Answer: For the past four years, I have followed a schedule that has benefited me immensely. The day after the match I take a day off. I practice two days before the match. A day ago, I didn’t even talk about cricket. I spend time only with my wife. Whether I am playing well or not, my wife always supports me. He has put a word in my mind that I have to be like before.
Question: At what point do you decide which shot to play when the bowler is in the run-up?
Answer: The number I bat at allows me to see all the bowlers and helps me plan when I sit in the dugout. When I go into the field, only plans have to be carved. I sleep the day after the match after watching videos of the opposing bowlers. And think how I’ll play.
Question: Your first century at Motera, a century in Nottingham, a half century in St Kitts, or a half century in Jaipur vs New Zealand. Which innings is more special to you?
Answer: The debut in Motera will always be a favorite for me. Because we won that match too. The recent innings against the West Indies in St. Kitts as well as the innings against New Zealand in Jaipur last year are also close to my heart because we won all the matches. If we had also won in Nottingham that match would have been my favourite.
Question: What is your favorite with the bat? How much do you weigh? Do you change between shifts?
Answer: I don’t like changing bats during an innings. There is no fixed bat. That I play with. I am not the type of player who will get out with the bat who scored a 50 or a century in the last match. I only have three or four bats, because I don’t want to get confused. My bat weighs 1.5-1.6 kg. I have played a lot of street cricket with rubber balls on the cement road in my colony. Bowlers used to take bites. He used to throw the ball fast. One side of the boundary was 90-95 meters and the other 45 meters. All those scoops, upper cuts, flicks were learned by looking at the ground measurements there. I never practiced those shots in front of the bowling machine. It’s all in my muscle memory.
Question: The T20 World Cup is to be held on the bouncy pitch of Australia. Any special shots or special training for a tournament?
Answer: This will be my first tour to Australia, but I have spoken to Rohit a lot, especially after the England series. I am learning a lot about pitch and ball behavior. I enjoy playing on the fast track. I feel my game suits fast and bouncy wickets. The challenge will be the size of the field. We need to be smart there. I am preparing accordingly and trying to hit more shots in front of the wicket. Hopefully I can get them into the game.