Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was recently live on one of the sports broadcasting channel in India, Star Sports. In an exclusive snippet released by the channel, Shah Rukh was asked to name movies based on Indian cricketers.
For World no.1 Test all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, Baadshah Khan said, “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.” He called the spinner ‘Paheli’ for being a surprise package.
For opening batsman Rohit Sharma, the actor said “I like Rohit’s swag. 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’.”
Shah Rukh also praised Indian skipper Virat Kohli and called him ‘Don’. He said, “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”.
Speaking about India’s most successful skipper MS Dhoni, Shah Rukh said he (Dhoni) doesn’t need to do sledging ever. His mind is ticking so fast, I am sure batsmen could hear that. He also added that Dhoni is that guy who can play the last bet, without anyone realising gets a bowler that you never expected to bowl the final over like in the world T20 (referring to the 2007 T20 World Cup final, where Dhoni asked Joginder Sharma to bowl the final over). He named MSD “Baazigar” for his decision-making skills on the field, that comes off well more often than not.