“There were a lot of things in my mind” – Shahrukh Khan on hitting the clinical last-ball six to lift SMAT 2021 title for Tamil Nadu

Shahrukh Khan won the 'Player of the Match' award in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021-22 final for his tremendous knock of 33 runs off just 15 balls.

Shahrukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan

The man of the moment, Shahrukh Khan stole the show with his dramatic last-ball six to help Tamil Nadu lift the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy title on Monday. The middle-order helped his side clinch the third consecutive final tournament victory after beating Karnataka by four wickets here at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.

Khan held his nerves during the last over of the final match with 16 runs to go. The equation was down to five runs off the ultimate over before the 26-year-old hit the ball over the long-on fielder.

During a post-match chat, Shahrukh Khan revealed what was going through his mind on the final ball off speedster Prateek Jain. He stated:

“There were a lot of things in my mind, but I tried to keep it simple,” he said at the end of the game. “The ball was rough and the wicket was slow, so I wanted to connect it off the middle. I was waiting to hit it over long-on, and I got the room to get it over square leg.

“It has been a special thing to hit a last-ball six,” he added. “I’ll remember this for a long time.”

“We played a bit slow in the middle” – Khan

The right-handed batter further reckoned that their team got a bit slow with the asking run-rate during the middle-overs. However, he added that everyone in the side has a distinguished role to play, which had been their plan in the recently-concluded tournament. 

“We played a bit slow in the middle, but that’s the trend of our team – the roles are well-defined, and the top order had trust in me and Mohammed,” Shahrukh said. “He (Mohammed) has been a special talent so thanks to him,” the Tamil Nadu batter signed off.

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