Interview of Cricket Fans – 101 – @sagarcasm
J – Thank you for your participation in this interview, tell us your early memories of this sport.
Thank you for interviewing me. It’s an absolute honour to be in the company of some of the Twitter legends on your website.
One of the earliest cricket memories I have is watching Sachin Tendulkar’s desert storm innings in Sharjah in 1998. It was the first time my parents allowed me to watch cricket late at night. Sachin made 143 runs in 131 balls. India lost that match but qualified for the finals. And then India went on to win the finals. From the next day, I started shadow batting with a plastic bat that I owned. In my imagination, I was hitting sixes to Shane Warne.
J – Which cricketer’s story inspires you the most and why?
I have read a few biographies of cricketers. Every cricketer who played international cricket had to face massive challenges to reach that stage. As soon as I finish reading a biography, I get inspired. I work hard, get my shit together and then lose all the motivation after 2 days. My laziness trumps over any sort of motivation.
J – Which cricketer did you idolize growing up and why?
When I was a kid, I used to imitate Muttiah Muralitharan’s bowling action. It worked well for me. I got selected in my school’s team as an off-spinner. Went on to play under-14 inter-district cricket with the same action. As a teenager, I started idolizing Dhoni. I have probably read all the books written about him, watched all his interviews and dug up all the information about him from the internet. There’s a good chance that I know more about MS than his wife does.
J – Who is your favourite cricketer from the young generation?
I like Rahul Chahar. He has the necessary skillset for a leg spinner and he is extremely hungry for wickets. I have observed that when he does not get wickets in the first few overs, he will bowl extra flighted deliveries, he will reset the fielding or he will change even change his run-up angle. Whether it’s IPL, Ranji trophy or Vijay Hazare trophy he always gets wickets of the big players.
Outside India, I think Rashid Khan is the most impressive cricketer from the young generation. There’s no doubt about his talent, but there is certainly a doubt of him being actually young.
J – White ball or Red/Pink ball? Your favourite format of the game and why?
Currently, ODI is the most boring cricket format. If you are watching an ODI series, most probably the stronger team will win. T20 and test are a little more unpredictable. Other than that, it takes 8 hours to watch an ODI match. A full day of work is gone if you have to watch the entire game. That’s a lot of time investment for a viewer whose livelihood is not dependent on the sport.
I know that the test match is even longer, but the nature of the format makes it captivating. There are 4 innings in the match and each inning is a different story. Watching how each player responds to the ever-changing pitch and match condition is fascinating.
In the future, I would like to see only 2 cricket formats – Test Cricket and T10 cricket.
J – Your favourite team and your favourite player from the IPL?
I support CSK (No surprise there). But I love RCB. They give me so much content for jokes. My all-time favourite players from IPL are Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga
J – Do you feel a sense of responsibility whenever you tweet anything or you don’t think of these things at all and tweet fearlessly?
I tweet consciously. I don’t make jokes that are sexist or racist. I don’t make jokes on gods of any religion (Exception: I have made a few jokes on Sachin Tendulkar)
J – Which is your favourite cricket meme of all-time that you posted?
This thread on How to fight Coronavirus: Lessons from Rahul Dravid.
It’s an indirect tribute to a man I love and respect so much. This thread was featured in dozens of newspapers and news channels. A journalist told me that she showed this thread to Rahul Dravid and he loved it.
The most retweeted cricket meme of mine is this: Sehwag vs Dravid
J – Do you have an unpopular opinion that you would like to share about cricket through this interview?
Oh yeah. I have 3 unpopular opinions on Indian Cricket – 1.Kedar Jadhav is under-utilised as a bowler. 2. Virender Sehwag was a better test batsman than VVS Laxman. 3. Ravindra Jadeja has a better beard than Virat Kohli.
J – What is your all-time XI? (Choose any player from any era and format you prefer)
I’ll pick an all-time T20 team because it’s the only format that took birth after my birth.
Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Jos Buttler(wk), Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shahid Afridi, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
Extras(One from each category): Brendon McCullum, David Warner, Umar Gul, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan
Coach: R Ashwin; Team Manager: Amit Shah
J – Who is the funniest person on Cricket Twitter?
I follow a lot of funny cricket accounts but the undisputed winner of this category is @WasimJaffer14. His meme game is as effortless as his batting. His strike rate on Twitter is insane. Most of his tweets are hit out of the park.
What’s the difference between 2010 Twitter and 2020 Twitter? – @kaustats
Back in 2010, there was no “Quote Tweet” feature. Twitter didn’t even allow image upload. Hence no screenshots floated around. So Twitter wasn’t a battleground like it is today. Most people that I followed tweeted textual jokes in 140 characters.
What’s your actual job? – @Datascientist3_
I am a writer. Provider.
Is it a conscious effort from you to post memes which are on a lighter note and to ensure it does not hurt anyone? – @imabhi27
Twitter has become a political platform and it is impossible not to offend anyone. If you are right, you offend the left. If you are left, you offend the right. If you are neutral, you offend both.
I guarantee you, when Jay tweets about this interview, you will find a few hate comments below his tweet. There’s always someone who is either offended or hates you in general.
How many pegs did you have after MSD’s retirement? – @swapcasm7
I don’t drink alcohol. But that day, I drank around 60 ml of my own tears. Wo raat apun do baje tak piya.
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