Virat Kohli Curated

Cricket Captain, Team India

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  • India hasn’t played a Test match against Pakistan during your career. Do you think that will change, and is it a match you’d like to play in given the opportunity?

    They have such a quality bowling attack that obviously as a batsman I would love to face them. It could happen but it’s not something that I have any aspirations of or something that I really want badly. I don’t pinpoint things anymore. If you asked me 10 years ago whether I would be here in my life, be having a career as I’ve had, I wouldn’t even dream of it. So I am very happy with how life is going and I’m pretty happy taking every day and series as it comes.

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  • Are you in favor of the forthcoming Test Championship?

    I think that is going to give a huge push to Test cricket. It makes every series more competitive, and there’s going to be ups and downs throughout the Championship, which I really look forward to. The teams that love playing Test cricket are always going to be passionate about it. And it also depends on the system you have back home as well. If you’re not going to give more importance to first-class cricket, then people are going to lose motivation to play the longest format of the game. And with the T20 format coming in I think there’s a far greater responsibility on all the cricket boards across the world to treat first-class cricket really well, because if the facilities and the standard go up, then the motivation always stays. You don’t want players to get into that mindset where they’re finding the easy way out.

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  • Do you see four-day Test matches as a backward step?

    Definitely. It should not be tinkered with.

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  • By playing and talking about Test cricket with such passion, you’ve helped to give the format a real shot in the arm. Do you have concerns for its future though?

    In a few countries, yes. It all depends on the awareness of people who watch the game. If you take a country like South Africa or Australia or England, they have big crowds for Test matches because people understand the sport. It’s literally living life over five days. There are so many ups and downs and even when you’ve done well you’ve got to keep coming back and doing it all over again. There are no guarantees in life either. If you’ve had a good day it doesn’t mean that the next day is going to be good automatically. You’ve got to work towards it. Or if you’ve had a bad day there’s no option of staying at home. I think that if you really understand the sport, if you really love the sport, you understand Test cricket and you understand how exciting it is. I cannot explain to you the job satisfaction that you get when you do well in Test cricket, because you know how demanding it is. It’s the most beautiful format of the game. I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere. I don’t even see it getting compressed to four days.

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  • How sustainable is it for you to captain India in all three formats?

    I love it. It’s such a short span in my life. I’m not someone who’s ever looked for a comfort zone. I don’t think there is an option of giving up in life, especially when you have such a short career. Think about it… there are 1.3 billion people back home and only 16-20 people in that pool regularly play for their country. On top of that, you’re on top of the pile, and if I complain there, I really have to be ungrateful about everything that’s been given to me.

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  • What have been the biggest challenges during your time as captain?

    Not many. I’ve really enjoyed myself so far. I just wanted to play cricket at this level and now I’ve been given such an honor to captain my country, I cannot complain at all. It allows me to set the right example and work hard, so I can expect my teammates to work as hard. It has only helped me grow as a person and make me understand the game better and what needs to be done at different points of the game, or in life in general. You learn so many things about what is controllable, what are not controllable, respecting losses, and working hard towards victory. When decision-making is on you, you need to be very aware of what you are doing and that makes you aware as a person in general.

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  • How would you characterize your captaincy?

    I think every captain flushes in the mindset that he has himself to his team and I’ve always played my cricket with positivity. When I do well or I don’t do well, it’s not about thinking twice, only going forward. Results are a bi-product of that mindset. I believe in giving total freedom to the guys to go out there and play the way they want to, and to be fearless. You can make mistakes by being positive, lack of execution is fine, but hesitation is something that I cannot relate to myself so I would never want the players to play that way.

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  • Have you watched previous Indian captains and picked up aspects of their leadership?

    Not really anyone before MS. I was always someone who kept talking to him about the game so even when I was really young before I was made vice-captain, I would give him my suggestions. Not in a way that I thought I knew better but I felt at certain moments I could probably see this thing that someone else might not be able to pick up. So why not go and express me? I love thinking about the game and that’s why I enjoy captaincy so much and I enjoy chasing totals so much – I love using my brain to figure out what needs to be done during the game. I’ve learned the most from MS, standing so close to him at slip so many times and just observing him at close quarters.

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  • Do you make a point of taking the brightest talents aside to tell them that you see a big future for them in the Indian team?

    In my initial years when someone around me would say ‘You’ve been looked at to play for the Indian cricket team’ I would lose perspective about what needs to happen right now, and I don’t want that to happen with them. But I’m very confident these guys will make it to the top-level very, very soon and some of the guys are mature beyond their years.

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  • India was incredibly impressive as they won the Under 19 World Cup earlier this year – intimidatingly so if you support any other country. How exciting is it to see the next generation of talent coming through?

    I saw some of these guys in the IPL as well and I was stunned by some of the talents. You have two guys bowling almost 150 clicks and someone like Prithvi Shaw playing shots that I couldn’t even imagine at my age, hitting some of the fastest bowlers in the world for sixes at the IPL that were quite astonishing. I believe that you have to be accepting and comfortable with the fact that the next generation is always going to be better, and you have to bring in these guys accordingly and unleash them at this level. I’m not someone who will wait for people to go through the whole grind and see how they go in four, five or six years because you might just lose out on the best years of their life.

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  • Who are the people you’ve most enjoyed speaking to and learned the most from during your career?

