The Punjab Kings (preceded by Kings XI Punjab) on Thursday bought Tamil Nadu’s Shahrukh Khan at the Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction 2021. The middle-order batsman, who is named after Bollywood actor and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) owner, Shah Rukh Khan, has been auctioned for Rs 5.25 crore.
Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore fought off hard in the bidding war for Khan which was finally won by the former. Interestingly, Aryan Khan, son of Shah Rukh Khan, was also present at the auction, representing his father’s team KKR.
IPL’s official social media handle shared the news of Khan’s induction in the Punjab Kings’ team with franchise owner Preity Zinta’s thrilling reaction. The Netizens were in splits with Khan and Preity being on the same side, calling it a “Veer Zaara” reunion.
Notably, Veer-Zaara is a 2004 Bollywood blockbuster, featuring Zinta and Shah Rukh Khan in lead roles.
“When you get a certain “Shahrukh Khan” in your side@PunjabKingsIPL,” the caption read.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Punjab Kings, who had come to the mini-auction with an enhanced purse of INR 53.2 cr, also bought the Australian trio of Jhye Richardson (INR 14cr), Riley Meredith (INR 8cr), Moises Henriques (INR 4.25cr), and England’s Dawid Malan (INR 1.5cr).