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Profile: Shahrukh Khan of Punjab Kings



Tamil Nadu has not held back when it comes to producing quality cricketers for India.

Shahrukh Khan is the latest entry on this list who is all set to announce himself to the biggest T20 league in the world – the IPL.

The batting all-rounder will feature for Punjab Kings in this year’s tournament where he will have to keep up with his staggering price tag.

The 25-year-old was bought for INR 5.25 crore by the Kings who are hoping he will replicate his performances in the domestic circuit.

The batting prodigy averages just over 18 in T20s, but it’s his List A average (44) that has drawn attention.

His awesome strike rate of 131 in domestic T20 tournaments speaks volumes of his batting capabilities as well.

The Tamil Nadu finisher rose to fame after leading his side to title victory in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year with his power-hitting.

His captain Dinesh Karthik helped him hone his batting skills and made him a real game-changer.

Shahrukh Khan’s journey to the top

Like many Indian cricketers who grew up in the Chennai circle, Khan first got into the Under-16 Tamil Nadu team in 2012.

Gradually, he then worked his way up, scoring lots of runs in the process.

With plenty of runs under his belt and a 6’4 figure that can’t go unnoticed, Khan became a household name in the region.

But the hulk-like Shahrukh Khan that we see right now isn’t how he always was.

Throughout his teens, he was a lanky fellow and struggled to gain muscle.

But he then transformed himself into the man he is today.

It was early 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic when Khan focused on changing his physique.

With gyms shut to avoid an outbreak of the novel virus, Khan resorted to home workouts for months and sprinted in streets to increase his stamina. 

In a recent interview, Khan revealed that he also worked on his strength during the lockdown. He did not want to be at the mercy of the opposition’s bowlers.

Hence, he worked on hitting big shots on lengths that are difficult to get your bat at. Khan said he worked on connecting big shots to wide yorkers and short balls as well.

He aimed at becoming a player that has shots for every kind of ball, and a year later, he reached his goal.

“I can see the difference when I hit the ball,” Khan remarked. He said that packing on muscles and working on the bat downswing was extremely crucial in taking his batting to the next level. 

How can Punjab Kings benefit from Khan?

Punjab Kings finished in sixth spot in the 2020 IPL and are looking to amend their errors as they prepare for the coming season.

With the likes of captain KL Rahul and Chris Gayle at the top of the order, the Kings have a fearsome batting line, but their middle-order might need some tweaks.

This is where Shahrukh Khan can make hay while the sun shines.

The Kings had relied on Glenn Maxwell for the big hits and the Australia all-rounder had mostly disappointed. However, Khan can fill his boots with some clean hitting in the death overs and provide his side the late 20-30 runs they have missed on previous outings.

His inclusion in the Kings squad also releases the pressure of Nicholas Pooran who was being considered as the only big hitter after Gayle.

Khan brings depth to the franchise’s batting and KL Rahul would be keen to have another explosive batsman in his team. 

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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