    Gary Kirsten and Duncan Fletcher [former India coaches] are probably the two people I’ve enjoyed discussing cricket with the most. Gary was all about the feel of the game – how you feel as a player and how confident you are mental. Those small things really matter because I know how to strike a cricket ball but how to get into a zone where I am confident of striking the cricket ball is something I would discuss with Gary. And the same with Duncan as well. To be able to see the game in a particular manner is so much more important than to be able to hit that cover drive.

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  • Yuvraj Singh said that when he tried to give you advice as a youngster you didn’t listen because you were so distracted by all the other things around you. Do you recognize that version of yourself?

    Yeah, definitely. I look forward to guiding the young guys in the team to not make the same mistakes that probably I made when I was their age because I want them to have three more years of quality cricket compared to going up and down, struggling here and there and then finally finding their feet. If I see someone making the same mistakes that I committed and I cannot correct them, then it’s my failure. If I choose to stay quiet I’m not really doing my job. You don’t want to suffocate anyone but the mistakes I made early in my career, as Yuvraj rightly pointed out, I would not like to see youngsters make them more than once, because that’s just wasting such an important phase of their lives and careers.

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  • Did anyone have to pull you into line in your early career?

    There was my coach, Rajkumar Sharma, who was always looking at things from the outside and he understood me the most, after my family, because I had interacted him so much over the years. My family as well. Every time they felt like I was not on the right path they told me. But my coach was the one that was very stern with me. If I was doing something wrong he would make sure that he got that across, one way or the other. He was the only person I was scared of when I was growing up. I went into his academy when I was nine and even now I still speak to him about my game.

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  • How do you reflect on your younger self? Are there moments you look back on where you think, ‘I wish I hadn’t done that!’?

    Yeah, the one thing I remember most is when I’d had enough of the Australian crowd at Sydney [in 2012] and I just decided to flick a [middle] finger at them. ‘I’m so cool’. The match referee [Ranjan Madugalle] called me to his room the next day and I’m like, ‘What’s wrong?’. He said, ‘What happened at the boundary yesterday?’. I said, ‘Nothing, it was a bit of banter’. Then he threw the newspaper in front of me and there was this big image of me flicking on the front page and I said, ‘I’m so sorry, please don’t ban me!’. I got away with that one. He was a nice guy, he understood I was young and these things happen. I really laugh at a lot of the things I did when I was younger but I’m proud that I did not change my ways because I was always going to be who I am and not change for the world or for anyone else. I was pretty happy with who I was.

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  • How quickly have the last 10 years gone by?

    I’m close to 10,000 ODI runs and I still can’t believe it; I walk out and I feel like I’m still a club cricketer playing my first match. I still have to get that first run. And I’m so happy and grateful that I still have that feeling and I don’t think, ‘Oh, I’ve done everything’. I still have that respect for the game that I had in my first match. I know that when that feeling dies off it’s going to be time. But the fact that it has gone on for so long, and it has made me work hard on my game – continuously, relentlessly – is so wonderful to experience.

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  • How do you relax outside of cricket?

    We really enjoy our time when we come to other countries. We get to walk around and that’s very liberating, to be able to enjoy normal stuff like going out for breakfast or to coffee shops because we don’t walk at all back home – it’s only getting out of our house, into our car and going wherever we want to go, then back into our car to go home. We love pets, so if we see dogs around we play with them. We can literally do whatever we want in terms of buying things or having something but to be able to enjoy and be grateful about life every day is something that we take very seriously.

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  • You play so much cricket, rarely missing matches, and captaining India in all three formats. Psychologically, how do you stay on top of things and balance that with other aspects of your life?

    I think there’s no limit to what you can do, as long as you’re happy doing it. I don’t believe that if you are busy in life in general that your sport is going to get compromised. A 24-hour day is a long time to be able to do things. Spending time at home is something we really look forward to, then my sport is my priority as well, but apart from that I do a lot of commercials, a lot of businesses as well, which I’m actively involved in. It gives me a sense of working towards something all the time. I don’t feel the burden at all, to be honest. I love having the opportunity to be so busy in life.

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  • You’re one of the most influential figures in India essentially because, on a most basic level, you’re exceptionally good at hitting a cricket ball. Is that difficult to get your head around?

    Ever since I’ve been with my wife we understand the responsibility that we have as known people back home. It’s not only in terms of inspiring people through what I do or she does, but how we portray ourselves as a couple as well, and to set the right example there – to teach people the right things to follow and not worry too much about what people are going to say, because that can be a massive factor back home. We take this as a responsibility of being in the position that we are. Even in cricket now, for me it’s not about what I want to achieve as a cricketer, it’s more to do with how I can inspire the next lot of players. I feel that is more of a responsibility now, and not merely going on the park and hitting a ball.

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  • Does it help that your wife Anushka [Sharma, the Bollywood actress, and film producer] understands what it’s like to be in the public eye?

    That was one of the reasons why we got along so well, to be able to understand each other’s mindset and the demands of being in such a position. And also the fact that we are so similar in terms of the backgrounds we have. People do not understand us at all. They think we live a fairytale life and things are only of royal standards, but in reality, we are really normal people. We are in the public eye so it seems too far-fetched for the public to connect with, but we lead a very simple life at home. And that’s how we like to live. We do something that is in the public eye but we never chose to be recognized in this way.

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  • In the UK we find it hard to comprehend the level of attention and adulation that Indian cricketers, and you in particular, receive in your home country. How do you cope with it?

