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Currently, he’s the most dazzling star in the glittering galaxy of Indian batsmen. His on-field aggression matches his flamboyance off the field. He’s passionate about the game and plays it with unrivalled intensity. Away from the cricket field, he’s just another 23-year-old who loves fast cars, trendy clothes and latest gadgets. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli is the latest cricketing youth icon of India.
During his fun-filled chat with www.iplt20, he was as free-flowing as some of his exquisite cover drives. Here are the 20 things about the new poster boy of Indian cricket you might not have known.
1. My favourite cuisine is Chinese. I love dim sum in particular.
2. My favourite beverage is orange juice
3. My favourite movie has to be Rocky. I think it’s the best motivational movie ever, not only for sportspeople but people from any field.
4. My favourite non-cricketing sportsperson is Roger Federer. The kind of consistency he’s maintained over a long period of time, winning so many grand slams back-to-back, is really amazing.
5. I love R&B and Punjabi music. My current favourite R&B artist is Bruno Mars; I really like his singing. In Punjabi, it has to be Rishi Rich and RDB.
6. My favourite gadget is my Playstation 3. I just love it.
7. My current dream vehicle is the Audi R8.
8. My mantra in life is live life everyday and don’t think too far ahead in the future. Just live every moment.
9. One thing I cannot do without is my Blackberry.
10. My idol is Sachin Tendulkar. More than his on-field exploits, I love the way he carries himself over the field. I know many people have said that over the years. But to get to know him personally and see the child in him still wanting to learn everyday with so much of genuineness; there’s nothing fake about his enthusiasm. That’s something that amazes me a lot.
11. Being stylish is all about wearing what you feel like on any occasion. Don’t go with the trends too much and just wear what you are confident you carry off.
12. I have a lot of good friends in cricket but I’m the closest to Yuvraj Singh. I met him first when I was playing a Deodhar Trophy game for North Zone, which he had come to watch. He had seen me play in the Under-19 World Cup [in 2007]. I was really shy to go up to him and talk. He was sweet enough to walk up to me for a chat. We spoke about the game and life in general. We bonded instantly and since then have remained great friends. He’s like an elder brother to me. I seek his advice whenever I’m confused about something because he’s seen a lot in cricket. He’s always given me the best advice possible and it’s been a wonderful friendship with him.
13. The toughest bowler I’ve faced till date is Saeed Ajmal because he’s very skilled and has a lot of control over his bowling, which is really difficult to deal with. He’s the toughest right now.
14. The easiest bowler I’ve faced is MS Dhoni in the nets.
15. My most memorable cricketing moment is the 2011 World Cup win and then the century against Pakistan [183 in a 2012 Asia Cup match]
16. My most embarrassing moment on the cricket field was when my pants came off in Bangladesh once. There’s also a video on the net. I don’t think anything can get more embarrassing than that.
17. If I weren’t a cricketer, I’d probably be involved in my family business with my brother or [would] have worked at the ONGC. Honestly, I don’t see myself doing anything apart from cricket for a long, long time.
18. I love to play the flick shot. It comes naturally to me; the body movements are natural. Whenever I need to play a release shot, it has to be the flick.
19. If I were granted one super power, I’d ask for the ability to fly because there’s a lot of traffic problem in India and I hate being stuck in the traffic. So, I’d love to fly and reach everywhere quickly.
20. If I were invisible for a day, I’d roam around in the busiest mall in the city openly. That’s something we cricketers cannot do in India.
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.