Interview of Cricket Fans – 132
J – Thank you for your participation in this interview, tell us a bit about yourself first, as a cricket fan
First of all, thank you for such a format and I genuinely love your work. I am a 20-year-old fan/student of this sport.
For me, cricket is “Meditation”. Whenever I play/watch cricket, everything just becomes still. Nothing matters to me other than cricket. It just brings a sense of peace to my mind and lets me be in the moment.
J – What is your earliest memory of this game?
Unfortunately, it is the 2007 50 over World Cup where India lost it in the league stage. I still remember my final exams were going on and during those days you were not allowed to watch T.V. When the next day I went to school, I got to know that India had lost against Bangladesh and I was shocked. But more shocking was that everyone was talking about cricket, not about the exam, teachers, students, staff all were discussing cricket. That day I realized cricket is not just a sport in this country, it is much more than you think.
J – Your take on Mankad?
As it is in the laws of cricket, I am totally in favour of it. But it always gets hammered under the phrase “spirit of the game” which is totally absurd.
J – Which is your favourite format of the game, and why?
Without any doubt – test cricket. Even if it is India vs Sri Lanka, I would pay to watch it. Test cricket as a player tests your skills, ability, patience and enhances your craft. And in general, it tells you about how to deal with challenging situations in life. Even if you are on the back foot in the first innings of life, you still have the second innings to bounce back and win the match of life.
J – Who is your favourite Indian Cricketer? And why?
M. S. Dhoni. This man doesn’t need any reason to be a favourite. His achievements, career, character speaks volumes. Whether you are his fan or hater, but whenever the Indian team was in a problematic situation, his name was in everyone’s mind.
P. S. Should have played at number 4 in the semifinal of the World Cup 2019.
J – Who is the most underrated cricketer in India?
Manish Pandey. I think he is a player with great skill and calibre but he has not been utilized fully. Even in T20’s, he plays at five or six position which is not justifiable. Such kind of player should play on top of the order.
J – Who is your favourite Indian Cricketer amongst the younger generation?
There are many but Devdutt Padikkal is quite a fascinating player. I believe he could be the next big thing in cricket world. And also Riyan Parag apart from his dancing skills.
J – Your favourite knock and a favourite shot of Virat Kohli?
82 runs of 51 balls in the quarter-final against Australia at T20 WorldCup 2016.
The favourite shot would be a short-arm jab for six against Chris Woakes in the first One Day International match at Pune in January, 2017. Unbelievable nonchalant shot.
J – Which is your favourite IPL team at the moment?
Being a Delhi waala so Delhi Capitals. Played magnificently last year under Ponting’s guidance.
P. S. They will lift the trophy this year.
J – Which is the best IPL spell till now?
6 for 14 by Sohail Tanvir of Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008 against Chennai Super Kings. One of the best in IPL history so far.
J – What is your all-time XI?
I prefer test cricket more:-
Sir Alastair Cook
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