Shah Rukh Khan may have not been able to make it to the Wankhede Stadium due to the five-year ban imposed by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for his misbehaviour during last IPL, but the Kolkata Knight Riders’ co-owner did not miss out on an opportunity to cheer up his players at the team hotel ahead of their clash against Mumbai Indians yesterday.
The Bollywood superstar arrived at the team hotel at Nariman Point half-an-hour before the team’s departure. Shah Rukh, wearing a KKR jacket, greeted his co-owners Jai Mehta and actress Juhi Chawla outside the hotel entrance before heading into the players’ meeting room.
It is learnt that he gave a pep talk to Gautam Gambhir & Co. KKR’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Venky Mysore, however, did not divulge any information. “I don’t know whether it was pep talk or what,” is all that Mysore said.
Shah Rukh stayed put at the team hotel, probably following his team’s performance on television. The actor had kept security and police on their toes yesterday following his comments of wearing a mask or fake moustache to enter the stadium. Even though Shah Rukh has regretted his involvement in a brawl with a security guard and few MCA officials, the MCA hasn’t changed its stance on the five-year ban. Shah Rukh along with his daughter and her friends had tried to enter the playing area after KKR’s win over Mumbai on May 16 last year.