Kolkata Knight Riders are third most successful franchise in the history of tournament. The Shah Rukh Khan owned team have won the silverware twice in 12 years of the Indian Premier League.
KKR won the tournament twice under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir in 2014 and 2012 but since then they have lacked consistency for winning the title. In the thirteenth edition of the tournament also, they have a good chance of making it to playoffs with 12 points in 12 matches.
After holding a place in top 4 for starting 4 weeks in the competition, the inconsistency in their performances have placed them at a crucial juncture. They are currently placed at 5th position in points table, a couple of wins from here will seal them a spot in playoffs. They might get through with just one win also, if other results go in their favour. In last two matches, they registered a comprehensive 59-run win over Delhi Capitals last week before succumbing to a crushing nine-wicket loss at the hands of Kings XI Punjab on Monday.
Worried with KKR’s playoff chances, a fan asked Shah Rukh Khan whether KKR would go on to win the title this season on twitter. The fan tweeted: “Kya lagta hai kolkata jitegi sir.. Iss baar!? KKR wali cricket nahi fans ke jazbaat ke saath khel rahi hai… (What do you think sir, will KKR win this time? KKR are not playing cricket but playing with fans emotions).”
Coincidently, Shah Rukh Khan noticed the tweet and shared his own situation in reply. He wrote: “Arre meri socho….mere dil pe kya beet rahi hai!!!! (Think about me… what all is going through my heart!!!).”
FYI, KKR recently appointed Eoin Morgan as their new captain midway through the season. Though former captain Dinesh Karthik did a great job captaining in first half, his poor form with the bat forced him to relinquish the captaincy.
Arre meri socho….mere dil pe kya beet rahi hai!!!! https://t.co/dzZYgWMXHO
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 27, 2020
After the soul-searching loss against KXIP, Eoin Morgan had admitted that the team’s fate is in their own hands and they would like to give their best in last two games.
“That’s one of the challenges this year, going from ground to ground. Hopefully we adjust to the conditions in Dubai. That’s the nature of the tournament, there are not many bad sides. Our fate is in our own hands in the last two games. I think Gill scoring runs and restricting the Kings till the 11th or 12th over, those were the positives,” Morgan said.