    When England came to India last, Alastair [Cook] asked me the same. Even players who’ve toured many times, it still amazes them how much passion and attention people have towards cricket in India. I said, ‘You just get used to it’. There is literally no other option. You cannot avoid it. I don’t try and fight it anymore. I’ve tried to do that in the past, where I wanted people to understand to an extent what an individual wants in terms of space and just to be able to have a normal life… for a bit! But that is very, very difficult to expect when you have so many people wanting to see you or meet you or are inspired by you. So I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s just something you have to accept.

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  • What was your first car?

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  • Which is your favourite Audi?

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  • What do you think about Audi electric cars?

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  • What is so exciting about the car Audi A6?

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  • Where do you go on your long drives?

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  • Tell us about your Audi R8?

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  • Tell us about your association with Audi?

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  • What is Kohli's approach to the game change?

    “When we came back from Australia in 2012, I saw a gap [between us and Australia]. I realised, if we don’t change the way we are playing, training or eating, we can’t compete with best in the world. No point in competing if you don’t want to be the best. I wanted to be the best version of myself and then based everything around that vision, my approach to the game changed,”

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  • What Kohli told about pure hard work?

    “I knew I wasn’t the most skilled sportsperson when I came in but [the] only constant thing has been working on myself. If [the] Indian team has to be the best in the world, it needs to go about in a certain manner,”

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  • What Kohli spoke about how fitness became an integral part of his life and how it helped him recover quickly, even as the Indian team crisscrossed the U.K. during a six-week World Cup campaign?

    “During World Cup, every game my energy level was 120 percent. My recovery was so fast that average distance I covered in a game was 15 kms. I would come back, do my recovery treatments and travel to another city and soon I was ready to train again. There was so much energy that I could do gym sessions and play 10 games in such a short span of time (35 days). Played each game at high intensity and never felt like this before. There was no stiffness in my body,”

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  • What Kohli speaks about the work he has done on his fitness after returning from India’s tour of Australia in 2012?

    “When I walked in to bat, there wasn’t any fear or respect in opposition corner,” Kohli said in a sports web-show, In Depth with Graham Bensinger. “I didn’t want to walk into ground thinking that opposition feels that this guy is a pushover, who is going to do no damage. Just didn’t want to be another player as I wanted to make an impact. I wanted that when I walk in; the teams should think that we need to get this guy out or else we will lose the game. And if I don’t want to be that guy, then there is something wrong in my head,”

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  • How Kohli explained spending time with Anushka Sharma?

    “Since we have known each other, this is honestly the longest we have spent together. Usually, I am on tour or Anushka has been working, I go see her or she’s working in Mumbai and I happened to be home during those days. There’s some thing or the other happening.“There’s one person going to work or doing something that has to be done, but this is the time when both of us have just been together every day and it’s been so amazing. We never thought that we would get to spend so much time like this to spend with each other every day. It’s so nice to know that there’s a silver lining in any situation in life,”

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  • What Kohli spoke about his fast bowlers?

    “I want to see, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami coming together, and having a conversation. You know, I have seen what do they talk about when they come together. I want to see how much control do they have on themselves and their characters come out.”

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  • What Kohli told about Yuzvendra Chahal ?

    “Yuzi has been the joker while Jasprit [Bumrah] has been a revelation, I did not know that he can have such a detailed conversation in public. I knew he could be good in a one-on-one interaction but his opening up in front of everyone – I did not think that would happen. That has been great to see”

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  • aCCORDING TO Kohli what is the beauty of the IPL?

    'In the IPL, you are just probably meeting another team every second or third day and that’s the beauty of the IPL, you are playing in a different mahol [atmosphere]. I absolutely love that tournament and also for the camaraderie which you share with so many new players that you play with, so many players that you have known for a long time now, not from your own country, those who you don’t see often, and there is one reason why everyone loves the IPL too, there is a connect, of players and fans and of viewers”

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  • What Kohli told about his love for IPL?

    “You do play all your tournaments, which is one team versus another, ICC tournaments come every now and then, but even in ICC tournaments, you don’t really interact with the other team players or you see the other teams so often every now and then,” Kohli said.

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  • If you could be an ice cream flavor, which one would you be and why?

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  • How do you feel when you see that an animated character is named after you in the show Super V?

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  • Who is your real-life superhero?

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  • How excited is your family after seeing the promo of the show, Super V?

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  • After watching super V, the show, kids will now have your fan following. How do you react to that?

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  • Which superhero's costume would you like to wear?

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  • In your childhood, who was your superhero?

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  • According to you, how important it is to play in childhood?

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  • How will the character in Super V be inspiring and entertaining for the kids?

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  • How do you think your father's passing away affected you?

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  • What were you doing when your father had this cardiac arrest?

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  • Tell us something about your association with the movie, Super V, the show.

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  • Tell us about unexpected death of your father?

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  • Were your childhood was like Super V, the teenage superhero? Do you miss it?

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  • Any Diwali moments? Is it like a festival that always excited you?

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  • What is the spiritual mantra you follow to balance everything in life?

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  • Name a sport person's name whose has inspired you?

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  • What is the best business advice you have ever received?

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  • Any recent technology or apps you are interested in?

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  • Do you get inspired by any sportsman who has also done well in business?

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  • Tell us abut your various business interest

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  • Which is the city that you are fond of because of it's food?

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  • Any particular city you enjoy the more than the others because of its food?

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  • Any restaurant or food you have been addicted to?

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  • Do ou cook yourself?

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  • What is your diet ?

