Kolkata:The Kolkata Knight Riders have been steadily going downhill in terms of their performance in the DLF IPL, but now there's more worrying news for the team with reports of a rift between the captain Sourav Ganguly and the team owner Shah Rukh Khan.
According to reports, Dada and SRK are not seeing eye to eye on many issues. What prompted the split was apparently Ganguly's refusal to talk to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya on Shah Rukh's behalf to try and get the entertainment tax that King Khan is paying at the Eden Gardens abolished.
There are reportedly other differences between the two as well, ranging from team selection to Dada's displeasure at SRK's apparent thoughts of going in for a rotational captaincy. The two also differed on the team composition, right from the player auctions in February. Ganguly apparently wanted more batsmen in the team, while SRK persisted on having a bowling-heavy team. SRK has now sought an appointment with the West Bengal CM to talk to him personally about the enetertainment tax issue.
Knight Riders team manager Joy Bhattacharya, however, says that both King Khan and Ganguly are denying this story.
Bhattacharya, spoke to both the stars, asserted that there was no rift in the team at all. SRK spoke with Sourav after the match and the entertainment tax bit is still being worked upon. It is not final whether they need to pay or not. Moreover, SRK never commented about Dada's presence during the Zapak event because few other support staff were also not there.