Interview of Cricket Fans – 73
Thank you for your participation in this interview, What are your early memories of this sport?
First of all, thank you for having me brother, my earliest cricket memory was in 3rd or 4th class and after coming back from the school I watched the 2003 WC match. I watched the match at that time because nothing more interesting was coming on TV. But slowly after watching some games I fell in the love with the game. Then Pak tour of 2004 came and Sehwag scored 300 and the hype of India Pak series. And I became mad about cricket. My mom used to forcefully tell me to sleep in noon but as soon as she slept I used to get up and lock the home from outside and ran to play cricket. Then my mother used to beat me with my bat but that’s a different thing haha. But cricket has always been a love for me. So it was a fun childhood with lots of cricket memories.
Have you been to a stadium to watch an international match? what was the experience like?
Yes, I have been to SMS Stadium Jaipur many times. First time I went there was in 2008 IPL. It was RR vs RCB. And the atmosphere was electrifying, cricket, music everything was there. I remember in that match, Dravid was playing like Gayle and hit 3 or 4 continues sixes in an over of Yusuf Pathan. So it was memorable. And after that, I have visited the stadium every season for some matches.
Share your memories of each ICC event India won in the last 13 years.
After India were knocked out from 2007 WC, I was depressed like any Indian. Then came the T20 I was too excited for a new format and seeing MSD as a captain. And what a final that was. The catching technique of Sreesanth still gives goosebumps.
Then in 2011 WC, it was simply a great experience. I skipped school for every match India played. And after winning that final the feeling was awesome.
CT 2013 was also a very good experience. New team and that lucky over of Ishant Sharma.
Your dp suggests that you are a big fan of Virat Kohli, few words on him?
Yes, he is one of my most favourite players. First I watched him in 2008 U19 final and the hunger for winning could be easily seen. After that, I started following his cricket. He has played so many good innings for India. Now we all are seeing that he is standing with 70 centuries and around 21k runs in such a small career. I still remember his first ODI century vs Srilanka at Eden Garden when we were chasing more than 300. We lost Sachin Sehwag in 5 overs. And he came and hit Malinga for consecutive 4 boundaries. That was a great inning.
Top 3 knocks from each format. And why?
In tests, the century at Edgbaston vs England in 2018 was my favourite. Coming after horrific 2014 tour so it was such a bliss to watch. Other than that century in both innings of Adelaide test match in 2014. Which was his first test match as captain also.
In ODI, the 183 vs Pakistan was seriously outstanding since he was a youngster that time and playing that kind of inning was simply great. Other than that innings, the famous Hobart century, WC final inning, CT final are also favourite.
In T20 the 82 Runs inning at Mohali vs Australia. I can’t forget that innings.
Looking forward to watching him first in the limited-overs and then the lone test match he will be playing down under?
Yes, Australian tour is always been special for any cricket fan. And after winning last time there the expectations are high. But this time there is a good thing that we are first playing limited over there so the player will get time for adjusting to the conditions for test matches.
Yes, Kohli leaving after first match gonna hurt but cricketers also has a personal life so it’s understandable.
I just hope we do better again at the down under.
But gonna miss Kohli and the crowd of MCG on boxing day test.
Your views on Mankad?
In my opinion, if it is in the books then the spirit of cricket doesn’t matter. Because maintaining the spirit of cricket is the responsibility of ICC and MCC and if they are not removing it from the books then why players need to think about it? And why only bowlers need to think about the spirit? It’s a responsibility of batsmen also. So Ashwin was right in my opinion.
Few words for the selectors of our Indian Cricket Team?
We deserve better selectors haha. Jokes apart, I don’t understand how can you not pick a guy like Suryakumar Yadav. Especially when such a large pool of players is going for the tour? How can you select Varun only the basis of a few IPL games?
They need to look at domestic players also. There are many players like Priyank Panchal, Jalaj Saxena, Lad, SKY, Abhimsnyu Iswaran and many others are performing but they are not even considering them.
Are you suggesting that selectors have preferred performance-based on IPL over Ranji Trophy?
Yes, as far as my memory goes except for a selection of Hanuma and Mayank ( after scoring so many runs) they have not picked any player based on the performance of domestic cricket in recent years. I can be wrong too but I am unable to recall any player other than them. And both were also not the first choice they were picked after the player getting injured.
What is your all-time XI?
All-time XI it’s gonna be difficult. I never thought about that. But let’s give a try
2. 2. Jayasuriya
3. 3. Kohli
4. 4. Richards
5. 5. Martin Crowe (C)
6. 6 Dhoni (WK)
7. 7 Hussey
8. 8. Warne.
9. 9 Wasim Akram
10. 10 Lilee
11. 11. McGrath