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  • How does vegetarian food help you ?

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  • What do you eat now?

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  • What kind of food did you grow up on?

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  • Are you a foodie?

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  • What next for you?

    : A cricketer once is always a cricketer and as long as we live we will be associated with the game in some form or the other.

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  • Any regrets as the chief of selection panel and about your selections?

    : I know that World Cup 2019 semi-final loss was a big one especially the way we played that tournament right through until the semi-final. But I also feel that we could have won the Test series in South Africa and England which were well within our reach. I always feel bad as we could not give Karun Nair more opportunities. After that triple hundred (against England) he didn’t do well in the remaining Tests that he played. Later he lost form in domestic cricket too. As a kid he is very very committed and dedicated and wonderful human being. I am sure he will sort out his shortcomings and come back stronger.

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  • How do you rate Virat Kohli’s captaincy?

    I personally feel that he has been phenomenal with his captaincy. He gives 200% effort on the field both as a player and as a captain and he expects the same from his teammates.

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  • What was more tougher, playing or selection role?

    Playing for yourselves is all about you. How you fix your goals, how you plan and how you work hard to achieve your goals is all about you. Whereas when you are a selector you will have to plan things in the best interest of the country. Every move you make impacts the emotions of billions of fans. Hence you must be utmost careful while discharging your duties. You should always pick the best players with the best interest of the country, and then only you will get best results.

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  • How did you deal with criticism?

    : Criticism is a part and parcel of the post that you are holding. Especially in our country where cricket is our common religion, everyone has the right to express their opinions. But when criticism is constructive we have taken it in right earnest but when it is destructive we have ignored it.

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  • Should age be the criteria for Indian team selection or only form?

    Generally for a newcomer we look at his performances along with age because as selectors we think that the kid should go on to serve the country for a long time. With regards to seniors we look at the form that he is in.

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  • Do you think KL Rahul can become a good wicketkeeper for India in limited overs formats?

    : I am very much impressed with the way KL Rahul has transformed into a decent wicketkeeper. He had been keeping wickets for Karnataka in the last couple of seasons. Last year he kept brilliantly for Karnataka in the shorter formats. Probably this has really helped his transformation into the new role as wicketkeeper-batsman for the Indian team smoothly. Hats off to him the way he handled both wicketkeeping and batting departments in New Zealand. I wish to see him getting a few more opportunities in that role. The emergence of KL Rahul as a decent wicketkeeper has added a healthy competition to that slot now in the shorter formats

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  • What do you think lies ahead for MS Dhoni. Can he make a comeback to the Indian team?

    : MSD took a break after the World Cup (2019) and served in the Indian Army. Later, he extended the break. Subsequently he wanted to play the IPL. Unfortunately due to the (coronavirus) pandemic that is going on we are not sure where we are in terms of hosting IPL 2020. Ideally we all want it to happen as soon as the pandemic settles down for good.

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  • Asianet Newsable: What do you think is your biggest achievement as the chairman of the BCCI selection committee?

    : Taking Indian cricket to no.1 spot in the ICC rankings across all formats during our tenure, winning the Test series in Australia after 71 years, developing a good bench strength in all the departments of the game and also establishing a good structure of constant supply of players through India A has been the biggest achievement of me and my colleagues in the last four years.

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  • How often you are in the gym now, What are the workout tell?

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  • How did it impact hitting the ball further?

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  • How did it impact hitting the ball further?

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  • Training, why did your trainer make you lift with only lift a stick basically for a month or a half?

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  • Training, why did your trainer make you lift with only lift a stick basically for a month or a half?

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  • Training, why did your trainer make you lift with only lift a stick basically for a month or a half?

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  • How did it change you?

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  • How did you go about changing your diet?

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  • What you think you started believing in yourself more around than?

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  • Around 2011 you said you want to be among the best player in the world & do lot of things explain that?

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  • Tell us about there was a period you cut out all the distraction for a year & half?

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  • Tell us about there was a period you cut out all the distraction for a year & half?

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  • How bad was eating & training?

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  • Do you find scope of improvement On breaking batting records. ?

    "I just hate losing, I hate losing in anything. That is how a sportsman is made up. No one fine with failing. The most important thing for anything that I do on the field is...I don't want to walk out and say maybe I could have done this. I don't want to have maybes and what-ifs. When I step out on the field, it is a privilege, an honour for me. When I walk out I want to have zero energy left because that is what I am supposed to do. That is why I am selected. However, hard I worked for age-group cricket, this has to be a constant 10 times hard working process on a daily basis because I am representing my country. And there could not be a bigger honour for me. So I understand the importance of where I come from and the opportunity I have. I don't want to leave any stone unturned. I hate having the feeling of maybe I could have gone for that catch, maybe I could have pushed an extra yard for an extra run. I want to avoid that feeling and that's why I go along with my work in a crazy manner."

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  • How do you take the defeat of India Vs New Zealand World Cup Semi-Finals ?

    "It is not easy. If you ask me, do I get affected by failure? Yes, I do. Everyone does. I am human at the end of the day. It is difficult to process failure at such a big stage. But also you have to understand that I totally believe in the fact that what's meant for you will happen. "Success and failure is part of everything that we do in life, whether it is sport or daily life, it is the truth of life and you need to be able to accept both with grace. That's the thing I have learned. You can't say I am the king of the world when you succeed or we are invincible now and when you fail you beat yourself down so much that you can't wake up again."

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  • How being vegan helped you maintain your fitness ?

