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Rohit Sharma is a prominent member of the young batting brigade of India. His vast repertoire of shots and lazy elegance make him a sight to behold at the batting crease.
In the IPL, Rohit plays for the Mumbai Indians, and is led by his idol, Sachin Tendulkar. While he prepares for IPL 2012, Rohit took some time off to chill with a T20 Q & A session with www.iplt20.com.
1. My favourite cuisine is Chinese. It’s a good thing that there are plenty of Chinese restaurants near my house.
2. My favourite beverage is hot chocolate.
3. My favourite movie is Veer Zara. I love watching romantic movies and I’m yet to watch a more touching movie than that.
4. My choice of music depends on where I am and in what mood [I am]. When I’m in my room, I listen to slow music. In the stadium, you want something like hip-hop, which keeps you going.
5. My favourite gadget is my mobile phone. It is something that’s always with me.
6. My mantra in life is to enjoy whatever you do and make sure at the end of the day when you look in the mirror you know you’ve done your best.
7. My idol is Sachin Tendulkar.
8. I can’t do without my family
9. Style for me is keeping it simple, and don’t overdo it. I firmly believe the simpler you dress, the more charming you look.
10. I have lots of good friends in cricket – guys like Praveen Kumar, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli and of course, Yuvraj Singh.
11. The toughest bowler I’ve faced so far is Brett Lee, for a bunch of reasons. When I went to Australia for the first time, in 2008, he was at his peak. It was really difficult to score off him. He hardly bowled a loose ball, and you had to find ways to get runs off him.
12. My favourite non-cricketing sportsperson is Roger Federer. I like simplicity, and from whatever I’ve seen of Federer on TV, I find him to be a very simple man. I like the way he conducts him game and I’ve heard he’s a very humble person as well.
13. I have quite a few memorable cricketing moments. The World Twenty20 win in 2007 was special. The CB series win in Australia in 2008 was also memorable because there were a lot of youngsters in the team and we had to put up a good show to beat a team like Australia.
14. I’ve had an embarrassing moment on the field and I’m quite shy to speak about it. I was fielding at long-on in my international debut game in Ireland. I had to jump and slide to stop a ball and my pants rolled down. It was very embarrassing because there were a lot of people in the crowd behind me who laughed and also took pictures.
15. If I weren’t a cricketer, I’d be a regular freshly-graduated guy looking out for a nice little job.
16. I don’t have a particular favourite shot. I love all my shots.
17. My dream vehicle is the Aston Martin.
18. If I could have one super power, I’d want to have the power of the Hulk, so that I can hit every ball for a six.
19. If I were invisible for a day, I’d travel to as many places as I could
20. My message to the IPL opponents is watch out for me. I’ll come hard at you.
Katy Perry, the international musical sensation, shows the boys how it’s done before they speed away into a new season of IPL. Having ruled the music charts and won every prestigious award from the Billboard to the Grammy, the pop princess is all set to storm the IPL 2012 Opening Nite, an evening that will set the tone for a summer of high-quality cricket.
In a brief chat, Perry told us what she feels about IPL 2012.
Are you looking forward to your performance here in India?
I'm very much looking forward to performing in India for the first time, to be able to bring part of my California Dreams Tour to India and to be in India for my fans. I'm very excited to meet them and see them, and finally bring them some happiness in the form of music.
Are you a sports enthusiast? Have you been introduced to the delights of cricket?
I'm a sports enthusiast. I like to watch all kinds of different sports. I just performed for a sporting event – the Super Bowl – and had a fantastic time. I liked the spirit in the crowd, and the enthusiasm that the sport brings, and the community it brings together. I have not ever played cricket, but I'm excited to learn in India.
Your music, like the IPL, is a combination of styles and influences. Which of your songs celebrates the spirit of the competition?
I think ‘Firework’ is the song that can give you that extra spurt of energy that you need when you're playing sports or in any type of competition. It has a very inspirational message, and a thumping beat in the background which always helps if you need a soundtrack for energy.
You will get together with some big Bollywood stars at the IPL 2012 Opening Nite. Your thoughts?
I'm very excited to be able to collaborate with some Bollywood stars in India for the IPL. I think Bollywood is amazing and fun and over-the-top, and I love to be involved with a lot of things that are over-the-top, so I think it's a good match. I really like their spirit and charm and sense of humor, and I'm hoping that I can bring some Western love to Bollywood and then take home some Bollywood to the Western world.
You have a huge fan following in India, your message to all fans?
I'd like to say, "Hi everyone! I'm very excited! I know that everyone in India has waited for a very long time for me to come and perform professionally. I've enjoyed India on my own time personally, and now it's time to give back to the fans. I'm really excited to be a part of something really big in India and to soak up all the culture and beauty that is India, and to learn about the country and the people, and just have an incredible experience."