Shah Rukh Khan has left South African shores and, believe me, arguably the happiest crew would be the Kolkata Knight Riders contingent (most members) that he owns. This year the Khan" connect has been , a complete and utter disconnect!
Flashback, rewind and look in the rear view mirror, to the inaugural Indian Premier League, 2008! Shah Rukh Khan was Kolkata"s chele" (son) and on every street corner, Kolkata Knight Riders, was all about SRK . So much so, that the original son, and gaurobh" ( pride) of Bengal, Sourav Ganguly seemed to take second place. Such was the hype for the owner of the team, of the city that is wholly cricket crazed.
The Kolkata Knight Riders theme korbo lorbo jeetbo re" (will do, will fight, will win) resonated with every game that was played and Eden Gardens burst into song whenever the camera panned on it"s new found son! He was the talk of town, from the old to the young, KKR was SRK.
Fast-forward to the second edition of the IPL. Played in a foreign land one expected that the local flavour would be erased. The Kolkata Knight Riders website aptly said, We are going to South Africa but our hearts are in Kolkata"! If only that were true. The support staff numbered double digits, which in itself spells disaster and then came the infamous Buchananic" ism of multiple captains. News channels beamed the press conference with Sourav Ganguly, visibly uninterested, sighing and sporting an array of ' what the f*