CHENNAI: Mr Shahrukh Khan made a name for himself with his batting skills and played the perfect finisher many times. However, the 27-year-old has turned things around for his team — Kings Kovai — with the ball at TNPL-6 in progress.
Off-spinner Shahrukh defended 9 points last against Nellai Royal Kings. Shahrukh not only rejected the form Sanjay Yadav but also counted Athisayaraj Davidson — giving away just three runs and winning two crucial wickets. That and the eventual victory helped Kovai seal his place in the playoffs.
In 7 games this season, Shahrukh — skipper of Kovai Kings — took 10 wickets with best figures of 4 for 14. With Kovai’s best order in good touch, Shahrukh didn’t have much to worry about. do with the willow.
Shahrukh conceded that he has been working on his bowling in recent months. “Having two skills (batsman and bowler) is always an advantage. I was playing well at the U-19 and U-23 levels. I have been working on my bowling a lot more over the past seven to eight months. It’s going well now. I am grateful to be able to win games for the team,” Shahrukh said on the eve of the Eliminator against Madurai Panthers in Salem.
Shahrukh revealed that a shoulder injury has limited his bowling. Having regained full physical fitness, Shahrukh hones his bowling skills. “I’ve worked on conventional off-spin and having a stock ball. Whether it’s white ball cricket or red ball cricket, I just want to spin the ball as much as possible. If I can spin the ball well out of my hand, the ball and the wicket (throw) will do the rest. That’s what my process has been,” Shahrukh pointed out.
On the gift of excelling in critical situations, Shahrukh said, “I like games where there is pressure. In games like these, the most important thing is to keep your cool. I like to do in all these games. I have been doing this for some time now. I hope that I will also do so in the future.