Bangalore: Shah Rukh Khan, principal owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), had tears of joy while watching Yusuf Pathan smash his way to a 22-ball 72 against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Shah Rukh was in Mumbai that day, not at the Eden.
The tears bit was conveyed to Yusuf by Shah Rukh himself as he leapt into his arms after KKR outsmarted the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Qualifier 1, at the Eden, on Wednesday.
“Shah Rukh said his entire family had turned emotional during that innings of mine. Unke aankhon mein aasoon aa gaye the... His comments made me emotional,” Yusuf told The Telegraph, at the ITC Gardenia, on Saturday.
Yusuf, who rejoined KKR in the afternoon after spending some time with his family, added: “Us din to maine kaam kar diya, but tomorrow is an even bigger day. In the final, we have to make it nine out of nine.”
What about pressure?
“Why think of pressure? We’ve won a final before (in 2012) and just need to continue the way we’ve been playing... We have a huge fan base and winning will be the perfect ‘thank you’ for such zabardaast support. I hope they’re all praying for us,” Yusuf replied.
KXIP’s strong performance against the Chennai Super Kings, in Qualifier 2, hasn’t creased Yusuf’s forehead.
“We have to focus on our strengths and play our game... If we do our things right, the opposition will have to really worry,” Yusuf explained.
Footnote: Wasn’t Shah Rukh scared of falling off him, at the Eden? Yusuf laughed. “Not at all... Rather, Shah Rukh declared that being a Pathan, I’d be strong enough to hold him!”