Bollywood superstar and Kolkata Knightriders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan has absolved himself of any responsibility pertaining to the fact that former KKR captain Sourav Ganguly was not bought in the IPL auction 2011. SRK on Wednesday said leaving out Ganguly from the team was a decision taken by the "cricketing brains" of the franchise and not by him.
Ganguly was given the cold shoulder by all 10 franchises participating in the auction and was completely ignored in the two rounds of auctioning for the fourth edition starting April 8.
The snub to the attractive batsman spawned angry protests in Kolkata. Khan implored the fans to acknowledge the compulsions behind the move.
"It's with very heavy heart that such decisions are taken. I don't do cricketing decisions anymore because in the first year when I did it, I have not done very well," Khan said. "I feel very sad for my team, for the city that my team represents. So all the decisions are now taken by the cricketing brains. The main aim is to perform well since in the last three years we have performed badly and I am sure that Dada also wishes that we do well," he added.
Khan said the team, which has purchased Gautam Gambhir for an astronomical Rs 11 crore, cannot be hinged on one individual.
"Dada is like my younger brother. The team does not consist of one or two people. It is a team of 20. We used to feel very bad about our loss. We only want to win the championship for Kolkata. We all want to do that including Dada. We have to put sadness, issues and thoughts behind sometimes to achieve a goal."
In conclusion, Khan said pleaded that the controversies should all be brought to an end and everyone should focu on the great season of League cricket ahead in which KKR is bound to do well.