Za­heer paaji’s en­gage­ment sur­prised the team: Amit

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Delhi Dare­dev­ils pacer Za­heer Khan’s fans were not the only ones taken by sur­prise at the news of his en­gage­ment to Chak De! In­dia actor Sa­garika Ghatge. His In­dian Premier League team­mate, leg spin­ner Amit Mishra (above), tells us that the whole team was sim­i­larly sur­prised. They got to know about it when 38-year-old ‘Zak’ posted a selfie (in­set) with his new fi­ancée.

“Ob­vi­ously, we knew [that they were dat­ing], and we did know they were think­ing about tak­ing things for­ward. But we were sur­prised that Za­heer paaji was en­gaged. We thought he was go­ing to pop the ques­tion once IPL was over,” says Amit.

Since that an­nounce­ment, the team­mates haven’t stopped pulling their cap­tain’s leg. “Woh toh hoga hi (that was bound to hap­pen). We keep teas­ing him and say, ‘Za­heer paaji, apne sagai toh chup chap kar li. Ab shaadi mein toh bu­lana nahi bhul jaoge na? (brother Za­heer, you got en­gaged so se­cre­tively. Now, hope you won’t for­get to in­vite us for the wed­ding),” chuck­les the spin­ner.

Za­heer is tak­ing it in his stride. “He’s quite nice and laughs it off,” says Amit, 32.

That easy-go­ing at­ti­tude shows in Za­heer’s cap­taincy; and the cap­tain be­ing a bowler is a bonus for Amit. He says, “It’s great that [Za­heer] is our cap­tain. He’s not a very dif­fi­cult man to get across, and lis­tens to ev­ery player in the team. He is a bowler and that helps some­one like me, who’s also a bowler.”


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