Interview of Cricket Fans – 173
Tell us about your favourite IPL team – Rajasthan Royals, how long have you been following this team and who was your favourite player back then?
It all started when IPL was announced, back in 2008. I was in 8th standard at that time. I wasn’t actually emotionally attached to RR at that time tbh, it was more like you gotta support your home team, you gotta do it. Still remember my friends in the school used to tease me about RR at the starting of the season but when we won the cup, they were all like Bhawana you already knew, didn’t you? Haha. Emotional attachment with RR started in 2011 when we bought Rahul Dravid. So you can say that I’m supporting Rajasthan Royals from all my heart started in 2011.
My favourite players – Rahul Dravid, Shane Watson and now Shreyas Gopal
What do you make of their performance in the first half and what are you expecting from the second half of IPL which will continue in few months?
I think Rajasthan did well in the first half of the IPL mainly after the injury of Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, some guys went back as well. Still, Rajasthan fought hard and won few games as well. The captaincy of Sanju Samson impressed me as well including his batting, he was not consistent in the past few years for RR but this year he has done a good job. Also, I’d like to mention Chetan Sakariya, he’s a future star.
In the second half, I’d say Rajasthan Royals can do well but it’ll depend on the availability of overseas players. Another factor would be the confidence of Chetan Sakariya, a fully fit Tyagi, captaincy and consistency of Sanju Samson. If everything comes together then RR will have a great chance to fight for that fourth spot. If you look at the points table, the top 3 are almost sealed but the 4th spot is wide open.
Do you have an unpopular opinion on anything related to this sport?
Which Indian cricketer’s story inspires you the most?
It has to be Yuvraj Singh, he struggled while getting into professional cricket but once he got into international cricket, there was no stopping him. We all know his struggle with the dreaded disease cancer and how he dealt with that is an inspiration for all of us. The way he played in the WC 2011 is unforgettable. And soon after treating cancer, he came back into the field, which shows how much love he has for the game and then he started the Youwecan foundation for people who need it. I always believe in what he said in an interview, ” give back and help them make a come back, just like I did.”
Who is your favourite player from the younger generation of our Indian team?
Many youngsters are coming through the ranks in the Indian system like Gill, Pant, Parag, Kartik Tyagi, Ravi Bishnoi, and many more. All are my favourites and I hope they can serve the Indian team for a longer period in the future and lead to WC wins.
Few words on Rahul Dravid?
I remember I started watching cricket since the 2002-2003 world cup and that’s because of Rahul Dravid, he’s my idol. At that time, I was around 6 years old. I used to see Rahul Dravid and get happy. There’s this magic in his personality that draws you in. He has inspired me in many ways, he’s very patient and focused as we all have seen thousands of times, has always been calm under pressure with never give up spirit. He is honest, passionate, a hard worker, always dedicated to his work. All these things inspire me to be a better person both in my professional and personal life.
What have you learnt from this game?
If you observe closely, there are lots of things you can learn from the game of cricket. Some of them are:-
– Staying calm under tough situations.
– Being patient.
– Expect the unexpected.
– Practice to improve your weak areas.
– Mistakes are common in life.
– Life needs planning and preparation.
– Being consistent is the only way to be successful over the longer term.
What’s your all-time Rajasthan Royals XI?
Jos Buttler (WK)
Shane Warne (C)
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