If you weren’t a cricketer, you would’ve been...
Playing some other sport or in the social service business.
What’s the secret of your success with Kolkata Knight Riders?
The secret is that I opened the batting! On a serious note, it was just belief and a will to succeed.
Do star owners such as Shah Rukh Khan divert the attention of players from the game?
Not even in the slightest way.
Is it true that you learnt hockey before you learnt to play cricket?
Not true. I learnt to play cricket first. No, wait, I always knew how to play cricket.
Which is your favourite scoring shot?
The straight drive.
Do you like to play the scoop over the wicketkeeper?
Would you rather be alone at home or alone in a party?
Alone at home, thank you.
Who do you look up to in cricket?
I look up to everyone. I believe one can learn something from everybody. But I do have my ‘go-to’ people.
Your favourite cricket ground.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium and Eden Gardens.
Define your style.
It’s my own style and a work in progress.
What are you most embarrassed to reveal – your WhatsApp, your Twitter or your Facebook account?
None of the above.
What can you live in?
I’m not fussy about clothes. I can live because I can breathe.
After a long day at work, you love to gorge on...
Anything with good nutrition to keep me going for the next long day at work!
Grooming products you can’t do without.
My after-shave lotion and my perfume.
Your favourite Bollywood stars.
Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Ranbir Kapoor.
The craziest thing you have ever done.
You destress with...
Music and books
One thing you never leave home without.
My watch and my phone.
One thing you can never eat.
The gadget you are fond of.
If they are gadgets, I’m fond of them.
Three things you’d need if you were stranded on an island.
My toothbrush, my books and drinking water.
Your fitness fundas.
Eat right and push your limits as your body is a tool that God has gifted you with to do amazing things.
The last line of your autobiography would read...
I haven’t thought of that one yet.
- Interviewed by Veenu Singh
From HT Brunch, September 7
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