Shahrukh Khan's 'Natural Ability To Hit Big Shots' Got Him An IPL Contract
About a decade ago when Chennai Super Kings was by far the strongest and most consistent team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), with the then India skipper MS Dhoni leading them to play-offs after play-offs, Shahrukh Khan, the Tamil Nadu batsman who struck the jackpot with Rs.5.25 crore bid from Punjab Kings at Thursday's IPL auction, was taking baby steps towards big league in the Chennai franchise.
Khan, 25, who was named after Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan, won the best all-rounder award at a Chennai Super Kings junior tournament when he was around 14 and was immediately noticed.
"My mom's sister was a big fan of actor Shahrukh Khan, so they named me after him," Shahrukh told on Thursday.
The cricketer is known for his big-hitting and performed well for Tamil Nadu in the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy that they won, though he got only a few opportunities to bat.
Khan hit an unbeaten 40 off 19 balls in the quarter-final match against Himachal Pradesh and scored an unbeaten 18 off seven deliveries in the final in which Tamil Nadu defeated Baroda to win the title.