Shah Rukh wants Saurav as mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders team in IPL 4

Two days auction on IPL players is over. Now Shah Rukh is in the role of damage control manager. He wants Saurav in his team in a special role.

Kolkata Knight Riders without Saurav in the coming IPL tournament, Knight Riders team management had no problem but people of Kolkata are not ready to accept it. Shah Rukh Khan is well aware of the facts that happened during last two days in Kolkata. Ganguli's supporters burned the actor's effigies in Kolkata. In a television interview in South Africa, Shah Rukh told that Kolkata Knight Riders without Saurav Ganguly is beyond imagination. He would talk with Saurav after coming back. Shah Rukh wants Saurav in a different role in this IPL, as a mentor. It is learnt that Saurav is not interested.

Why Shah Rukh changed his mind regarding Saurav

IPL is a cricket tournament but it is more business than a sport. Different corporate houses are now involved in IPL tournament and they know business. It is also true that no others teams have shown interest on Saurav in the auction. It is also unfair to demand for Saurav's inclusion in Kolkata Knight Riders when the team management is not interested on Saurav. But Shah Rukh's problem is something different. West Bengal's people are very much sentimental regarding Saurav Ganguli. Kolkata Knight Riders without Saurav Ganguli may not get the support of Kolkata people. Shah Rukh is anticipating fewer crowds in Eden Gardens in KKR matches of IPL tournament.

Performance of Saurav Ganguli in previous IPL sessions

Matches played 13
Runs Scored 349
Highest Score 91
Average 29.08
Strike rate 113.68

Matches played 13
Runs Scored 189
Highest Score 46
Average 17.18
Strike rate 91.30

Matches played 14
Runs Scored 493
Highest Score 88
Average 37.92
Strike rate 117.66

Is it justified to demand inclusion of Saurav in KKR?

Saurav is not playing even domestic crickets regularly. His golden days in cricket are past. IPL t20 format of cricket needs physically fit and young players. For batsman, running between the wickets, good fielding are considered here. IPL team owners are mainly business man. They are not recognized as cricket lovers. So if we think that prestige of veteran players should be considered, it is our mistake. Saurav Ganguli was a great player, greatest caption of India so far. Such demands for Saurav will not glorify his contribution in this sport.

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