Interview of Cricket Fans – 105 – AUSTRALIA
J – Thank you for your participation in this interview, tell us your early memories of this sport.
Thanks for having me. When it comes to watching cricket, my first memories of the sport go back to the 2007 World Cup, when I was about five. However, my earliest memories are mostly of playing cricket with my cousins rather than watching it. It started with a no rules cricket match, because obviously, my cousins didn’t want to upset a four-year-old me by getting me out on the first ball, and then before I knew it, I got obsessed with wanting to know everything about it.
J – Which cricketer’s story inspires you the most?
I think my choices are pretty unconventional, but growing up, I thinking Yuvraj Singh was one of my biggest inspirations. He’s a legend, I don’t think there’s anything else to be said about the man. But recently, I think I’ve grown to admire and respect Tim Paine a lot. He’s had a rough career, with his finger injury but even after a seven-year absence, it was almost like he picked it up from where he left it, in the 2017′ Ashes. He’s been unstoppable since. Honorary mention: Steven Peter Smith. His attitude towards the game is commendable, and his 2019′ Ashes performance just speaks volumes of how strong of a person he is, on and off the field.
J – What has been the positive impact of cricket in your life?
Cricket has been a constant in my life, for someone who has a lot of instability and quick loss of interests. I just think I’m a better person when I’m following cricket.
J – So you started following Australian cricket and became a fan of them since last year, and you were an Indian fan before. Tell us what made you change your decision from being an Indian to an Aussie fan?
Personally, I like supporting people off the field equally as I like their game. I’ve hated Aussies for the past couple of years, being an Indian fan and I think the blind bias is what stopped me from appreciating good cricket from their side. I think not having a solid bias has helped me, because now I can appreciate the sport, not just a single team, whilst supporting my favourite team. 🙂
J – You are supporting a team that has 5 ICC Cricket World Cups in their cabinet, must be a good feeling as a fan?
It’s a great feeling sure, but unfortunately, I couldn’t appreciate it at that particular time, so it just feels futile right now. But hey, we always have 2023 to add another trophy, while I can very selfishly witness it and actually rejoice, instead of cursing them for a change.
J – Who is your favourite Aussie cricketer from the past? And why?
Ricky Ponting, as basic as it may sound. Even when I disliked him I couldn’t stop being myself to despise him. Ponting’s said to be the most successful captain, and rightfully so, I mean leading Australia to two consecutive World Cup titles is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s just sheer excellence.
J – How good was the 2019 Ashes series in England? Australia had a chance not only to retain but win the series too, unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
I think the test side has had a pretty rough time after the 2018 scandal. They’ve had a pretty rough journey, lifting the team up again after a terrible series loss against Pakistan and then India. it almost seemed impossible without their two key players. Never thought I’d appreciate a pom, but I became a Ben Stokes fan after the series, so it was a pretty special one.
J – Australia vs India, Australia vs England, Australia vs South Africa. Amongst these three contests, which is your favourite? And why?
Australia vs England, there’s no cricket rivalry like the Ashes. Plus watching the Poms lose is a bit of indescribable pleasure.
J – Few words on Smith?
He’s a legend. I don’t feel the need to compare him to anyone else, because he himself, is his biggest competition. I think he’s set such unrealistic standards that all of us expect him to perform in every single match. A modern-day legend, that’s all.
J – Tell us about the incident that happened with you on Twitter, so you posted a controversial photo and got a backlash from the Indian fans. Tell us about the incident from your point of view.
Well, I didn’t post it to stir up any controversy, it was supposed to be a joke between me and a couple of mutuals, but it turned into an ugly affair. Personally, I didn’t understand the “outrage” as abusive and bigoted “memes” get absolutely no such reaction. But fair enough, not agreeing with an opinion or a joke, 100% fair and alright. Abusing someone for it? also alright. The line should be drawn when you’re justifying misogyny under the pretence of defending your favourite. I think sometimes men forget that you can criticize women, without being your true sexist self lol.
I’m glad that there are a couple of sensible people who could see what’s wrong with slut-shaming someone for a non-abusive joke. I take accountability for the joke being in bad taste, but I do not regret it, as I could filter out a lot of misogynistic people, because of it.
It’s 2021, I think it’s high-time there should be a safe space for non-males interested in cricket, to put out harmless ‘opinions’ without their identities being attacked, and without men gate-keeping the sport like they own it, or thinking they are experts of it.
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