Bol­ly­wood star won’t miss her African sa­fari

Stel­len­bosch Kings owner ‘loves’ Hashim Amla

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SAMEER NAIK

BOL­LY­WOOD star Pre­ity Zinta has as­sured Cape cricket fans that she will be in the stands to sup­port her lo­cal T20 team, the Stel­len­bosch Kings, de­spite her busy sched­ule.

Zinta, 42, has a new movie to pro­mote, along with sev­eral model shoots.

“I’m a hands-on per­son, so I def­i­nitely will be here (in Novem­ber),” she said yes­ter­day.

Zinta, who also owns In­dian Premier League team, the Kings XI Pun­jab, was in South Africa this week to un­veil her T20 Global League fran­chise.

“It’s not the cricket part that I am wor­ried about be­cause we have the best in the busi­ness. But I am wor­ried about all the other things, the teething prob­lems that come with first-time ex­pe­ri­ence, so I need to make sure I am here,” she said.

“Also, my hus­band and my fam­ily will be com­ing be­cause we all want to go for a sa­fari and for a lovely wine-tast­ing trip. Ev­ery­one is re­ally ex­cited.”

Zinta has high hopes for her side in the de­but Global League com­pe­ti­tion: “I feel like a kid in a candy store. I’ve been in this busi­ness, but in In­dia it’s a dif­fer­ent ball game com­pared to South Africa.

“So even though I know what it’s like to run the busi­ness, the fact that you go­ing to a new coun­try, adapt­ing to a new cul­ture... I am a lit­tle bit ner­vous, but so grate­ful for the way things turned out.”

Zinta added: “We have a fan­tas­tic bowl­ing line-up, a lot of young ta­lented play­ers, and some hard hit­ters.

“We are also very for­tu­nate to have Faf du Plessis cap­tain­ing the team and to have coaches like Eric Si­mons and Stephen Flem­ing is a bless­ing, so I am thrilled and con­fi­dent that we will do well.”

Zinta has a soft spot for South African crick­eters.

“The rea­son why my­self and many other cricket lovers from In­dia love South African crick­eters is be­cause of their at­ti­tude to­wards the game.”

“I love Hashim Amla, he plays for Kings XI. When I first met him he was the most quiet guy. He in­spires all the young­sters. He doesn’t say much, but let’s his bat do the talk­ing.”

Zinta wasn’t al­ways a cricket fan: “I never watched any cricket grow­ing up. I never liked it. In school, I did ev­ery­thing be­sides cricket.”

Her in­ter­est in the game be­gan when she bought the Kings XI Pun­jab in 2008.

“I knew noth­ing about the game. But I was very ea­ger to learn. So I made a barter deal with one of the field­ing coaches from Kings XI. I told him that I would teach him one thing about film ev­ery day if he teaches me one thing about cricket.

“Ev­ery­day he taught me one thing, like what’s an off-spin­ner, a leg-spin­ner, a bouncer, what does an LBW mean, just ba­sic stuff about cricket.

“Af­ter 10 years I’ve learnt a lot, but I wouldn’t say I’m an ex­pert.”

Pre­ity Zinta

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