Interview of Cricket Fans – 61
Thank you for your participation in this interview, tell us your early memories and how you fell in love with this sport.
First of all, thank you for having me here brother, as a kid I never thought watching cricket for fun will go in such a way that it will become a passion for me in future. Started following cricket when I was 9/10 years, those were days India toured Zimbabwe and Suresh Raina was leading the side. Since then, my love for Raina and cricket increased. The same year, my favourite IPL franchise lifted its maiden IPL trophy and that’s how I started following cricket. To conclude, that Indian side under Raina, Hamilton, Elton and Prosper from Zimbabwe and CSK were the main reasons I fell in love with this beautiful sport.
Were you fortunate enough to watch an international match live in a stadium?
I watched an IPL game on May 4, 2017, when the home team Delhi Daredevils took over Gujarat Lions at Kotla. Watching my favourite players performing in front of me was some sort of satisfaction. I still pinch myself in disbelief that the legends of the game like Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke went by my side but I did nothing, forgot to click pictures, I was in my own world that time. Coming back to that game, I would have been a part of a mesmerizing record by Rishabh Pant that day had he not fall short by 3 runs to become the youngest ever to score IPL ton.
Few words on Dhoni? Mention your favourite Dhoni knock
In my view, MSD IS GOAT. People keep talking about MSD not having an overseas century to his name but forget about other innings where his 70s and 80s have helped the team immensely. One such innings was his 76* against England at Lords in 2007. India were battling to save the test match, needed to play the entire 5th day with 7 wickets in hand. But India lost 2 wickets in the first half an hour making things even more difficult. In walks MSD at 7. He builds partnership with VVS Laxman thereby raising hopes of a draw. But soon after lunch, Laxman gets out leaving MSD to fight it out with the tail. Dhoni made sure he played most of the deliveries. But wickets kept tumbling from the other end. Soon India were 9 down with over 20 overs to be bowled. Then arrives the rain forcing early finish to the game thereby making it a draw. You may argue that it was due to rain that match ended in a draw but at least Dhoni stood there till rain arrived. India went on to win the next match and series by 1-0 thereby winning test series in England for the first time ever. In that perspective, I feel this is one of the most important innings of MSD’s career.
What do you have to say about your favourite IPL team – CSK?
Started supporting CSK since the inaugural IPL season and what a roller-coaster ride it has been! It’s not just the franchise team for me but also a part of my life.
There are a lot of emotions attached to this team. I watched a lot of success of this franchise. This year they weren’t at their best. I hope this won’t last long. Wish lots of success to this team, it has been like a family. You won’t be able to get such attachment from another franchise, for me, CSK is like a home away from home.
How does it feel to have them follow you on Twitter?
Never knew I would be having such an amazing journey within a year. Truly life is a roller coaster for me, came here with no expectations and yet this franchise didn’t disappoint, they did everything possible to make them feel that one member is added to the family away from Chennai, Tamil and India. Truly, when they first replied to me it was around 2 am in Nepal and I didn’t sleep that night, got follow back on Friday night and saw the notification on Saturday and my whole Saturday went wondering how was it possible, and for another 2 to 3 months I checked my profile on regular basis hoping that it was not a mistake.
Few words on Sandeep Lamichhane?
Started following him once he was picked by Delhi Daredevils in 2018, since then everybody knows how his IPL journey began. Regarded as one of the best leg spinners after Rashid when we used to see associate nation giving up a fight. It was Sandeep’s amazing presence of mind, that he stuck together with Karan KC to bring Nepal on the verge of World Cup qualifier 2018 to Zimbabwe beating Canada by a wicket when more than 50 runs were required with a final wicket to go. Then Nepal beat PNG and we had to thank Netherlands for making sure we get ODI status. He was exceptional with the ball in that series and soon when Nepal came out on the field as an ODI status holding nation, he was instrumental again in that series bagging 4 wickets in 2 games. And when USA and Oman toured Nepal for CWC league 2, It was all about his wonders that melted the visitors USA as they scored the lowest total in ODI, that’s where he bagged 6 wickets in 6 overs giving up just 16 runs. It was certainly the match where spinners took all 10 wickets. And to be honest, when I entered the stadium that day to watch, it was already over. It was his consistent performance that he is the first Nepali to play all the league of the world.
Few words on Jemimah Rodrigues?
It was at end of 2018, I started following her. since then the journey is amazing, looking at her performances gives me immense pleasure that she is one of my favourite women players. She has a lot of spark which is needed and I won’t be wrong in telling you that she will be ruling women’s cricket in near future. As Smriti says, “She is quite on the field and an entertainer off the field.” It means a lot that she is enjoying her game on a serious note. Bunking class to watch her game was another level fun.
Your all-time XI?
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