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The high-spirited co-owner of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh Khan has always encouraged his team to perform better but never pressurised them into winning a match. However, his disappointment was apparent when KKR lost a match against Mumbai Indians on May 9.
The humiliating loss by 102 runs became a source of chagrin for the actor who apologised to KKR fans for the team's 'Lack of spirit'. "Sports is about the spirit; wins/losses don’t reflect that. But tonite as the ‘Boss’ I need to apologise to the fans for the lack of spirit," he tweeted.
Sports is about the spirit & wins/losses don’t reflect that. But tonite as the ‘Boss’ I need to apologise to the fans for the lack of spirit— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 9, 2018
However, the team made up for loss by winning Saturday's match against Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs. Much to Shah Rukh's relief, the splendid victory has brought the team back in contention to play-offs and also put that infectious smile, which is loved by many, back on the actor's lips.
Posting a smiling picture of himself on Twitter, Shah Rukh Khan decided it to Dinesh Karthik and wrote, "My Captain @DineshKarthik asked me to smile cos I was so disappointed at the match before. This pic is for him. Thx @Russell12A @prasidh43 @SunilPNarine74 & #KKRTeam. Onwards & up..."
My Captain @DineshKarthik asked me to smile cos I was so disappointed at the match before. This pic is for him. Thx @Russell12A @prasidh43 @SunilPNarine74 & #KKRTeam. Onwards & up... pic.twitter.com/G83DqW8Iwm— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 13, 2018
Captain Karthik also acknowledged his gesture and thanked him along with the tweet, "Thanks a lot Shahrukh Bhai #happytoseethesmileback." A 23-ball 50 from skipper Dinesh Karthik coupled with Sunil Narine's 36-ball 75 helped KKR pile up season-best 245/6 in 20 overs against KXIP.
KKR is currently on 12 points from 12 games and will need to win both their remaining games to secure a place in the playoffs. Kolkata's next match against Rajasthan Royals will be crucial to their cause of reaching the playoffs, given that both the teams are on the same number of points.