'God particle': In Shah Rukh Khan's house, this cricketer has a special place. Not Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli


From hitting massive sixes to scoring tons of runs to producing breakthroughs, charismatic all-rounder Sunil Narine has been KKR's go-to man for over a decade in the initial loading, and co-owner Shah Rukh Khan praised the all-rounder, calling him “Superman” and the true energy behind the team's success. Building on Narine's blazing innings, including a century and two half-tons and nearly a dozen wickets, KKR are currently second on the table.

The two-time champions could well break their decade-long spell of not winning an IPL title if Narine's charisma continues to shine this season.

“At home we call him Superman, the God Particle. He's a boss on the field, a player, a bowler, a batsman, a wicketkeeper, a fielder. He's a player 'anything '” Shah Rukh told Star Sports. 'Knight Club Presents – King Khan's Rules' about the 35-year-old stalwart, who played a pivotal role in KKR's trophy lift in 2012 and 2014.

Narine, the IPL's highest wicket-taker among foreign spinners, had claimed 21 and 24 in the 2012 and 2014 editions respectively, paving the way for the purple and gold jerseys to clinch the two IPL titles.

“He is so fiery, so lovable. We are very lucky to have players, Indian or foreign, who have deep feelings for the team… Sunil, like I said, he is a player who 'anything'.” The Bollywood star added that Narine and compatriot Andre Russell were vital to the club's philosophy, saying anyone who got injured was like a blow to the side.

“Imagine KKR without these guys. When they get injured, it's horrible to wonder how we're going to manage without them. It's so crucial. They've been with us for so many years and I think about how whose team they supported, they are part of the family,” Shah Rukh said.

Russell is a cut above the rest when it comes to hairstyle, and Shah Rukh said the cricketer is a “fashionista”.

The mohawk he made popular upon his arrival in the IPL continues to trend even now, although more than a decade has passed since the fancy cut was first made popular by the West Indians .

“He is such a wonderful person to be around and such a great cricketer. He reminds us of the first great man like Universe Boss, Mr. Gayle. He is like that, and I like the fact that he is very caring fashion. He likes to dress well, do his hair.

“Last night I asked him: 'Do you have two-tone shoes?' He said no, but he has designer tips, so I said, “Are they Gucci designer tips?” Russell has forged a strong bond with Rinku Singh and Shah Rukh says their camaraderie reminds him of Jai-Veeru in the iconic film 'Sholey'.

“He and Rinku have such a strong bond, like the Jai-Veeru friendship. They are so different, yet they love and help each other as cricketers and as people. They are so different, yet they love each other and help each other as cricketers and as people” The team’s mentor Gautam Gambhir, who returned to the team this season after a stint with Lucknow Super Giants, will always remain. KKR's icon, given that he guided the team to two IPL titles and helped them qualify for the playoffs on five occasions.

“The great thing about Gautam Gambhir coming back to us is that I never felt like he was leaving us. Whether he was on our team or coaching someone other, there is never any animosity or competition with him.” Part one of Knight Club Presents – King Khan's Rules airs at 6:15pm tonight. PTI AM PM AM PM PM

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