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  • What are your views on India’s current bowling lineup?
  • What differentiates top players at the highest level?
  • Which do you think is the greatest innings played by an Indian cricketer?
  • With India having such a vast talent pool and with so many skillful players around, how challenging is to give them game-time and nurturing them?
  • After having introduced the white ball in domestic junior cricket, what changes have you observed?
  • How do you keep track of the progress of youngsters?
  • What is it that you have identified at the grassroots level that helps create good bench strength for India?
  • What are the things you have learnt as a coach?
  • Does Rahul Dravid, the coach, behave differently from Rahul Dravid, the cricketer during a close finish or a thriller?
  • They say you learn more about the game as a coach than as a player. Has it been the same for you?
  • How important is it for the youngsters to understand the Indian cricket history or leaving a legacy behind once you are done with the game?
  • Why did you decline the offer of being awarded an honorary doctorate degree by multiple universities?
  • What according to you differentiates top players at the highest level?
  • What was playing for India like?
  • Which is your favourite country to tour?
  • What does being a gentleman mean to you?
  • Do the Twenty20 and IPL threaten India’s Test cricket ranking?
  • Who do you think is going to take up your mantle?
  • Do you agree that India needs to have a tougher bowling attack to win overseas?
  • Who are the top five bowlers you have faced?
  • How do you see the victory of the U-19 World Cup for the team and for yourself?
  • What makes India stand out so much among the other teams?
  • How have you motivated the players who were injured?
  • What’s your advice to the players who will now move into higher level cricket?
  • How important for you were the early preparation and cricket practices?
  • Is it emotional at all for you, having been with them for almost two years as these boys won’t be together after this?
  • Why is it that players of U-19, who were under your guidance had to behave themselves properly even after the win in the Asia Cup?
  • You’ve always come across as this guy who bottles up all his emotions, and some even have gone on to call you stuck-up. Is it true?
  • The events which you have performed on the stage in the IPL must have made you upset?
  • The only time you probably showed a lot of emotion was by flinging your cap in the Royals’ dugout after a bad defeat at Wankhede Stadium a couple of years ago. Tell us about it.
  • If you could win one trophy in a sport other than cricket, which one would it be?
  • A batsman from the past you would’ve liked to have had a partnership with?
  • Which is the finest book you’ve read?
  • What is the most memorable headline about you that you remember from your career?
  • Amongst the present crop of bowlers, who do you think would have troubled you the most?
  • A non-cricketing sportsperson you admire and would look to meet?
  • What has surprised you as coach of India’s U-19 team and India’s A-team?
  • You are credited for India’s bench strength. What are your views?
  • How do you deal with senior team discards and those waiting to get in the senior side?
  • What are your views on the new concept of shadow tours with the A team, ahead of a major overseas senior tour?
  • What are your thoughts regarding the lack of practice and few tour games ahead of major series?
  • How important is stability for a player in a team?
  • What comments would you give regarding the suggestions from the ICC to use the English Duke Ball for all test?
  • What comments would you give regarding the suggestions from the ICC to use the English Duke Ball for all test?
  • How deeply were you interested in slip fielding during cricket matches?
  • How did you figure out which was the best spot for you in the slip cordon?
  • Is it always better to have your preferred hand taking the ball, with the other one wrapped around as a support?
  • How tough is it for a player to sustain form while awaiting a chance in the senior team?
  • As a coach are you proud of yourself when you get to know that Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw have been selected for India’s Test Series?
  • Do you think that playing for India’s A-team is about creating opportunity and a competitive environment in which they excel in?
  • Why is India not succeeding as a batting unit in overseas conditions?
  • Do you feel worried when you watch Rishabh Pant or Hanuma Vihari facing against some of the toughest test series players like Broad and Anderson on the pitch?
  • Do you sense Test batting, because of the way cricket is now, just stagnating or suffering a little bit?
  • However would you like to see some sort of balance restored in favour of batsmen in Test match cricket, sometime now with the kind of batting performances we are seeing?
  • Share us your view about Virat Kohli in terms of his decision in team selection.
  • Why did you always believe that there should be some solid practice before a Test match?
  • How does a player pick the right time to retire?
  • What did you assess when making a decision to retire?
  • Did you ever think that retiring from cricket was a mistake?
  • What is it about life after cricket that you think a player fears the most?
  • How has the fitness part been working with you since the past two to three years and so on?
  • Do you think it had a direct impact on your game in the last few years?
  • When cricketers go into their late 30s do they sense what the outside world observes as a fading of their skills?
  • Did it matter a lot to you when caught out, bowled, stumped, run out, lbw, etc when you were on the field?
  • What were the methods you used when playing against spin bowlers like Murali and Shane Warne in your cricket career?
  • For a player playing on the field does Body language counts a lot during a national level cricket match?
  • What do you make of the general notion that struggling against fast bowling is worse than struggling against spin?
  • How would you like to describe your role as a captain for the Indian national team?
  • Was captaincy something you were actually looking forward to doing?
  • Do you think that captains can actually lose teams and that at one point you lost the team?
  • How do you look back at when you spoke to your teammates before your retirement from cricket?
  • What is your response to the impact of Twenty20 cricket on Indian cricket?
  • How must India handle the passing of a great generation of its Test players?
  • Are you worried about the Indian Cricket Team whether it will be a successful or a competitive team in all formats of Cricket game?
  • You say no to an honorary doctorate degree and are built up to be this pillar of virtue. Did you wonder why people made such a big deal of it?
  • Before you actually retired, was there a time in your career that you were so totally fed up that you actually wanted to throw it all away?
  • Indian batsmen are groomed to be able to play against spin bowling from the moment they pick up the sport. How did you tackle spinners such as Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne?
  • Which aspects of captaincy did you enjoy the most?
  • If you were ever invited into the dressing room of the national side to a make a speech, what would you say to them?
  • Did you have any superstitions while playing?
  • What is the most memorable headline about you that you remember from your career?
  • Which batsman from the past would you have liked to partner up with?
  • How did wicket keeping come to you even though you never kept wickets for Karnataka?
  • Which ground was your favourite to bat in?
  • What are the reasons for the decline in Test batsmanship?
  • With so much cricket, pressure and competition for spots, do teams require a mental conditioning coach?
  • What kind of a role does failure play in life?

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