhi to apni naukri bachani hain. Shooting ka itna pressure tha ki chhutti hi nahi mil raha tha... bahut try kiya (I have to save my job. I was tied up with shooting all these days and no matter how much I tried, I could not get leave). Der aaye durust aaye...aate hi team ko final me le gaya to (Better late than never…I have finally come and immediately taken the team to the final)!

The city had been missing you...

Even I was missing the city. But what are you worrying about? I am coming back to the city after we win the final match and we will again celebrate it like we had done in 2012.

What are your celebration plans if KKR win the final?

This time, I am asking the city and the fans to suggest a celebration plan to me. Whatever you suggest, I will do accordingly. I can again move around the city on a bus and dance all the way. Whatever you suggest.

Would you be in Bangalore for the final?

I will definitely try...but my presence doesn’t matter. What matters more is the momentum with which the team is playing at this point of time and I am confident about the win in Bangalore.

Who are your favourite players in the team?

I cannot name anyone in particular. Gautam, Robin, Yusuf, Sunil…they are all special and are playing at the top of their game. I can’t tell you who is my favourite cricketer but can say this much that my favourite team is KKR.

Who would you support in the football World Cup?

I am a big fan of Argentina.