Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (Will do, will fight, will win). That is the anthem of Kolka Knight Riders, owned by the irrepressible Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, or SRK to his fans. Of course, he is the biggest star of the team. His mere presence in the stands at Eden Gardens, or any other ground, invites much louder cheers than Yusuf Pathan’s massive sixes or Sunil Narine’s mesmerising deliveries.
SRK is the real “Big Show” of the IPL, but his team have been threatening to rob him of that title in recent times, with two titles in the last three seasons.
The Indian Premier League’s Kolkata schedule has been slightly rejigged owing to the Municipal elections in the city with the organisers deciding to shift KKR’s April 12 to 25 home matches following a request from the police Kolkata.
It seems as if the objective of this year’s IPL is not just to free itself of controversies, but also to rope in more number of people to watch the 46-day cricket extravanganza. For that, the BCCI has decided to introduce Fanparks across 15 cities in the country, which will not get to host any matches but are seen as potential venues of passionate cricket followers.
“T20 provides the perfect platform for us to grow the game and taking it to newer venues. During the summer months Fanparks will provide it an ideal outing for families. The Pepsi IPL Fan Park aims to bring the match venues to those who have not been able to watch a cricket match from the stands in a stadium so far. It will enhance the experience of viewing and following the game for thousands of loyal fans. We are working closely with all the state associations of BCCI as well as our broadcast partners and sponsors in delivering this. We are creating a scalable model with plans to add more centers in the years to come. I expect fans to turn up in large numbers and enjoy the cricket with their friends and family” said Anurag Thakur, Hony Secretary, BCCI.