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Delhi’s new IPL expert

Meet 13-year-old Tanya Sachdeva.

tv Updated: Mar 10, 2010 01:23 IST
Debjeet Kundu
Debjeet Kundu
Hindustan Times

I talk so much and he doesn’t. I really want to make him talk,” says 13-year-old Tanya Sachdeva about batting biggie Gautam Gambhir. Sachdeva, who’s just won a talent hunt for young cricket commentators for the upcoming IPL, adds, “His (Gambhir’s) birthday is on October 14 and mine is on 15... I’m dying to meet and party with him.”

Chosen from among thousands of kids across India, the Delhi girl will interview cricket stars on TV channel


, every time the Delhi IPL team plays at home. “Now we kids will speak and the elders will listen,” says the class-VII student of The Banyan Tree School.

“My mom used to scold me for playing cricket, but now I’ll be in the stadium,” says Sachdeva, a cricket lover since she was a toddler.

Her mother, Seema, isn’t scolding her anymore, though. “We just want her to do whatever she likes,” says Seema. Sister Sonal, however, wants it to be special. Keeping the ‘who’s better between Yuvi and Gauti’ fight aside, Sonal, a fashion designing-student, is busy creating an outfit for her sister. “I want to design something that will go well with the colour our Delhi team sports,” she says.

But Tanya “doesn’t want to think about clothes”. “I just want to be myself and talk there,” she says. No wonder she’s called a “tota” (parrot) at home.

First Published: Mar 09, 2010 18:11 IST