Preity Zinta, the co-owner of Kings XI Punjab franchise has said she left doing movies for her IPL team Kins XI Punjab,
“This my first venture that I believed in and I wanted to do. I left my movies for this. It’s like my baby and so I would love to win the tournament with KXIP,” she said.
“The other thing which keeps me connected is to witness talent coming out from the grassroots level. Young Indian boys coming out and doing well is something I love to see and in some way, I feel like I am a part of a change in this country”, the co-owner of the franchise added.
Speaking about her journey of ten years with the team, Zinta said,
”When I first got into this I never anticipated that it would pan out this way but now it’s been ten to twelve years. After winning my first Filmfare award, people asked me what would I do after ten years and I said, “Well I’ll be doing business”. But I was told to relax and focus on movies. However, it was always in my head that there is life beyond the movies. So it was a very conscious decision to be involved in sports.”
The 42-year old actress also revealed that before acquiring the franchise, she rarely saw the game of cricket and it is IPL that has taught her a lot about the game,
“I love sports in general but the passion for cricket has developed only after IPL. I barely saw cricket earlier. But with my time in IPL, I have learnt a lot.”
Kings XI Punjab is one of the teams that has been plying its trade in the league right from the inception and at the majority of the occasions, we have witnessed Zinta’s presence on the field. She is always seen cheering for her team from the stands and motivate them from there.
Despite being backed by the owner, Kings XI Punjab hasn’t have best of the journey in their IPL tourney till now, as the Punjab-based franchise have only played IPL final once in the year 2014. They lost the final game to Kolkata Knight Riders which was popularly called as the Veer-Zara match.
Talking of the current season, the team sit at the fifth position on the points table and have five games left in the bag. They have to win almost each of the remaining games in order keep their hopes of qualifying for the next round alive or else they might find themselves going back home from the first round itself.