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Is SRK a bad loser?

Shubha Shetty-Saha

Updated: January 10, 2011, 2:49 PM IST
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Now that Saurav Ganguly has embarrassingly gone unselected at the high profile IPL auction, quite a few eyebrows are raised and a few bold fingers are pointing at Shah Rukh Khan. SRK's company which owns the team Kolkata Knight Riders not only didn't retain the once upon a time captain of his team but didn't bid for him as well.

The general perception is that SRK and Ganguly didn't get on too well during their stint together and SRK decided to dump him, even when Ganguly was the one of the topmost run getters at the IPL games last year.

It's a known fact that SRK hates losing perhaps a little more than others do. I remember him telling me in an interview soon after a humiliating loss at the IPL, "I cry when I lose. I think if you hate losing bad enough, you end up winning. It's a state of mind. Losing was horrible. Even though I sent wonderful messages to my team mates, I hated losing with all my heart. Winning should be a habit. But what to do, this win was not in my hands, there are too many things involved."

But in another interview, he had also told me, "I believe in winning at all costs....except honesty".

Fair enough. Who likes losing anyway? The character of a person, it is said,, is in how you react to losing after the feeling-bad phase. Was this a character test for SRK? We will never know.
On the other hand, are we going to grudge an extremely successful man of trying to stay successful at all costs? I don't know if we have the right to do that.

However, must add that SRK's quote about wanting to keep Saurav in the team in some other capacity seems just like Zandu balm being offered to a man after his legs get amputated. But I guess, being the high profile guy that he is, he has to sometimes make statements in defense.

First Published: January 10, 2011, 2:49 PM IST

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