    "Look for the last year and a half I have been vegetarian. Before that, I was consuming meat which was working well for me. In a phase, it worked really well for me. I think from 2016 January to about the end of the IPL. Before we started playing Test cricket, we only had 5-6 months of T20 cricket so I was just doing lifting and I was eating a lot of red meat, you know consuming a lot of meat. So I became a very explosive athlete and I was able to play the power game really well but then Test matches came along. I had to put on a bit more fat, consume more carbohydrates. I think having Basu sir around was the biggest help for me. Like he would understand my body precisely the way I do and he would tell me what to eat when. How to train and how not to train. When to take rest, what to do while resting, how to recover. And I just followed everything to the tea. I would just listen to him and then I started understanding it myself. So he would tell me you know what you need to do and I would come back fresh when I took a break because I understood it myself. I wanted to learn. It was similar to batting you know when you go out there and play, you get a hundred, it's not by chance. You need to understand from ball one to ninety or hundred how many balls you play or Test matches you play a lot more. What were you doing for all those deliveries, so you can repeat it that's consistency."

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  • How did Shankar Basu help you with your fitness ?

    "I started working on myself from 2012, midway after the IPL. About 2013 is the time that I became too lean. 2014 I continued like that. Then 2015 onwards Mr. Shankar Basu was the Indian team trainer and worked in RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) as well. He introduced me to Olympic lifting and speed strength and power endurance and these kinds of things and I had never experienced that before. because I trusted him, he had worked with me for 8 years, he said trust me just give this a go and you will see wonders happening with your body. I said OK. I trusted him. I did this for three weeks and my body just responded in a way that I never felt like you know myself ever again, like the slower self. I felt like someone has put high octane fuel in my body and I was just flying and from then on it became an obsession." "If I am leading and if I want my teammates to put in efforts, I should be there all day, doing that first, you know before asking someone else to do it. So everything came together so wonderfully for me. My own thing came my mindset, the fitness change, the boost through Mr. Basu our trainer. The whole thing came along so well together and I think 2016 is when I really hit my fitness peak and from then on I have just maintained for the last 3-4 years."

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  • Whats your take on Farokh Engineer's controversy with Anushka ?

    "She came for 1 World Cup game against Sri Lanka and the family box and the selector box was different, and there was no selector in that box. She came for 1 game with two friends. As I said, she is known, she's been successful at a very high level so when people take her name, it gets noticed. You want to mention something about the selectors do that, but why join her name with it. We are not people who would go out and start these debates but you have to put the truth out there - the way things actually are and the way they are perceived and accepted are very different. So you need to put across what is happening because you are in those situations yourself,"

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  • What attracted Virat Kohli to Anushka Sharma?

    "Firstly the most comforting thing was knowing that we come similar backgrounds and we laughed on things that only both of us understood. Because those are the kind of things, you know when you come from a middle-class background, these are the kind of scenarios you have seen growing up. There was a lot of comfort factor immediately. The thing that was fascinating for me the most was how relaxed and how chilled out she was for who she already was at that stage. You know how welcoming and comforting she was and how was approachable she was. Immediately we just really became friendly. I was the one probably fooling around all the time and some of the jokes were really silly but that's how I am. I love having a good time, you know having a good laugh. And she would really find a lot of things funny as well. We got talking from thereon. I am really glad that shampoo commercial happened."

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  • How Anushka takes out time from her busy schedule to support you ?

    "She is someone who has always maintained her integrity, always been a person who does the right thing. When it comes to our relationship, her taking time to come and see me or me taking time to go and see her, it's understanding. It’s not an effort for either of us. She understands when she comes on tour. So much has been said about her and so much comes out about her. You have to understand that she is someone who has achieved success at a very high level. She was a superstar even when we met. When these things come out of protocols not being followed and rules being broken, it is not in her nature to do something like that because she understands my profession and I understand her profession. Either of us doesn’t interfere in it. The value system that she has and her beliefs and the nature she has, it won’t allow her to go against rules and protocols. So I don’t know why people have wanted to sensationalize stories by taking her name because she’s a soft target. We both had been ignoring it for a while."

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  • How do you see yourself being " Virat Kohli " ?

    "I think from 2015 onwards my career also grew and social media was growing simultaneously. So what happened was it became very drastic. In the last 3 years, it’s been surprising for me as well. You don’t realize on a daily basis how confined your life starts becoming. That’s why you want to be in your space more and more because the moment you step out of that space you probably have to interact with a hundred people. It gets difficult accepting and understanding that transition because in my heart I’m still that guy who came from West Delhi and made his way up, so is Anushka, we are both very similar from where we came from. So it’s very difficult for us to understand that transition all the time that’s why we like being in our own space most of the time."

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  • How do you like the idea of playing cricket on empty stadiums ?

    “It’s quite a possible situation, it might happen, I honestly don’t know how everyone is going to take that because we all are used to playing in front of so many passionate fans. “I know it will be played at a very good intensity but that feeling of the crowd connecting with the players and the tension of the game where everyone goes through it in the stadium, those emotions are very difficult to recreate.

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  • If God had asked you to name one dream which will be fulfilled?

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  • Who is your favorite sports person?

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  • What is your favorite Anushka Sharma movie?

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  • What is the issue about Ravi Shastri?

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  • How do you challenge yourself now and motivate your self to do better?

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  • What do you think about Indian pace attack?

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  • How do you rate the team you have right now?

