Interview of Cricket Fans – 111


J – Thank you for your participation in this interview, firstly tell us a bit about yourself as a cricket fan.

Like almost every other Indian, I also had a bat in my hand as a kid. Having curly hair and being called Sachin felt like a great achievement as a child. My Dad was the captain of his college cricket team and he had a book full of articles relating to cricket, and that was inspiring because of which my love for the game started growing with every second.

J – What are your early memories of this sport?

Well, I have grown watching cricket and even listening to it. I remember when I was maybe 6-7 years old, my grandfather used to adjust the antenna of the radio to listen to the commentary of the match and now when I look back at those memories and understand the determination of my dad and grandpa to sit by the balcony holding the radio the entire match it’s just mesmerizing. And the 2007 T20 World Cup Final was such a thriller moreover India vs Pakistan, there were at least 20 people squeezed into our hall to watch the match and we all went mad running on the streets to celebrate and burst crackers

J – How special is it to bond with your father because of Cricket?

That’s probably the most precious thing for me, we sit together to watch matches. This BGT not only me but even my dad used to be up at 5 many times to watch the match, though missed him badly on the last day of 4th test because he was away for work. Fun fact – we both started as Sachin Tendulkar fans and now we both are Rohit Sharma fans.

J – What impact has this sport made in your life?

It’s important to know which opportunities to take and which to leave, cricket teaches us this. Also, this sport has given me another reason to love my country and believe in it as a religion.

J – You grew up being a Sachin Tendulkar fan, any memories you would like to share during his playing days?

98 v Pakistan, World Cup, 2003. Though I was a kid, I remember the sadness ‘THE NERVOUS 90s’. I would share a funny incident, My mom used to say “I can’t watch him get out in the 90s again” and walk away from the TV. And till date my entire family rants about Bucknor. And on November 16, 2013, I was in tears.

J – So you said Rohit Sharma is your favourite player, why?

Because of his class, lazy elegance, easy on the eye and has all shots in his armoury. The way he times the ball and he has 1.5 seconds extra than the other players.

J – Your favourite overseas cricketer?

Kane Williamson, because of his calm and composed nature and another player who is perfectly suited for all formats.

Both Rohit Sharma and Kane Williamson are incredible captains, both can bowl when their team needs them, though not used much.

J – White ball Cricket or Red ball Cricket?

My favourite format has to be Tests, I’ll be honest I wasn’t a big fan of this format but in the past few years, I have started loving it. Won’t lie but the credit goes to Kohli- The Test Captain, I guess he has changed the perspective of the TEST matches not only for ICT but for other teams as well.

J – What is your unpopular opinion that you would like to share through this interview?

India always had the answer for the No. 4 batsmen but the management failed to see it. If MSD was sent up the order at no. 4 for even half part of his career he could have achieved some unreal records and especially WC 2019 for ICT. But that finisher tag turned out to be harmful eventually.

J – Your all-time XI?

Sachin Tendulkar
Virat Kohli
Andrew Symonds
Yuvraj Singh
Brendon McCullum
Irfan Pathan
Daniel Vettori
Shoaib Akhtar
Jasprit Bumrah

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