Shah Rukh Khan and daughter Suhana Khan    AFP
Shah Rukh Khan and daughter Suhana Khan AFP

Kolkata: Bollywood Superstar and principal owner Shah Rukh Khan cheered for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) from the stands even as his new-look team, under new skipper Dinesh Karthik, looked to regain some lost ground in the post-Gautam Gambhir era at the Eden Gardens here. Accompanied by his daughter Suhana Khan who looked resplendent in a white top emblazoned with KKR logo, Shah Rukh entered his home ground about an hour before the first ball was bowled.

This was Karthik’s first stint as an IPL skipper and Shah Rukh ensured to give the new look team the much-needed boost. His team also included Sanjay Kapoor, who cheered for the team from the corporate stand. KKR had to confront a partisan crowd with about half of the packed Eden shouting ‘RCB, RCB’ while AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli were in the middle of their 64 runs partnership off 36 balls.

But Shah Rukh and Co kept cheering the team as there was another celebrity team of Star Plus popular Majumdar Parivaar led by Naira who kept dancing to KKR’s tunes.

Welcoming the new captain Shah Rukh Khan had posted a heartwarming message on Twitter after Karthik’s appointment. Shah Rukh is busy shooting overseas for his movie and is expected to go back after the first match.

Put in to bat, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) scored 176 for 7 in the IPL opener against KKR.