Last Update on: January 1st, 2022 at 11:22 am
Tamil Nadu’s middle-order batsman Shahrukh Khan idolises former Indian skipper and current Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain, MS Dhoni, and hopes to become a finisher in the white-ball formats.
Shahrukh recently proved that he is on his way to becoming one in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 where he smashed a six off the last ball to win the title for Tamil Nadu. He has been setting the stage on fire in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well.
All that remains are a few consistent performances in the IPL and Shahrukh might soon knock on the national teams’ selectors’ door. In a recent interview with TOI, Shahrukh revealed that he intends to follow in Dhoni’s footsteps.
“MS Dhoni is the player I have always looked up to and I want to become a finisher like him. The way he goes about the game is a masterclass for all. He is fully aware of his abilities and the beauty of his batting is that he takes the game deep. The deeper you take the game, the more pressure the bowlers will be under and that automatically gives you more options to score and finish on the winning side,” Shahrukh stated.
I am ready for all formats of the game – Shahrukh Khan
Although seen as an explosive batsman, Shahrukh Khan has his eyes set on red-ball format as well. He revealed that he is prepared to take on the challenges in all the formats, citing an example of the Australian opener, David Warner.
“Red ball is a different ball game. Having said that, I have done well in red-ball cricket as well. In my debut Ranji game against Kerala in 2018-19, I had scored an unbeaten 92 and also hit a gritty 55 against Delhi that season. I am ready for all formats of the game. The world’s best players such as David Warner aren’t just hard hitters of the white-ball but also excel in the longest version of the game,” Shahrukh added.
Shahrukh has made his debut in the IPL playing for the Punjab Kings. He has played just 11 games but has shown glimpses of his finishing potential.
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