New Delhi, Jan 12 (Agencies): Bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan has been showing his willingness to make peace with the former captain of his team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) -- Sourav Ganguly -- on the other hand he has also spoken of making "sacrifices". Coach happy with new KKR team
Extending another olive branch to Sourav Ganguly, SRK said exclusion of Ganguly was a cricketing decisionThe actor and co-owner of KKR came under a lot of flak for ignoring the former Indian captain for his team. He however seemed intent on making amends.
"Dada is like a younger brother to me and I want to win more games together," Shah Rukh added.
"I will speak to Sourav Ganguly tonight. I will give him a call. I don't take cricketing decisions anymore. But whatever decisions are taken, it is taken by cricketing brains of KKR. The aim behind this is to improve team performance. I am sure Dada will also wish the same that KKR wins this time. Dada is like my younger brother," Khan said on Tuesday.
The reaction came after cricket lovers showed their displeasure over ignoring Ganguly, who failed to get any bid during the recently concluded players' auction ahead of the fourth season of Indian Premier League (IPL). Their ire was directed at SRK since he has been the face of the KKR.
Talking to reporters, King Khan said, he always wanted Sourav to be part of Kolkata Knight Riders.
Looking for a better future of his team, Shahrukh wants to keep sacrifices and issues behind to emerge as winners, more importantly play with the right spirit.
However, even as Khan seemed keen to make things right with Ganguly, he was not too apologetic about not bidding for the Indian legend.
"I think we will have to put sadnesses (sic), issues knots behind. Sometimes, to achieve a goal we all have to make some sacrifices. I hope, we all understand that," Khan said.
Kolkata Knight Riders coach Dav Whatmore chose not to speak on Sourav Ganguly being snubbed at the IPL auction but the burly Australian is happy with the set of players his franchise has picked for the next edition of the Twenty20 event.
When his reaction was sought on the snub given to Ganguly during the auction in Bangalore, Whatmore said, "I have my personal views but I would like them to remain with me."
Ganguly, who was the leading run-scorer for KKR last year, did not find any buyer at his base price of USD 400,000.
The former India skipper did not even get a second look when 28 unsold players were brought back in the pool on day two of the auction.
KKR signed up Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan and Jacques Kallis offering them hefty pay cheques and Whatmore said it was important that stars performed.
"All the teams have great stars but we have to try and turn these into good and consistent performances," Whatmore, who coached Sri Lanka to World Cup glory in 1996, told 'ESPN-Star.com'.
"We are very happy with the players we got and the team we have as of now. Everything went very well for us during the auctions and we are thankful for the line up we have," he added.
The fourth edition of the Indian Premier League will begin on April 8.
New Delhi, Jan 12 (Agencies): Bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan has been showing his willingness to make peace with the former captain of his team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) -- Sourav Ganguly -- on the other hand he has also spoken of making "sacrifices".
Coach happy with new KKR team