The International League T20 (ILT20) is not only a battleground for fierce cricketing action but also a stage where unexpected and heartwarming moments unfold. The third match of the ILT20 between Desert Vipers and Abu Dhabi Knight Riders brought one such delightful incident to the forefront. This time, it wasn’t just about the boundaries and wickets but about camaraderie and a charming connection between Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell.
Russell, a dynamic force in the cricketing world, dons the colours of Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in ILT20, a franchise owned by none other than Shah Rukh. The bond between the two extends beyond the cricket field, showcasing a unique friendship that adds an extra layer of excitement to the cricketing arena.
In a pulsating encounter at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders won the toss and opted to bowl against Desert Vipers. The Vipers set a competitive target of 164/8 in their allotted 20 overs, with notable contributions from Adam Hose (45) and Wanindu Hasaranga (24). Ali Khan starred with the ball for the Knight Riders, claiming three wickets for 29 runs.
In response, the Knight Riders chased down the target with ease, posting 166/4 in just 17.4 overs. Andries Gous played a stellar innings, scoring 95 off 50 balls, while Michael-Kyle Pepper contributed a brisk 36 off 25 balls. Tymal Mills was the pick of the bowlers for the Vipers, finishing with figures of 2/21.
Shah Rukh Khan and Andre Russell’s memorable moment
The cricketing action, however, wasn’t the only highlight of the match. Post the thrilling encounter, a heartwarming and adorable scene unfolded on the field. Russell, known for his on-field charisma, was seen striking Shah Rukh’s iconic DDLJ pose in a gesture that resonated beyond the boundaries.
Shah Rukh, the co-owner of Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, was visibly moved by Russell’s tribute. In response, the Bollywood superstar expressed his appreciation with a flying kiss and a muscle gesture, acknowledging Russell’s well-known moniker, “Russell Muscle.” The camaraderie between the two was evident, showcasing a bond that goes beyond the realm of cricket, and the video soon went viral on the internet.
Here’s the video:
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