Punjab Kings’ swashbuckling batter Shahrukh Khan played a match-winning cameo in their two-wicket win over Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 clash at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Saturday, April 15.
Chasing 160, the Kings rode on Sikandar Raza’s 57 off 41 balls and Shahrukh’s unbeaten 10-ball 23 to chase down the target with three balls to spare. Earlier, KL Rahul scored 74 off 56 balls and Kyle Mayers’ 23-ball 29 powered LSG to 159/8 in their allotted 20 overs.
After the Kings’ thrilling win, Shahrukh and Raza were seen in a video posted on IPL’s official social media accounts.
At the start of the video, Raza asked Shahrukh about the story behind his name. The PBKS star revealed that his parents named him after the Bollywood megastar, Shah Rukh Khan.
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“I’m the first boy who was born in our family. I’ve got a lot of sisters in the family, and they were all huge fans of Shah Rukh Khan. I was born in 1995, and his film, Baazigar, released around 1993-94. And they wanted my mom to name me after him, so that’s the reason,” Shahrukh told Raza in the video.
Having registered their third win of IPL 2023, the PBKS outfit is currently placed fifth in the standings with six points from five matches.
The Kings will aim to continue their winning momentum when they lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their upcoming IPL 2023 clash at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Thursday, April 20.