For years, Bollywood stars have entertained, enthralled and motivated us on the big screen. But can they do it in real life? Can they re-create their on-screen magic for real and inspire a group of demoralized and defeated men?
Kings XI co-owner Preity Zinta faced the challenge of motivating her team, who are languishing at the bottom of the Indian Premier League ( IPL) 4 table, with six losses in nine games.
She gave an emotional and highly-charged speech to her ‘boys’ on Sunday night. Did it have any effect? We will see for ourselves when Kings XI host table-toppers Mumbai Indians on Tuesday.
“We may have lost but we are the best team. Don’t think about the result, just go and play. Mumbai Indians are a top side, but don’t let that bother you and play your best,” Preity is reported to have said to her team on Sunday night.
Preity, it seems, is willing to go any distance for her team. From a franchisee owner to a friend who cooks paranthas for them, to now turning mentor, this Punjabi kudi will do what ever it takes.
“The boys are all geared up for match against Mumbai Indians. We are looking to play good cricket and entertain our fans who have supported us all along. I am sure the batsmen have made their own plans to face (Lasith) Malinga and bowlers will try to execute their plans well against (Aiden) Blizzard. They have a lot of depth in their batting line up and our bowlers have to do a good job. They are certainly the best team in the tournament,” David Hussey said on Monday.
Mumbai Indians will be hoping to come up with another dominating performance. Their batsmen are set and bowlers look in good rhythm.
Though they have almost made it to the play-off stage, every match of theirs is throwing up a player who rises to the occasion.