Dirk Nannes is trying to remember the name of the tomb of the “famous Mughal emperor” he visited on Friday morning as part of his Dilli darshan. But try as he might, he's drawing a blank.
“Still,” he grins, “I'm determined to shop, explore, discover everything about Delhi.” The 33-year-old sometime Aussie, sometime Dutch paceman does seem determinedly earnest, so you don't have the heart to tell him that he's probably not going to manage that in the short, hectic fortnight he'll be around.
The Champions League T20, what he's actually here for, kicks off next week and Nannes, the Daredevils' pace weapon, will be facing his mates from Victoria in the home team’s first clash, after opting to play for Delhi instead. Nannes speaks to HT about this and much more.
You've been a professional skier most of your life…
I was only 13 when I first took up skiing. It started with one of my family trips to Mount Buller in Victoria. One day I came back home with a brochure in my hand and the next thing I knew, I was skiing. My love for skiing was intense. I would work at pubs for months to fund my tours. It was hard work, but a lot of fun.
So this is why they call you a ‘cricketer by chance’.
(Laughs) Yeah. Cricket was just a hobby for me. I never had a childhood dream of playing for my country. In my 20s, it was just about playing on weekends. With time, I began to get serious about it.
Would you ever want to go back to skiing?
Skiing isn’t really a sport. It is pure adventure. Cricket is now my job. At the moment, I am enjoying it a lot.
How has the Delhi experience been so far?
First, it's very hot. I hired a taxi today and went to a few places this morning. I wanted to shop but the driver told us it was a national holiday. So he showed us a tomb though I can’t remember whose it was, visited the India Gate and the Raj Ghat.
Strange playing Victoria in the opener?
It is going to be a bit weird, a bit different. I know the boys really well in the Victoria side. We will have a few beers after the match!