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Shah Rukh hopeful of KKR qualifying for play-offs

Last updated on: May 19, 2011 10:24 IST

Bollywood superstar and principal owner of Kolkata Knight Riders Shah Rukh Khan is hopeful of his team making it to the play-offs in the ongoing fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.

"It is a big match. We don't play individually, we play as a team. I am not tensed, but I am worried," he declared, ahead of KKR's crucial match against Pune Warriors at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

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"Earlier, at Bangalore, our match was curtailed due to rain, so I felt bad. If we get a chance to play a full game then we will hopefully win. I hope we will be in the semi-finals," he added.

In a lighter vein, Shah Rukh took on former KKR player Chris Gayle, who is now with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

"There in no one player who plays against any team, except Chris Gayle. He is a monster," he said.

The superstar said he met Gayle, after the West Indies cricketer scored a century against KKR earlier in the tournament, and tired to hit him on his face but couldn't manage to because of his height.

KKR, which is presently in the top four in the points table, needs at least a win to ensure a spot in the play-offs, scheduled for May 24 and 25.

Asked why former KKR captain Sourav Ganguly was missing from the guest list at the party at his residence recently, the actor replied, "The party was for all players of Kolkota Knight Riders. It was for the first time that KKR had come to Mumbai, so I thought of having a party at my house. I had not invited any other player and I am sure if I had invited, they would have come."

After going unsold at the players' auction earlier this year, former India captain Ganguly made a dramatic entry into IPL 4 when he was signed up by debutants Pune Warriors India as a replacement for injured pacer Ashish Nehra.