Interview of Cricket Fans – 152 – ROHIT SHARMA
J – Thank you for your participation in this interview, firstly tell us a bit about yourself as a cricket fan and your early memories of the game
First of all thanks for having me here Jay. I am very much excited about this interview today.
Belonging to a family full of cricket lovers, I grew up watching cricket since my childhood. But the one who connected me to this sport is my father. He is one of those great fans of this sport who don’t miss any cricket matches. No matter which country or team is playing. I remember the first time I watched a cricket match was in 2015 WC India Vs Pakistan. In that match, Amitabh Bachchan was in the commentary box and Virat scored a century to help India win. That day I found my ardent love and enthusiasm for this wonderful game and now cricket is something very special to me. Watching and discussing cricket makes me happy and for me, it’s the best sport in the world.
J – How much does the person in your dp mean to you?
For me, Rohit Gurunath Sharma is an inspiration. He is the symbol of hard work and sheer determination. Coming from a very small family background, this guy has achieved miles of success just because of his hard work and dedication to this sport.
In the words of Rohit Sharma, he also said that – “People say I was god gifted talent. But only a few know that I started my career as an off-spin bowler and then I worked hard on my batting.”
J – Since you are a fan of ‘The Hitman’, you also have Mumbai Indians as your favourite team in the IPL, tell us your favourite memory of this franchise.
2019 IPL Final – After a tough year, MI bounced back in style and lifted the cup by defeating their arch-rivals CSK in Finals that too on the Final ball. “He has done it. Lasith Malinga the Hero” – I can still feel these words. In short, that match was just amazing.
J – When you see Rohit Sharma bat in the IPL, do you feel that we get to see very little of him, especially in the last couple of years?
Well, this is something which a lot of people talk about. If you compare Rohit’s IPL batting stats with his international one, then we can say that in IPL it should have better than what it is. But the most important thing is that Rohit is a team man and he plays for the team. Because of the high standards set by The Hitman. We want something more good from him in the coming seasons as a batsman.
J – Who is your favourite youngster in the Indian squad currently?
There are many but If I have to pick only one, I would choose Rishabh Pant. He is a very talented and fearless cricketer. We’ve seen the evolution of Rishabh Pant for the last couple of years. This guy has worked very hard on his batting, keeping and fitness. His unorthodox and fearless cricketing shots are a delight to watch.
J – India vs New Zealand – the World Test Championship final, must be exciting but nervous at the same time since it’s in England, a place where we have struggled in the longer format. Thoughts?
You’re right Jay. It’s the first time something called WTC is happening and we’re in finals. I am very much excited about this. If we talk about the venue, I know that our record was not that good at England in Tests but I personally feel that this time our team is balanced and capable of winning the finals.
J – What is your line-up for the finals against NZ?
My Line Up for Finals against NZ –
Virat Kohli (C)
Rishabh Pant (w/k)