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  • How did you feel when you got out in the world cup semifinal?

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  • How do you propose Anushka?

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  • How do you deal with failure?

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  • What is your concept of cheat day and how you're going to achieve your fitness goal?

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  • What kind of diet you are following right now?

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  • How do you keep yourself so fit?

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  • What attracked Virat Kohli to Anushka Sharma?

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  • Is Anushka nervous when you bat?

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  • Do you feel responsible for the kind the bad treatment Anushka is getting from media and some section of people?

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  • What is your reaction on rumors of Anushka getting special treatment from the selector of India cricket team?

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  • How do you deal with social media trolls

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  • How Anushka manages to travel with you as she is also a very busy in her career?

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  • What do you and Anushka do in your leisure time?

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  • How is it being Virat Kohli?

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  • When you meet the first time with Anushka Sharma?

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  • How are you spending time with Anushka in this lockdown?

    We have never been at one place for so long. It’s bizarre. It’s not a good thing to single out something like this as an opportunity to spend together. But it’s what it is. We are being cautious and staying positive. If not for this, I’d be hanging out with you at Chinnaswamy stadium.

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  • What are your thoughts on COVID-19 situation in India?

     Our response has been good. Apart from a few people, you must have seen the video, who do not respect the guidelines. I don’t know how it can happen. I hope people get sense into them and follow the guidelines. There needs to be unity in dealing with this issue.I knew I still needed to train if this goes on for longer. So I still have my Olympic bar, I still continue to work out.

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  • What are your thoughts on playing too much cricket?

    I take breaks, last 2-3 seasons, I took a break. Did not want to miss Test cricket, there was T20s which had no significance. 3 formats for nine years, along with captaincy for 6 years. It is not easy, for next 2 -3 years till the next World Cup, will give it all, then figure out which format suits me and all that.

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  • Which is your favourite form of Cricket?

    Test cricket for me is a representation of life. Playing Test cricket has made me a better person.

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  • You have a huge fan following. How does it feel?

    Fandom comes with responsibility. I see a lot of backing and fun with love from fans. I am glad that people are able to show the fans on social media at times when others are not being able to. People push you to do better. Without fans, you would not getting motivation to do this everyday. Respect for all the fans, hats off to them.

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  • Who is your favourite batting partner?

    Two people I have enjoyed most batting with, well I like to bat with people who run well and understand my calling. So with MS Dhoni for India and with AB de Villiers otherwise. With AB the partnership just flows. We don’t even talk cricket.

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  • What was your lowest point in career?

    The England tour in 2014. There is a time as a batsman when you know you will fail and you will not get runs. I used to wake up and know I would fail. It was the worst I have ever felt. It was tough. I promised myself that I will never allow me to let that happen to myself. It happened because I was so consumed about doing well from a personal point of view. I just felt I was in England and this was Test cricket and if I score runs here then I will establish myself. I was consumed by all that crap and that led to my downward spiral.

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  • Which was your most fun innings?

    I scored a century against KXIP in a match that was for 12 or 14 overs. I was hitting it so well. I just went on. I never felt like that before. I felt like I would never get out. That was fun.

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  • Are you vegetarian?

    Left eating meat just before the 2018 England Test series. When we went to South Africa in 2018, I got a cervical spine issue. Gave me a tingling sensation, hurting like mad. Could not sleep at night. My body was too acidic, creating too much uric acid. Bones got weaker, hence, stopped eating meat in the middle of England tour, have not felt better before. Never felt better waking up, never felt better recovering between Test matches.being vegetarian has completely changed. You feel lighter,your body changes.

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  • What do you think is the biggest issue for India travelling abroad?

    Now travelling abroad and playing at home is more or less same. You travel so much. It is not about alien conditions anymore. It is about managing the mental pressure.

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  • Why has RCB not won an IPL title?

    Big players in the team, there will be attention on the team. With big players, we will always be in the focus. We have reached 3 finals, not won, but then, those things are irrelevant, until you win the title. Even with the best team, we have not win. There is a team goal, we deserve to win the title.I think the more you try to do something, it tends to move away from you. I think we need to get the joy back into the team and not try and look to set goals.

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  • How did you get the nickname Chiku?

    I got this nickname from a coach in the Ranji Trophy. I used to have big cheeks then. In 2007 I thought I was losing hair. I got my hair cropped and my cheeks and ear stood out. I got the name from a cartoon character. The rabbit in the comic Champak.

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  • What are you missing most about being footloose?

    I am not missing much. My brother called me from our house in Gurugram. He is using the gym for the first time. I told him welcome to our life.

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  • Maybe because you’re both players you don’t want to admit this makes a difference. These days, the media has become a very big power. The media also puts a lot of pressure. In a single day, it makes you a hero. In a single day, if Dhoni smashes some fours or sixes then they praise him and the very next day they criticise him. Do you think the media puts too much pressure on the media or do you think the players are capable enough to deal with this, and it makes no difference to them.

    According to me, there’s a lot of pressure from the media, no matter how big the player is. A lot of pressure was even put on Sachin by the media. I think no matter how big a player is, if the media puts a lot of pressure, then it impacts a player’s psyche.

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  • ome way or the other it will make a difference if in your free time, instead of concentrating on the game you are modelling, doing ads, earning money. Each player is associated with upto 30 brands. That must have an impact on their game.

    I don’t think it affects the game. If you’re not performing, then these things come up. But if you keep winning, no one’s going to talk about the endorsements.

