After sportsmen like Ajay Jadeja, Mohinder Amarnath, Sanath Jayasuriya, Baichung Bhutia and Akhil Kumar tried their hand at dancing, it is now veteran cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth’s turn to join the bandwagon. Better known as Cheeka, the former opening batsman for India will now be judged on a completely different set of moves on the dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa season 6 (JDJ).
In this interview, Srikkanth talks about his excitement for the show, his desire to explore new things and how he thinks he will be an underdog among the other participants.
Why did you decide to participate in JDJ?
It was a surprising decision for me too (laughs). Let me honestly say that I don’t know anything about dancing. A few months ago, when the JDJ team approached me, I told them I can’t dance. But they told me not to worry as plenty of other cricketers and sportsmen had been on the show before. That gave me a bit of confidence. I thought if they can do it, probably I can too. I was assured that the choreographers would be with me at every step, and so I joined in.
JDJ is a popular and much-loved show, which was another reason for me to sign on. I am a positive person. I will passionately and honestly give it my best. I also believe in exploring new things, so let’s see how it goes.
Have you watched the show on TV before?
I did watch it in its initial years. My wife watches a lot of Hindi movies and shows, so I am forced to watch them too. I do enjoy them.
How would you rate yourself as a dancer?
Horrible, I guess. I don’t know (laughs). I think the audience will be a better judge after they have seen my first act. When you have a party at home, you dance, but that is different. That isn’t about synchronised moves or choreographed steps.
Do you know (judges) Madhuri and Karan socially?
I have met Karan on a couple of occasions, but I have never met Madhuri. She is a terrific dancer and a great actor while Karan is a superb director. I want to do well in front of them. No one expects me to be a great dancer. I am an underdog and I am happy about that because then there are no expectations.
Do you have any desire to act in a TV show?
No, nothing of that sort. I just thought JDJ could be one fun thing to do.