The ‘Dronacharya’ of domestic cricket, Chandrakant Pandit, has revealed that he once met Shah Rukh Khan but refused his offer to work with Kolkata Knight Riders.
Madhya Pradesh’s victory over Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy final has once again proved that Chandrakant Pandit is one of the best coaches in India.
The 60-year-old won his 6th title as a coach in the domestic circuit. The first three came with Mumbai, twice with Vidarbha, and now with Madhya Pradesh.
However, the latest trophy is extra special to the former Indian batter since he failed to clinch the trophy for Madhya Pradesh in 1999 as their captain.
He revealed, “Every trophy gives satisfaction, but this one is special. I couldn’t do it as an MP captain years back (23 years). All these years, I have always felt that I had left something back over here. That’s why I am a bit more excited and emotional about it.”
Pandit said that he was once contacted by Shah Rukh Khan for an IPL contract.
King Khan invited him to his Bungalow in 2012 to offer a coaching position for the team. However, he refused as he wasn’t ready to work under a foreign coach. Notably, he could be referring to Dav Whatmore or Trevor Bayliss. As the latter took over from Whatmore in 2012.
“I met Mr. Shah Rukh Khan back then, but somehow I couldn’t bring myself to work under a foreign coach.’
When asked about joining IPL after winning Ranji with MP., he said: “Agar phone karunga, toh kuch mil jayega par who mera style nahi hai (If I call any IPL team, I will be offered a post, but that’s not my style).”