He describes Hardik Pandya as the most lost guy he’s ever met. “Usually, Punjabi songs are played in the dressing room. My iPod has mostly Punjabi songs and a few Hindi romantic numbers. But Hardik carries his own iPod and listens to English songs. He doesn’t know even five words of the songs, but he grooves to the beats. We get irritated with his songs! He has got a great heart, but he will say just anything. He once referred to Ravichandran Ashwin as Ravikashyap Ashwin.”
The fuss about Rohit Sharma, he said, “There was a time when Rohit Sharma was the most-talked-about player.
We were young players as easily and would wonder why people didn’t speak around us. Then I saw him batting during the T20 World Cup and never said a word after that. Rohit is the most forgetful person. He’s misplaced his iPad and passport quite a few times. Now, our logistical manager, texts us to make sure Rohit has everything, only then the bus moves.”
“Talking about a teammate, Shikhar once told me, ‘This boy is always trying to get into the notebooks.’ What he meant was good books. I told him, ‘looks like you didn’t touch one notebook in school’.”
Further he says, “I have woken up feeling a sense of detachment from what I am doing due to the pressures I felt during a difficult phase. But I convinced myself to go out and try once more. The day that ends, nobody can convince you. Now, the motivation is just about winning. The day there is no passion, I’ll stop playing.
They deemed me as flamboyant and flashy. I was checking Instagram during one of the matches and Anushka said ‘Why do you want to see what people are saying about you? You can post things. But you don’t have to see the comments.’ I have now decided to stay away from social media.
Anushka has taught me a lot over the last four years including how to be poised and how to utilise my position.
I confided in Zaheer Khan and he told me not to hide the relationship. Because it was stressful to hide it and also because it wasn’t a crime. However, Anushka and I are still not very vocal about it. We don’t even converse on social media.”