If you weren’t a cricketer, you would have been...
In all probability, I would have been a software engineer.
What is the best thing about being the captain of a cricket team?
At the Under-19 level it feels good to be the captain as everyone,
including the coaches, look after you and your sense of responsibility increases. Also, that we have the best group among all.
A cricketer who inspires you.
I have always been inspired by Sachin Tendulkar. Virat Kohli’s current performance also inspires me.
What’s the best thing about Delhi?
Delhi is a great place for sports and one gets to meet a lot of sportsmen here. I also love the city’s wide roads.
Do you enjoy playing or watching any other sport?
I have been a national-level swimmer too. I also enjoy playing football.
Your biggest dream?
To play for the country for at least 10 more years.
The one thing you would like to unlearn.
I think at my age, it’s only good to learn new things.
The biggest risk you have ever taken...
When I bunked school for the first time in Class 9.
Your dream destination?
Switzerland. It’s simply breathtaking.
Who is your 3am friend?
My uncle, who has always guided me.
The people you are closest to.
My friends Utsav and Arjun.
You have three minutes to pack, what do you take with you?
My phone, my driver’s licence, keys and bank cards.
Your favourite gadget?
My U2 tablet.
Your favourite cricket ground.
Lords, Sydney Cricket Ground and Melbourne Cricket Ground. I also love playing in Dharamshala.
What does style mean to you?
It’s something that’s unique to me. I feel that life is like a ramp, so always walk in style.
One song that describes your current state of mind.
It’s actually the old ad jingle, Yeh Dil Maange More!
Do you do anything in particular before the start of a game.
I meditate for 15 minutes.
Your fitness routine?
I regularly hit the gym. And we also get on-field training.
A body part you would like to get insured.
I feel that my mind is the most important body part.
Your first crush.
It happened when I was in Class 4. She was my classmate.
Your strategy in a crisis?
There is always more time than you think.
Your mantra for success?
Keep working hard.
Three things you do before you go to sleep.
Check all my messages, and reply to them, I also write down a new word that I may have encountered that day and update my diary.
Place of birth
High point of your life
Winning the World Cup
Low point of your life
I don’t believe in low points, I take everything as a learning experience
DPS Noida and Modern School, St Stephen’s, Delhi
I am Preparing for the Ranji Trophy One-Day Tournament. Also the brand ambassador of HCL’s ME Tablet
Got selected for the Under-16, North Zone Team
From HT Brunch, February 17
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