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  • Just when the team was supposed to leave and Pathan had been named in the squad, Vengsarkar said that if Pathan doesn’t perform well in a certain match, then he won’t go to West Indies. Don’t you think such a thing has an impact on the player?

    It does have an impact because once your name has been announced, the cricketer has to make up his mindset. And if the very next moment you’re told that your spot isn’t sure, then it makes a lot of impact.

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  • Dilip Vengsarkar said that it was on Dravid’s insistence that Sehwag was picked for the World Cup team. Once the team has left, do you think such a statement by the chief selector could have an effect on the team’s or Sehwag’s morale?

    Yes, such a thing should not have been disclosed on TV. This will affect Sehwag’s morale because his performance was anyway a bit down and after this statement was put out, his confidence could have become lower.

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  • India is still not able to produce all-rounders. Pathan was there, but he wasn’t able to make a mark the way all-rounders like Jacques Kallis have. Pathan is still struggling. Sometimes he bowls well but doesn’t bat well. Other times he bats well, but doesn’t bowl well. Do you think if India has more all-rounders or if players in the team including Tendulkar, Sehwag or Sourav Ganguly could make a big difference by producing an all-round performance.

    If you see, Sachin, Sehwag and Yuvraj can all bowl 5-6 overs in every match. So, if they concentrate on their bowling, they could become good all-rounders.

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  • Why do you think India doesn’t have the power to field five bowlers? We always see that India plays an extra batsman. On paper, we see that India has batsman who can destroy the bowling attack of any other country. Despite that, India field one extra batsman. What do you think the reason for that is?

    If you’ve seen in the past, India has not been able to defend well. Even if they field five bowlers, they don’t have the capability to defend a big score. India’s batting is their strength, and I think they can chase any score.

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  • Virat I’d like to ask you... Virender Sehwag last scored a century on 2 April 2005. That’s about two years ago. In that case, do you think taking him for a big tournament like the World Cup makes sense? They’re taking a player like Uthappa, they have two openers, they have Ganguly and Tendulkar. All four players who can open. In that case, then is it right to take Sehwag as well?

    I think it’s okay on Dravid’s part. World Cup is a big tournament where you need experience, and can’t count on youth as much. According to me, it’s the right decision because Sehwag has a lot of experience and has scored a lot of runs for India.

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  • Do you think the Indian team is balanced if we look at the batting and bowling?

    The Indian team is balanced. They’ve picked a team keeping both bowling and batting in mind. What will matter is how they gel-up on the field, and how they perform as a unit.

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  • Relationship with ABD and Chris Gayle

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  • How to hit a cover drive?

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  • What are your thoughts on the West Indies series that is coming up next?

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  • What was the turning point of your semi final game against New Zealand?

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  • क्या One8Select के लिए कोई स्टैंडअलोन स्टोर होगा?

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  • Playing against which team is the most challenging according to you?

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  • क्या कोई व्यक्तिगत रिकॉर्ड है जिसे आप प्राप्त करने का सपना देखते हैं?

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  • आप आपने आक्रामकता को कैसे कम किया?

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  • एक क्रिकेटर के रूप में आपके शुरुआती दिनों में वह कौन सी गलती है जिसके लिए आपको खेद है?

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  • क्या कोई ऐसा गेंदबाज है जिसे आपको लगता है कि उनके सामना करना मुश्किल है?

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  • सचिन तेंदुलकर के साथ खेलकर आपने क्या सीखा?

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  • जब आप अवकाश ग्रहण करेंगे, तब क्रिकेट की दुनिया में किस तरह की छाप छोड़ना चाहते हैं?

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  • क्या व्यक्तिगत रिकॉर्ड का आपके लिए कोई मतलब है?

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  • आप मैदान पर खुरदरे पैच को कैसे संभालते हैं?

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  • 2011 विश्व कप के अपने अनुभव के बारे में बताएं

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  • सोशल मीडिया से आपका क्या रिश्ता है?

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  • अनुष्का शर्मा ने आपको अपने करियर में और एक व्यक्ति के रूप में कैसे आकार दिया है?

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  • भारतीय ड्रेसिंग रूम में मनोरंजन करने वाले कौन हैं?

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  • पूर्व भारतीय गेंदबाज जहीर खान ने कहा है कि आपको लगता है कि आपके पास बहुत ही भ्रामक गेंदबाजी एक्शन है। क्या आप उसी के बारे में बात कर सकते हैं?

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  • आपके द्वारा पालन किए जाने वाले आहार के बारे में बहुत कुछ कहा गया है। क्या आप उसी के बारे में बात कर सकते हैं?

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  • आप क्या खाते हैं और आप कैसे ट्रेन करते हैं, इसके बारे में आप बहुत जोश में हैं। क्या आप उसी के बारे में बात कर सकते हैं?

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  • क्रिकेट में एक सेकंड का महत्व क्या है?

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  • जब आप भारतीय ड्रेसिंग रूम में गए और क्रिकेट के भगवान सचिन तेंदुलकर से मिले तो आपकी पहली प्रतिक्रिया क्या थी?

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  • What is the one style tip that you would give to your fans?

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  • You are becoming a quick fashion icon for the youth. What is your personal style statement?

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  • आपके अनुसार कौन सी टीम सबसे चुनौतीपूर्ण है?

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  • What was the toughest time in your life?

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  • Would you relish the opportunity to play in the 70s or 80s?

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  • Does achieving several individual accolades and captaining the side in all three format of the game satisfy you?

