IPL 2024: Purple Knight in Chepauk

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From the moment Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) captain Shreyas Iyer tossed the coin on a humid Sunday evening at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, the signs were always there.

(Photo | Ashwin Prasath, EPS)

Every time the emcee at the ground asked the fans to pick a team chant, the sound of K… K... R…, K… K... R… overpowered SRH. It was very much evident when Mitchell Starc delivering the ball of the season to clean up Abhishek Sharma.

(Photo | Ashwin Prasath, EPS)

As the evening went on, it only got louder with every wicket, every celebration as SRH were dismissed for 113.

(Photo | Ashwin Prasath, EPS)

The sights of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, co-owner of KKR, in the stands with DJ blasting out the famous ‘Running with King Khan, bullets rain down like its thunder’ lyrics from Anirudh Ravichander’s title track in Jawan only added to the electric atmosphere.

(Photo | Ashwin Prasath, EPS)

As Venkatesh Iyer hit the winning runs, KKR dug out was a bundle of emotions. Even the rarely smiling KKR mentor Gautam Gambhir had the widest grin on his face.

(Photo | Ashwin Prasath, EPS)

Shah Rukh did a lap of honour, thanking the fans, who had come out donning purple; who waited till well past midnight to witness what they had waited for a decade.

(Photo | Ashwin Prasath, EPS)
(Photo | Ashwin Prasath, EPS)