New Delhi: Delhi Capitals (DC) opener Prithvi Shaw, ahead of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), drew interesting similarities between DC head coach Ricky Ponting and star Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan.
In a video interview on the Delhi Capitals’ official YouTube channel, Shaw said that whenever Ponting gives a team-talk, he can hear the ‘Chak De! India’ title track playing in the background.
“When Ricky sir speaks, the song plays in the background, the Shahrukh Khan song,” said Shaw.
“The boss is back. He is a very nice person. On the field he’s like a boss, off the field he’s like a friend. I am very happy he is back and let’s see how it goes,” commented Shaw during the interview.
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‘Chak De! India’ is one of the biggest Bollywood movies made on hockey, where Shahrukh Khan plays the role of a hockey coach and guides the women’s Indian hockey team to World Cup glory after overcoming numerous difficulties.
The Delhi franchise will be without their regular skipper Shreyas Iyer, who will be missing the entire IPL 2021 due to a shoulder injury. In Shreyas’ absence, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been officially appointed as the captain for the 14th edition of the tournament.
DC will be taking on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their opening match in Mumbai on April 10. IPL 2021 will kick off with a royal clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Chepauk in Chennai on April 9.
The final this year will be held on May 30 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata have been selected as the host cities for the event.