India is known to be particularly crazy about two things — cricket and Bollywood. So, with the World T20 underway, we get some of the most ardent cricket fans from the film industry to talk about their earliest memories of the game. While Akshay Kumar remembered jumping with joy when India won the 1983 World Cup, Sushant Singh Rajput revealed that it was his sister who took him to watch his first international match.
Sushant Singh Rajput
My sister used to play professional cricket, and would take me to all her matches. She was my first coach; I started enjoying this sport because of her. She was the one who took me to watch my first live international cricket match; it was between India and Pakistan. It was surreal to watch the likes of Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi play in front of me. I can never forget that match.
One of my earliest experiences of watching cricket is of the 1983 World Cup, when Kapil Dev led the Indian team to victory. I remember getting nervous when the team got all out for just 183 in the finals, and then Vivian Richards (former West Indian cricketer) hit our bowlers all over the park. As a young fan, I remember almost dancing with joy when Kapil paaji lifted the World Cup trophy at Lord’s. Cricket has me hooked ever since.
My first memories are of the 1992 World Cup. I was around eight, and I was fascinated with coloured jerseys and kits, white balls and day-and-night matches. I remember the India-Pakistan clash, when Javed Miandad danced in front of Kiran More. I loved the crystal ball trophy that Pakistan won. But I enjoyed the 1996 World Cup the most, as I was playing district level under-14 cricket, as a wicketkeeper-batsman, because I was living and breathing cricket at that time.
My first memory of cricket is of India’s famous test victory against England in 1986. I was only seven years old at that time. I remember that the game was played at the UK’s iconic Lord’s. Cricketers like Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar and Mohammad Azharuddin, who played that game, made an impression on me, which has stayed with me for all these years.
Aditya Roy Kapur
My earliest memory of watching cricket is from the 1996 World Cup. I remember Romesh Kaluwitharana and Sanath Jayasuriya (both former Sri Lankan cricketers) going crazy in the first 15 overs, and changing the one-day game format. Also, I remember Ajay Jadeja smashing Waqar Younis in the quarter finals, and Venkatesh Prasad sending Aamir Sohail to the pavilion. It was one of the most fun tournaments; it made me a cricket lover for life.
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