Buzz is that you were joining politics…
I’m not. I never ever said I have any political ambitions.
What about photography? You’ve just come out with a book, Wide Angle.
Photography has been my passion since I took a trip to Srinagar during the under-17 camp, sometime in 1987-’88. My brother gifted me an aim-and-shoot camera and I was soon capturing everything around me.
Any other interests apart from photography and cricket?
I follow a lot of other sports. I watch the major tennis
tournaments. I loved watching John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Pete Sampras. I’m a huge fan of football as well. I support Brazil during the World Cup.
Were your teammates okay about their private lives being exposed to the public, courtesy your book?
No, my teammates didn’t have a problem because they knew my intention was not that. It was more about capturing them in their candid moments.
Who has the most photogenic face in the Indian squad?
I enjoy clicking Vinod Kambli, Javagal Srinath and Harbhajan Singh. They would come up with such funny expressions.
Which is your best photographic moment?
My best photograph undoubtedly is that of the lightening that I captured in the Durban sky. Then, there is a snapshot of the celebrations after Sachin Tendulkar scored his 35th test century. I also love the tiger pictures that I took at the Ranthambhor sanctuary.
You’ve also shot John Wright playing a guitar. Does he really play one?
Oh yes! That’s his stress-buster. He carries his guitar everywhere.
You are the vice chairman of the Karnataka Wildlife Board. Tell us about your work.
I want to spread awareness about wildlife conservation. I want to create models of sustained ecological conservation in Karnataka, which can be replicated elsewhere in the country. I also want to involve corporates and the government in this endeavour.
I’ve started the Jumbo Fund, which is a part of the Kumble Foundation to facilitate the process.
Do you think lavish ad campaigns are enough to save the tiger?
The ad campaigns are a starting point to kindle minds, make everyone sit up and take notice. But they are not enough. Saving the tiger needs a sustained process in different stages for the endeavour to succeed. The tiger is the apex predator of the Indian jungles and ensuring its survival means the survival of other species.