After Friday’s match of IPL, the 19-year-old Rashid Khan made a won a surprising star behind him and it is Mahesh Babu, the Telugu actor whose rare tweets are reckoned by millions of his fans.
Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan’s stunning performance for SunRisers Hyderabad to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs to clinch the opportunity to play in the IPL 2018 final today has made the play worth watching for many but Mahesh Babu’s quick praise for the player has sent his fans into ecstasy.
Mahesh Babu tweeted, “Take a bow @rashidkhan_19… Whatta match by @SunRisers Can’t wait for Sunday!!! Congratulations to the whole team. Go #OrangeArmy #SRH.”
Surprised Rashid Khan replied immediately saying, “Thank you bro …watching your movies keenly.” The fact that despite being an Afghan, he too watches Mahesh Babu’s mostly Telugu films or sometimes dubbed into Hindi, has made many Mahesh Babu fans sit up and watch who the cricket star is.
Ever since the Indian Premier League(IPL) was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 9 crore, Rashid has come under scanner for his performance and he proved the team managers right with his superb performance in every IPL match.
For the first time, Mahesh Babu has lent his support to home team. Otherwise, Venkatesh Daggubati and Sai Dharam Tej too have been strong supporters of the home team Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has won accolades for its performance from minister KTR or Taraka Ram, who is son of Telangana CM K Chandrashekhara Rao or KCR.
Dharam Tej tweeted:“#SRH Through to the finals of this years edition of IPL 2018 #IPL2018Qualifier Rashid Khan you beauty….. @SunRisers congratulations”. Soon he was followed by another actor Nithin who tweeted, “Rashid khan!! U beautyy!! Wat a suuperb inningss!! The game is on #SRH”
KTR, who missed the real drama never relented. He said:“Missed the game but glad that @SunRisers made it. Congratulations and good luck for the trophy Guys”.
Soon the social media was abuzz with the wish to confer Indian citizenship on Rashid though External Affairs Minister replied saying it is the Home Ministry’s prerogative. Back in Kabul, Afghan President Ashrad Ghanis tweeted: “Rashid reminds us what’s best about Afghanistan. He remains an asset to the cricketing world. No, we are not giving him away.”
There it is but today, he is going to be watched across the world by millions of cricket fans and Mahesh Babu admirers for the IPL Final being played in Mumbai, when Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Chennai Super Kings.