Interview of Cricket Fans – 154 – INDIA
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.
Hello everyone! I hope you all are doing well. Thank you Jay for giving me this opportunity.
My name is Nikhil Sharma and you guys know me as CricNiks. I was born and raised in New Delhi. Being from a family of cricket lovers, I gained my interest in the game. My elder brother used to play with me on our terrace and always used me like a bowling machine. I always enjoyed being a bowler and that’s where I developed my love for cricket. I loved watching Shoaib Akhtar and always tried to copy his bowling action. My brother is a big fan of cricket as well and he knew that I liked watching Akhtar so he arranged two tickets for India vs Pakistan Test series, 2007. That was the first game I watched live in a cricket stadium. I was a bowling all-rounder and played for my club’s team. I started playing for my club when I was 11 years old and left after few years due to academic pressure. So these are my early memories of the game.
J – What is the best thing that has happened to you because of this sport?
The best thing ever happened to me because of this sport was that I got a chance to work for my favourite IPL team Delhi Capitals. I volunteered as a crew member in IPL 2019. There I officially got a chance to meet Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Prithvi Shaw, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, and Sandeep Lamichanne. That can be counted as one of the best moments of my life. I also got a chance to enter the play area of Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium after the last home match. I got a picture of mine with the dug-out of Delhi Capitals you many might have seen here. There are many more memories about this Volunteer program that I can’t reveal on a platform like this.
J – How this sport has inspired you in your life?
This sport taught me that there is always a chance to come back on the right track if you make efforts or show intent to achieve your desired goals. It’s never too late to adapt to the circumstances and work on it for your good. I am highly inspired by MS Dhoni’s ‘Never say Never’ attitude and his superpower to stay calm and composed in the toughest of situations. There’s a lot to get inspiration from this sport. The Border-Gavaskar trophy was an inspiration for many of us.
J – As an Indian Cricket fan, describe the past 5 months as a fan in your words.
The past few months have been great watching my team win. I was really happy and jumping around my house in excitement when we won the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
I got a chance to get featured on the fanwall and cheer for my favourite IPL team Delhi Capitals which was a very big thing for me. People recognizing me on television made me feel great. My team Delhi Capitals was performing great and winning the games so the last few months were great for me as a cricket fan. IPL suspension was a piece of bad news for the cricket fans all around but that was necessary so no complaints.
J – Is there a particular player that you love watching?
There is no one in particular that I love watching. I am an ICT fan and I love watching my team perform well. I am not the kind of person who’ll turn off his television if any particular player gets out. I always look forward to supporting my team.
J – Whenever your team fails to win the match, how do you deal with the loss?
This depends on how much weight did that match carry. If you ask me how I dealt with the Semifinal loss, I was in shock. That loss haunted me in my dreams. Generally, I try to distract myself and try not to think about the game. I play with my nieces, I play CSGO with my online friends just to be distracted. These are the things I usually do to deal with anything bad that affects my peace.
J – Thoughts on the World Test Championship final, do we stand a chance against the team that performs so well in those conditions?
DO WE STAND A CHANCE? We all saw what our team is capable of when we played against a team that performs well in a fortress.
Our team is well capable to win the WTC final and will give a tough competition. We are the No.1 test side and I don’t think conditions should be a factor affecting our performance. Our team should be well prepared for the same and I have full faith in our captain that he’ll lead from the front and lift the trophy.
J – What would your line-up for the finals be?
Virat Kohli (C)
Ajinkya Rahane (VC)
Rishabh Pant (wk)
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