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Your Fitness mantra
The great trainers I train with, have taught me the mantras that I wouldn't forget.
When did you start playing and do you remember why you started?
I remember that, when I was 7, I got so furious for not bowling out my uncle even though he was standing behind the wickets to bat. It all started there. I have been going for training from when I was 10.
Any pre-match, post-match rituals you follow
Few sentiments during the match.
1. Before the start, I receive the ball, first from the umpire.
2. I mark my run-up, and then keep the marker to the right of the line I've marked.
3. I stand in between the keeper and captain during the huddle.
One match you are very proud of
I'm very proud of the last Vijay Hazare finals which we won. That match is definitely an unforgettable one.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
It is everything I work for. So the day it happens, I know it would be the result of sheer hard work and I would be the happiest person in the world!
If you had to switch sport
Sprinter. I love running fast, and I'm pretty good at it. And I'm a huge fan of Usain Bolt.
What would be your ultimate achievement?
To become the best fast bowler in the world.
How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?
The words, "He is a legend" should come out of everyone's mouth when they discuss me!
Is sports a natural talent or a skill that is developed?
It is a skill that is developed relative to the interest and hard work put in by the person.
Perk of being an athlete
You are always confident and positive. It reflects even when you are out of the field!
Your first match for India
I literally had goosebumps when I wore the Indian Jersey. I just wanted to give my best effort and win it for the team. I wasn't tensed while playing because I knew whatever the level of the game had to be, I would be selected, because I had the skill to play for that team. Success and failure is the end part of the process. If the process is good, the result is more probable to be on the positive side.
Who has the greatest influence in your life
I observe and listen a lot, so I keep taking things or at least observe from everyone I meet. But my primary influences are my Dad and my uncle. My dad is an example of how it is possible to reach the greatest of heights from nowhere. Even now I hear his experience as a poor child in a village in Tharuvaikulam (Tuticorin), and how he progressed. He became the captain of Tamil Nadu team in volleyball which won the national championships, and he went on to play for India. He is a real hero.
My uncle was the one who taught me history, general knowledge, science, rational thinking, etc. I could discuss any topic with him. He had so much in his system.
What are the most common road blocks for an athlete?
Fear, and negative attitude, to name a few, as their hindrance can stop you at the very first stage of attempting your game.
Your dream car?
Sports car, Bugatti Veyron. I mean, who wouldn't want to own one of those.
One of my goals that I work for everyday, is to just get better and perform well for all the seasons! Another goal of mine is to become the best fast bowler in the world.
Which is the one place you really want to travel to?
I would go touring all the places in Europe.
What was the last book you read?
'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', which is a psychological thriller novel. It's a page-turner novel!
Your first encounter with a celebrity athlete
It was Rahul Dravid at the NCA. I was so happy and excited, that I couldn't take my eyes off him!
One message to your opponents
Be ready to put up your fight. It is not over till it's over.
Your biggest achievements so far
1.Representing India in the emerging cup at Bangladesh.
2. My 6 wicket haul against Karnataka in the quarterfinals of the last Ranji season.
3. Highest wicket taker in the last Vijay Hazare Trophy with 20 wickets
Olympic Gold or World Cup?
World Cup, because I'm a cricketer. Olympic gold is also priceless. But I think, World cup is more valuable than a single Olympic gold.