I want Gayle’s physique: Tiwary

RCB batsman lists out qualities he wants to emulate from his famous teammates

Chennai 12 April 2012
His sensational hitting for the Mumbai Indians and long tresses a la Mahendra Singh Dhoni made him a household name during IPL 2010. They also earned him a USD 1.6 million contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2011 IPL Player Auction.

But what goes up comes down. Saurabh Tiwary has been feeling the bitter taste of that reality since quite some time now. The drought of runs in IPL 2011 has still not ended for this young man as he continues to struggle for runs this season as well.

Thanks to RCB’s power-packed batting line-up, Tiwary’s failure with the bat has slipped under the radar. You ask him about his lack of runs, and Tiwary says with a sheepish grin, “Bhagwan kare runs jaldi aane lage [I pray to God that I start scoring runs soon].”

With international batting stars occupying the top-order, there’s not much space left for Tiwary to display his ball-thwacking prowess. He rightly brings up that point while trying his best not to make it sound like an excuse. “I think I am batting way down the order and this could be one reason,” he says before quickly adding, “The management knows better about the batting order, and whichever position they send me in, I just try to perform and give my best.”

However, Tiwary is not complaining for having the likes of Chris Gayle, Ab de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan around in the dressing room. The Jharkhand lad says he keeps picking the brains of these players in the nets and has a list of things he wants to imbibe from each of them. He shared some of them with in a short chat.

Chris Gayle

“I’d like to have Gayle’s body. He’s so powerful. It’s very difficult to bat like him. He’s a great batsman and one of the game’s legends in his own right. I always try to keep learning something or the other from him.”

AB de Villiers

“He’s an extremely fit cricketer and a brilliant fielder. I’d love to imbibe his fitness and want to field like him.”

Tillakaratne Dilshan

“His approach to the game is very positive, whether it is batting, bowling or fielding. I love that about him.”

Tiwary ends the interview by paying one of the most glowing compliments to his former U-19 India captain, Virat Kohli. “He possesses everything that I mentioned above, and that is the reason he is playing for India,” he says.

Tiwary was a crucial part of India’s U-19 team, which was led to the World Cup glory in 2008 by Virat. The relationship between these two players has remained special and Tiwary says he shares a very good rapport with his “batch-mate”.
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