Interview of Cricket Fans – 161


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.

For me, cricket is a religion and I’m its devotee. Cricket as a passion runs in my blood. My first memory of cricket as a 7-year old was watching the bowl-out between India and Pakistan in the inaugural WT20 in 2007. My father woke me up to watch this exciting matchup and I ended up copying Robin Uthappa’s cap celebration for the next few days. From thereon cricket has become the best companion of my life.

Which Cricketer did you idolize growing up?

Growing up I idolized the stalwart artists of the game, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Their determination, belief and focus inspired me. As times passed, I became an ardent admirer of Virat Kohli, the reason being his strive for success and the attitude of never backing out of any situation.

Your favourite book on cricket?

My favourite cricket book is the autobiography of Sachin Tendulkar – “Playing It My Way” which beautifully portrays what it takes to be the best for such a long period. Another special mention is “Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians” by Boria Majumdar.

Which cricket website/app do you rely on for news and other stuff?

For cricket related stuff and updates, I generally prefer browsing through the EspnCricinfo website. Its content is interesting and worth reading. Sometimes Cricbuzz as well. (for my favourite Harsha Bhogle sir) And if I miss even a bit, cricket twitteratis are always there to update.

There is a perception that cricket is called a batsmen’s game. Do you agree?

Considering the rules of the game currently and the size of the boundaries, I do agree that it’s a batsman’s game at present. Powerplay in limited-overs, two new balls in ODIs (which takes reverse swing out of the game) are some of those components which keep the bowlers under the blue-collar stereotype. A moderation in rules is necessary to keep the contest in balance since a batsman can win you a game, but a bowler can win you championships.

What is going to happen tomorrow – WTC finals?

The 18th of June awaits us for a mouth-watering clash between the fearless Indian team and the high spirited New Zealand team (unfairly tagged as underdogs). We’ll witness a great contest with both teams looking to clinch the inaugural championship in the format which is the pinnacle having a history of 144 years. New Zealand might have some advantage owing to the Test series against England but one can only rule out the star-studded Indian side at his/her peril. I hope the Indian team breaks the jinx of ICC knockouts.

Would you rather want India to win the finals of the WTC or the England series?

Very tough to choose between the two. The inaugural WTC win will be remembered forever, will set a benchmark, can inspire generations and attract people to this format. A victorious England series can kickstart an era of dominance for India for the next 6-7 years. If given one to choose from, I’ll go with the WTC win, winning partially by 51-49 against the England series, haha.

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