I’m going to say a few things here that might not make people happy, but I think they need to be said. First, I can’t live my life by what people in general think of me, or what I say. Just because the people who are reportedly upset with something I’ve said about a cricketing performance are starry, doesn’t mean I take it all back.
I said what I said and I stand by it. But it cuts both ways. For instance, people said we (Delhi) gave an ordinary performance against Mumbai and we did. But we didn’t overreact or fuss about what anyone said. We picked ourselves up and raised the bar.
I don’t believe in saying things I don’t mean. If you’re looking for platitudes or banal gestures, I don’t think you’ll get that from me. I don’t mean to sound arrogant, I’m not, but I also can’t be a hypocrite.
More pertinently, I can’t be expected to get all worked up about comments made by people who have never picked up a cricket bat in their life.
If I listen to opinions seriously, it is from people who have played the game. Who understand what it is to desperately want to win, who know what it’s like to try and out-think the opposition, who’ve gone back to the dressing room and cried because they missed out, shared a joyous moment wi-th mates who did the impossible, or been captain of a professional side and felt the pressure of responsibility.