The final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 was played between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on Monday in Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium. Shahrukh Khan smashed a six on the last ball to clinch the title for Tamil Nadu with his team required five runs on the last ball.
Shahrukh Khan, who plays for Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League, was at his brutal best during the death overs and scored 30 runs in the last 12 balls to take Tamil Nadu over the line and win their second successive SMAT title in two years.
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni was seen watching the final moment of the game. His picture went viral on social media as soon as CSK put it on their social media handle. Fans were buzzing and have been speculating that Shahrukh Khan can be targeted by CSK in the upcoming mega-auction for the IPL 2022.
See how Twitter reacted;
— CRICKET VIDEOS 🏏 (@AbdullahNeaz) November 22, 2021
Shahrukh Khan 🤝 Dinesh Karthik
Last ball 6 from Tamil Nadu Bois to win a game. pic.twitter.com/cNsR64cfqs
— Hemant (@Sportscasmm) November 22, 2021
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) November 22, 2021
Cometh the hour, cometh the man! ❤️
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) November 22, 2021
Get him Dhoni bhai! Would love to see a couple TN players in starting 11 of CSK.
— Venkataraman K S (@venky211187) November 22, 2021
SRK to CSK 🤩💛
— Achhu (@Achhyuthaa) November 22, 2021
IPL auction preparation 🔥
— Vinoth R Raja (@VinothRRaja) November 22, 2021
— Mr.AlOnE (@sanmugam_54226) November 22, 2021
— Prithvi Raj Dwivedy (@raj_dwivedy) November 22, 2021
Auction coming Behind the matches 🔥🦁💛 pic.twitter.com/9Kj82yAKQ8
— Sakthimonkvijay (@Sakthivel08081) November 22, 2021
On the match’s front, Manish Pandey-led Karnataka 151/7 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first by Tamil Nadu skipper Vijay Shankar. Chasing the total, Tamil Nadu were steady at one point but they lost wickets in a cluster towards the end of their innings. Karnataka had the momentum going into the final two overs with 30 runs needed in 12 balls.
Shahrukh Khan kept his clam and looted 14 runs from the penultimate over. He scored an early boundary in the next over but things got tight towards the end. With five runs needed on the last ball, Shahrukh Khan went on to finish the game in MS Dhoni’s style with a six over deep square leg.
“There were a lot of things in my mind, but I tried to keep it simple. 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,” Shahrukh Khan said after the win.