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Hug, hi and hello for SRK-Sourav
Sourav Ganguly and Shah Rukh Khan

Calcutta: They hugged each other, said “hi” and “hello.”

One of the moments of IPL-IV came away from the cameras, soon after the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) crushed the Pune Warriors India in Navi Mumbai, on Thursday night.

The dramatis personae? Shah Rukh Khan and Sourav Ganguly.

“Shah Rukh came and hugged me... We exchanged a ‘hi’ and ‘hello’... Nothing else. I spoke at some length to (KKR co-owner) Jay Mehta, though,” Sourav told The Telegraph in Mumbai on Friday afternoon, before leaving for New Delhi.

The Warriors play their last match of the season there.

Sourav, however, declined to talk about his emotions when he took guard against his old franchise. “A lot has already been spoken about me and KKR... I really wouldn’t like to add anything...”

India’s most successful Test captain did have something to say about New Zealand icon Martin Crowe’s decision to make a comeback at the first-class level.

Crowe’s inspiration? Sourav (and Shane Warne), no less.

“Sure, it’s a pleasant surprise that I’ve been an inspiration for Crowe... He’s got the guts to plan a comeback at the age of 48... I’m not even 39,” Sourav remarked, smiling.

Sourav retired from international cricket in November 2008. Crowe, also a former captain, quit first-class cricket 15 years ago.

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