Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost five straight matches in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League and are sitting last in the points table. They were hammered by Kolkata Knight Riders in last night game at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Virat Kohli-led lost the game because of their ordinary bowling. But there is some good for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile is expected to join the RCB squad on April 13 (according to a report in ESPNCricInfo). He was expected to join the team after the ODI series against Pakistan but he opted to take some rest before starting his IPL journey.
He will be available for selection before their match against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on April 13. Nathan was retained by the RCB despite him missing the entire IPL season in 2018. He has already missed 5 matches for the team and will leave the IPL on May 1 to Australia as Cricket Australia has instructed its World Cup-bound players to return to the country by May 1.
Kolkata Knight Riders have started the Indian Premier League 2019 with a bang. They have won three of their first four matches. The Dinesh Karthik-led franchise is co-owned by one of the finest actors in India, Shah Rukh Khan. Dinesh Karthik, who has interacted with SRK a lot, has stated that he is a top owner. The skipper further added that Shah Rukh Khan is a sports lover, who advocates healthy rivalry.
Shah Rukh Khan has always motivated players and has gone out of the way to help franchise members. His ownership has been lucky for KKR as they have won two IPL titles.
He also owns Trinbago Knight Riders and Cape Town Knight Riders in Caribbean Premier League and South Africa’s T20 Global League respectively.
“Firstly, he is a terrific person. In the little time, I have spent with him, he is a top owner to have and is genuinely a large-hearted person who wishes well for his team and other teams as well. He likes to see a good cricket match. He is someone who is sport loving. He is not all about KKR, and 'we need to win'. He likes to see a good game,” he said
“As much as he loves KKR and wants us to do really well, he is someone who understands losses and is able to react to them in a positive way. I am lucky to have an owner like him, to put him in a nutshell,” he added.