Shahrukh Khan speaks highly of Virat Kohli


Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was all praise for India’s test captain Virat Kohli for his well mannered conduct and cricketing skills. King Khan was present at the commentators’ box during the thrilling India-Bangladesh T20 World Cup match on Wednesday at Bangaluu’s Chinnaswamy Stadium and spoke highly of the right-hander.

Shah Rukh said, “On a personal level, I really like Virat. Whenever I’ve met him, even after the U-19 World Cup, he has come across as a very well mannered person in his personal life. And now on the field also he contains his aggression and technically is Fantastic as well.”

The Bollywood ‘baadshah’ who was there to promote his upcoming film ‘Fan’, was flanked by Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar and former Indian bowler Zaheer Khan. He also shared anecdotes from his time when he used to play for his school team.

“I was in St Columbus School in New Delhi. I was a good wicketkeeper because I had good reflexes even if I was a bad batsman. Then there were no pads. I was called to the national stadium for trials too. Gurcharan Singh was the coach then and it was a Lala Amarnath camp,” Shah Rukh said with a smile and added that he had also met Kapil Dev, Surinder Amaranth, Mohinder Amarnath there.

The ‘Dilwale’ actor said the T20 format had attracted the attention of the youngsters and fondly recalled India’s 2007 World T20 win at South African capital Johannesburg.

“I had taken my son and there are people who talk about Tests or 50 over matches but T20s have attracted the attention of the youngsters. So we went with a few friends and the South African government was gracious enough to allow me to get a visa on arrival. You go there and win against Pakistan. My heart was in my mouth when Misbah (Ul Haq) played that scoop shot and Sreesanth held on to take the catch. It was one of the nicest moments of my life and my son’s too,” he said.

Shah Rukh’s association with cricket hasn’t ended and he is the co-owner Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. He has also got a stake in Caribbean Premier League franchise Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.