Mumbai: India’s dominance over England in the home Test and ODI series has resulted in praises pouring in from all quarters – even from the ‘King’ of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan.
The film star, who’s cinema ‘Raees’ is set to release on Monday, had his say about Team India captain Virat Kohli, who was named the skipper across all three formats of the game, earlier this month.
Shah Rukh Khan believes that Kohli is the ‘Don’ of the cricketing world.
“The grim determination on his face, mind ticking all the time, and the calmness with which he comes at the crease, knowing that he will win it all,” said Khan on Star Sports.
King Khan also had praise in store for former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying that the wicketkeeper-batsman is the ‘Baazigar’ of the sport.
Shah Rukh especially referred to India’s triumph of the 2007 ICC World T20, which also happened to be Dhoni’s first tournament as the captain of the national side. The star actor believes that Dhoni is one man that can play the last bet. Dhoni also received further praise from Shah Rukh, who believes that the former India skipper is so calm that he does not need to indulge in sledging.
Khan, who is also the co-owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Kolkata Knight Riders, also had praises in store for a couple of the other senior Team India players like Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.
"I like the way he is always cool, calm, collected and completely goes mad at times. He owns the pitch, so he is like a ‘Baadshah’," Khan said about Rohit Sharma.
The King of Bollywood had special praises in store for India’s ace spinner Ashwin. Khan believes that the mystery of Ashwin’s spin bowling has earned him the name ‘Paheli’.
“I think he is a mystery. You never know what Ashwin is doing. He seems so easy and calm and then suddenly bowls those unplayable deliveries, and bats masterfully at times," said Shah Rukh Khan.
India have had a brilliant season so far, completing a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series against New Zealand, who they also beat 3-2 in the ODI series.
That was followed by a thumping 4-0 win over England in a five-match Test series, last year. Most recently, the Men in Blue secured a 2-1 win in the three-match ODI series against the Three Lions.