IPL 2022: I idolise MS Dhoni, want to become a finisher like him, says Shahrukh Khan;
IPL 2022: Tamil Nadu batter Shahrukh Khan has called former India captain MS Dhoni his idol, and also mentioned that he wants to be a finisher like the four-time IPL champion Chennai Super Kings captain.
The hard-hitting right-handed batter is one of the players expected to receive high bids in the upcoming IPL 2022 mega auction. His performance for Tamil Nadu in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy victory, in which he smashed a six off the final ball to make his team victors, has earned him a spot in the Indian team as a standby player for the next T20I series against the West Indies.
Because of his big-hitting ability and cool and collective thinking in critical circumstances, MS Dhoni is widely considered as the greatest finisher in white-ball international cricket, and Shahrukh Khan says he idolises the great man and wants to imitate him as a finisher.
“I idolise MS Dhoni and want to finish games the way he did for India. I have always looked up to Dhoni and I want to become a finisher like him.”
“When I go to the crease, I am mentally prepared and don’t think about the pressure. I keep calm and play my game. And I know how to shift gears as per match situations. I always want to get the job done for my team. Or I don’t let the pressure hit me when I go to the crease. When you think about your individual performance rather than the team, then the pressure can be clearly seen on your face. Therefore, I put my team first, not me. I don’t think about myself. That’s why I don’t feel pressure,” Shahrukh told TimesofIndia.com.
After impressing BCCI selectors and getting named as a standby player for the upcoming West Indies T20I series. Shahrukh Khan has said that he is ready to wear the Indian jersey since he has done everything and managed to catch the selectors’ attention.
“The path is clear now. I am very happy. I have managed to grab the attention of the selectors. If you had asked me a year back, I would have said I am not ready, but if you ask me now, I will say ‘yes, I am prepared to don the India jersey’. I am ready now. I can say this with my head held high. It is a dream that I have been living. Moreover, I am really excited to be a part of the team. Looking forward to learning a lot,” Shahrukh told TimesofIndia.com in an exclusive interview.
With a base price of INR 40 lakhs, Shahrukh will enter the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. Therefore, it will be interesting to see which team will offer for such a promising young talent.