Virender Sehwag and Preity Zinta during a Kings XI Punjab IPL match Image: Twitter
On May 8, when Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) were defeated by Rajasthan Royals (RR), reports of an ugly tiff between KXIP co-owner Preity Zinta and team mentor Virender Sehwag started doing the rounds. A Mumbai daily had reported that there was an altercation between the two.
Several other reports suggested that Zinta was unhappy with the fact that Sehwag had altered the batting order as KXIP chased the 159-run target.
Now, the speculation can be laid to rest. According to a statement issued by KXIP, all’s well between the two. In fact, nothing apparently happened.
“The stories have led to a lot of speculation and we at Kings XI Punjab would like to clearly state that as part of our management process, (as well as other franchisees) we review our performance on and off the field after each game through both, formal and informal discussions. This is part of our standard operations review process which helps us to analyse our results and allow us to focus on the improvement required after each game, both on and off the field so that we can continue to improve in all aspects.
The culture in Kings XI is one that is open and non-hierarchical, and is one which encourages open and frank debate by one and all across all levels with the common goal of continuous improvement.
It is unfortunate that this open and transparent culture has been misconstrued and highlighted in a negative manner, so as to tarnish and damage our image as well as that of the IPL,” the statement read.
Kings XI Punjab are enjoying a stellar run this Indian Premier League, with Jamaican giant Chris Gayle in top form. Kings XI are currently at No. 3 on the points table. They next face the Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders today.