Kolkata, June 4: Overwhelmed by the support his team received from the fans, Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan has said he has never seen such enormous backing for a team.
Close to one lakh people turned up to watch felicitation of the newly crowned IPL champions by the state government.
"I don't think any other state or country in the world has this kind of support for their sporting heroes. Many many thanks to all of you. Thank you Kolkata for supporting us for our second win," he said at the team's felicitation yesterday at the Eden Gardens, organised by the state government and CAB.
"Our success for KKR which is run by Venky Mysore and captained by Gautam Gambhir is just because of you. I thank all of you bowing my head on behalf of my team," he said.
"Humko aapki taaliyan bhi Padang hai aur gaaliyan bhi (we appreciate both your love and flaks)... We will keep working hard and keep entertaining you sharing our happiness."
KKR supporters are spread everywhere not just in Kolkata, he said and quoted a popular dialogue from his movie 'Don': "Don ko agar koi pakad sakta hai woh KKR ke supporters hain...."
Shah Rukh also apologised for keeping everybody, including the state ministers, waiting for his delay due to a technical snag in his plane.
"My apologies, I got delayed because of a technical problem. I'm really sorry to keep everybody waiting," he said.
He thanked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for making them feel at home and according a warm reception saying, "Mamatadi, you have made us feel this is our home, our own house. So three cheers for Mamatadi, hip hip hurray..."
"Piyush (Chawla) just told me he has not seen such an electrifying atmosphere anywhere in the world. Many many thanks Kolkata," SRK said.
Heaping more praise, Shah Rukh added: "I want to thank this whole team, the young and the senior members... Many of the members have left to catch their flights, but all the boys of Gautam, I want to thank you all.
"Jai and Juhi, our owners and Venky Sir, we all thank you always. Thank you CAB, the police department, everybody else who runs the Eden Gardens and the outside for being so loving and supporting. God willing, we will do well and keep winning your hearts and dance all the way to joy every year."
He also thanked singers, actors and actresses from Tollywood for supporting the team.