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  • How do you deal with unfair criticism?

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  • What would you consider to be your breakthrough year?

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  • What kind of imprint do you want to leave on the cricket world when you retire?

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  • What have you learned from playing with Sachin Tendulkar?

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  • Are there any bowlers that you feel are tricky to face?

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  • How do you keep yourself grounded given your huge fan following?

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  • What is one mistake in your early days as a cricketer which you regret?

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  • आप आपने आक्रामकता को कैसे कम किया?

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  • Are there any individual records that you dream of achieving?

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  • How do you integrate youngsters in the team?

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  • How important is early preparation for the 2019 World Cup?

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  • How did you deal with your marriage becoming the focal point of the country?

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  • How much has the dressing room atmosphere changed ever since your debut with the national team?

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  • Do individual records mean anything to you?

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  • Has Anuskha affected your professional life in any manner?

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  • What is your motivation to keep performing at such a high level?

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  • How do you deal with trolls on social media?

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  • What are the changes you would like to implement on yourself on a personal level?

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  • Does the popularity of T20s make you concerned for Test match cricket?

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  • How has the constant media attention affected your personal life?

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  • How does it feel to be compared to a living legend like Sachin Tendulkar?

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  • What kind of training do you go through to build up the stamina to withstand long sessions on the crease?

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  • Did you ever get disheartened when things weren’t so good at the beginning of your international career?

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  • What was your toughest time in cricket?

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  • What has sports taught you?

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  • How do you handle a rough patch on the field?

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  • You were in the midst of a storm during the Australia tour. Can you explain what happened?How did cricket as a sport evolve so much in the country?

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  • You have a huge fan following in India. Can you narrate any particular incident which comes to mind?

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  • Does it help in dealing with the relentless pressure and scrutiny that your wife Anushka Sharma understands what it’s like to be in the public eye?

    That was one of the reasons why we got along so well, to be able to understand each other’s mindset and the demands of being in such a position. And also the fact that we are so similar in terms of the backgrounds we have. People do not understand us at all. They think we live a fairytale life and things are only of royal standards, but in reality, we are really normal people. We are in the public eye so it seems too far-fetched for the public to connect with, but we lead a very simple life at home. And that’s how we like to live. We do something that is in the public eye but we never chose to be recognized in this way.

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  • What are the memories of your first day in the Indian dressing room?

    I clearly remember sitting with my mom and watching the news on the day of the selection meeting. My name just flashed on the TV but I thought they might just be spreading a rumour or something like that. Then five minutes later, I got a call from the Board that I had been selected. I got goosebumps. I was shaking. It was a very special day. I clearly remember walking into the team meeting. I was asked to give a speech in the team room. It was nerve-wracking for me with so many great Indian players there. They were looking at me. Which we now do to younger guys to intimidate them, make them nervous (smiles). These are my first memories.

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  • What made you take up physical fitness seriously?

    My reason was totally different. It had to do with playing at a certain level in the professional sport. I realised in the process that when I started getting fitter, I started thinking better. I had more confidence, clarity, focus and determination. And I started feeling that inside me as soon as I changed my physical regime. That’s when I began to think that everybody should be doing this. Getting fitter makes you confident overall. It makes you feel good about yourself. You need to feel good to have good thoughts. And then came about this idea of pushing people towards fitness to make them understand why this is so important.

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  • How do you cope up with all the attention you receive in India?

    When England came to India last, Alastair [Cook] asked me the same. Even players who’ve toured many times, it still amazes them how much passion and attention people have towards cricket in India. I said, ‘You just get used to it’. There is literally no other option. You cannot avoid it. I don’t try and fight it anymore. I’ve tried to do that in the past, where I wanted people to understand to an extent what an individual wants in terms of space and just to be able to have a normal life… for a bit! But that is very, very difficult to expect when you have so many people wanting to see you or meet you or are inspired by you. So I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s just something you have to accept.

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  • You play so much cricket, rarely missing matches and captaining India in all three formats. Psychologically, how do you stay on top of things and balance that with other aspects of your life?

    I think there’s no limit to what you can do, as long as you’re happy doing it. I don’t believe that if you are busy in life in general that your sport is going to get compromised. A 24-hour day is a long time to be able to do things. Spending time at home is something we really look forward to, then my sport is my priority as well, but apart from that, I do a lot of commercials, a lot of businesses as well, which I’m actively involved in. It gives me a sense of working towards something all the time. I don’t feel the burden at all, to be honest. I love having the opportunity to be so busy in life.

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  • What is the secret of your success?

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  • How has Anushka Sharma shaped you in your career and as a person?

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  • What is your relationship with social media?

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  • Which are the most lethal bowlers you have faced in your career?

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  • Talk us through your experience of the 2011 World Cup.

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  • What was your first reaction when you went to the Indian dressing room and met The God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar?

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  • How is it like to have someone like MS Dhoni still in the team while you are captaining the Indian side?

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  • Who have you enjoyed batting with the most?

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  • What were the factors that contributed to India’s win in the Champions Trophy 2013?

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  • What is the importance of a single second in cricket?

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  • You are very zealous about what you eat and how you train. Please talk about the same

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  • A lot has been said about the diet you follow. Can you talk about the same ?

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  • Former Indian bowler Zaheer Khan has said you think you have a very deceptive bowling action. Can you talk about the same?

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  • Who are the entertainers in the Indian dressing room who keeps things lively?

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