Former England all-rounder Ravi Bopara looked back fondly on his stint with the Punjab Kings franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL), with one memory standing out in particular. During his time with the team, Bopara played for two seasons in 2009 and 2010, showcasing his all-round abilities on the field. His performance in the 2009 IPL season was notable, as he amassed a total of 346 runs and claimed five wickets across 15 matches.

However, it’s not just Bopara’s on-field achievements that have stuck with him over the years. One of his standout recollections from that period involves team co-owner and Bollywood actress Preity Zinta. Bopara warmly remembers the time Zinta personally cooked aloo parathas for him, a gesture demonstrating the familial atmosphere and personal touch that the franchise aimed to inculcate within its ranks. This act of kindness by Zinta left a lasting impression on Bopara, underscoring the unique connections formed within the IPL ecosystem.

The most memorable moment, besides winning and achieving my highest score, was when Preity Zinta personally cooked parathas for me. She prepared them with her own hands. When she asked about my breakfast preferences, I mentioned aloo parathas, and she kindly made them herself. I will always be grateful for that kind gesture.

Ravi Bopara, speaking on ‘The Super Over’

Beyond the food

Punjab Kings had a roller-coaster experience during Bopara’s tenure. In the 2009 IPL, which was held in South Africa due to general elections in India, the team finished fifth on the leaderboard with an even 7-win and 7-loss record. However, the following year, the team experienced a steep decline, finishing at the bottom of the table with a disappointing 4 wins from 14 matches.

Ravi Bopara shared these cherished memories and his experiences during an appearance on FanCode’s IPL show ‘The Super Over,’ giving fans an intimate look into his journey with the Punjab Kings. As the IPL continues to forge strong bonds among players, franchises, and fans alike, stories like Bopara’s remind us that the league is as much about the memories made off the field as it is about the cricketing action on it.

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