Place of birth
High point of life
a century on my test debut, and winning the 2011 World Cup
Low point of your life
Scholarship from Air India in 1999
Currently i am...
Enjoying training in my new Adidas running shoes called Energy BOOST, and playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL
Your favourite cricket ground in India and abroad.
Ranchi in India and Auckland abroad.
Describe your fitness regime?
Living a healthy life with regulated sleep and eating habits, and feeling happy.
How do you work on your fielding?
I believe that fitness is very important, and one needs to be very alert and involved on the ground. I always expect every ball to come my way. Jonty Rhodes has also been an inspiration.
What exercise regime do you follow to improve your fielding?
My core and glutes. After my surgery, I’m working a lot on my back and hamstring along with glutes.
Your favourite mate in the dressing room.
The toughest bowler to face in Tests and ODIs.
Your favourite restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai?
Bukhara in Delhi and Thai Pavillion in Mumbai.
What inspires you the most?
My passion for the game, and playing every game thinking it will be my last chance to play for the nation.
Which body part would you want to insure?
What adventure sports are you fond of?
I enjoy snorkelling, water sports and paragliding.
The last thing you bought for under R10.
A greeting card for my first girlfriend when I was 17. That’s all I can recall.
The street food you can’t ignore.
Tunde ke kebab.
One piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.
That it is important to follow one’s heart.
Who is your 3am friend?
One Bollywood actress you would want to date.
Sonali Bendre. She is very pretty.
What makes your day?
Playing for India. Waking up in the morning, knowing that I will wear the Indian jersey. God has been kind to me.
What spoils it?
When India loses a match.
Your dream destination.
Your idea of a perfect holiday.
On the beach with friends all day long.
You get angry when...
People indulge in back-biting.
You destress with...
Good old Hindi music – I love Kishore Kumar songs and also those sung by Mohit Chauhan.
The last line of your autobiography would read...
Suresh Raina – the believer, the doer.
The film you have seen more than 5 times
The most overrated film
Sex and the City, and Humraaz
The most paisa vasool film
Kai Po Che
A movie that takes you back to your youth
The first movie that you saw on the big screen
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
From HT Brunch, April 7
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