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Siddharth Sankar hailing from Mayiladuthurai aspires to be a man who chose to follow his dreams. He sticks on the idea that if one is so passionate to achieve something, they would definitely succeed in their life. The momentous occasion in his life was when he represented the district team and bagged Inter-District Championship.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
To represent Indian means everything to me. No words can describe the feeling. To represent your own country would in a way be a great responsibility to uplift your country’s name in the presence of other Countries.
How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?
As a man who chose to follow and succeed in his dreams. If we truly believe in our dreams we can push it to our life and to be happy for what I always wished for.
Perks of being an athlete
You get so much of respect and popularity. Also, it instills self-confidence and gives you the courage to chase your dreams and never quit even when things go wrong.
What Motivates you to succeed?
My desire to play for India is what motivates me every day. I want to make my country proud. To see the Indian flag flying high is the best moment that an athlete can wish for.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
The best advice that I have received in my life is that. Life is a circle, whatever goes around, comes around. Whatever we do it would indirectly come back to us.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be?
MS Dhoni. I will continue doing the same thing that he does so well - winning matches for India. He is that one person everyone would always admire. His hard work paved way for his success.
One habit that you want to break or you have broken?
I was overweight and I wanted to control my diet and do training regularly. Something that I am doing recently. As an athlete, I will have to maintain my physique so that’s very important.
What drives you go for training every day?
The desire to wear Indian jersey drives me more to the field. The desire to grab the Indian jersey is something that all athletes would wish for in their life and the need to see Indian flag flying high because of your victory.
Any rituals you follow
The pre-match ritual that I follow is that I listen to specific songs to boost up my confidence and my mind so that I am all set to play. This would help to reveal all kinds of stress and makes my mind more peaceful. My Post - match ritual that I follow is taking a long shower to brush off the outcome of the match.
One match that you are very proud of
I was very privileged to represent in my district team and we bagged the Inter-District Championship. That moment was something that I will always cherish.
If you could get a tattoo, what would it be?
Already I have two. One denotes my passion for travelling and reminds me to explore the world further. Another one is for my family.
Best sports movie ever
The miracle. The movie clearly shows how the player has turned to coach and led the 1980 U.S Olympic Hockey team.
My short-term goal is to represent Tamil Nadu in Ranji trophy and my long-term goal is to play for India.
What’s on your bucket list?
“It is never too early to follow your dreams”
What is the scariest experience you have ever had?
I once got caught in a nasty cyclone in Vizag. That is the scariest experience I ever had.
One super power you wish you had?
I wish I had the powers to become invisible and move around. I wish I can tell you how I would use it. Let that be a secret. Power to become invisible.
Who do you think is the greatest Indian athlete of all time?
Greatest and the favorite athlete is M.S Dhoni. Through his life it is all crystal clear that so many hurdles can come across your life. If you tackle each and every problem with all your hard work you would definitely strive for what you wished for.
Your biggest inspiration
My father. He stood beside me for each and everything. Even when I went through so much of troubles. When I was about to give up, he always showed the right way and that’s how I stand here.