"I really look up to VVS Laxman for inspiration," says cricketer Irfan Pathan

  • Veenu Singh, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2015 18:43 IST

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A doctor, maybe. My parents wanted me to be a priest.

Your all-time favourite cricket grounds?

Mohali, Eden Gardens and the Adelaide Oval.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Personally, no. But I do some things for the team, sometimes.

Who is more fun: Your brother Yusuf or you?

My brother is more serious. Though he occasionally plays pranks that leave a lasting impression! I also tease people a lot.

Who are you closest to in the family?

I’m close to every one of them in my own way as I share a different kind of rapport with each of them.

How do you rate yourself as a dancer?

I’m still learning.


Which dance style are you most comfortable with?


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Signing up for Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded.

One cricketer you really look up to.

VVS Laxman.

Do you have a specific fitness regime?

For more oxygen in the body, I do breathing exercises with my daily workouts. I’m also doing some body-weight training.

Other sports you love.

Badminton and table tennis.

Your favourite holiday destination.

Any place with clean beaches.

The theme song of your life is...

Apni Toh Jaise Taise
from Housefull 2 (2012).

What makes your day?

A good night’s sleep, good food and some quality time spent with my family. My day is incomplete without troubling or teasing someone!

What spoils it?

Dealing with people who have ego issues and who misbehave.

A grooming product you always carry with you?

A trimmer.

You destress by...

Listening to music.

Your strategy in a crisis.

Staying strong.

Your favourite midnight snack.

Anything with besan, as it has more protein and is low on carbs.


If you had to wear the same outfit for a week, what would you choose?

White T-shirt with jeans.

One cricketer you wouldn’t want to bowl against.

My brother [Yusuf Pathan].

The last line of your autobiography would read...

"Believe in yourself’’.

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