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David Jacobs, who has successfully led his domestic team the Warriors, loves the Mumbai Indians with the same intensity. The South African wicketkeeper-batsman has even acquired an Indian name for when he is playing in India.
In a lighthearted chat with iplt20.com he revealed some lesser known facts about himself.
1. Nickname: Davy J or my India name is Devendra Kumar Jacobs. I needed an Indian name so my teammates last year gave it to me.
2. Idol: Stephen King, the fictional writer.
3. Life Mantra: Live in bliss and the universe will open doors where there are only walls.
4. Favourite cuisine: South African steak brie.
5. Favourite beverage: Beer.
6. I can’t do without: In this order- my wife Liz, my daughter Lilly and all my gadgets like my iPad, Blackberry and all that.
7. Favourite movie: For Love of the Game, Kevin Costner
8. Favourite band: That’s a tough one. I love all kinds of music, anything really.
9. Style statement: Any good brand. Any good label. I am a pretty casual guy. [...] In any scenario looking as good as possible.
10. Favourite TV series: True Blood at the moment.
11. Best pal in cricket: Rusty Theron.
12. The toughest bowler I’ve faced: Craig Thyssen because he doesn’t bowl; [he is] my teammate from the Warriors.
13. The easiest bowler I’ve faced: Craig Thyssen because he doesn’t bowl [laughs].
14. Favourite shot: I enjoy a flick going to the stands.
15. The best bowler in the world is: Got to go with Lasith Malinga.
16. The best batsman in the world is: Since I am in India and playing for Mumbai Indians, it is Sachin Tendulkar.
17. Favourite stadium in the world: St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth, my home ground and then my second home ground, Wankhede Stadium.
18. Best dismissal: one of my most memorable ones was when I was standing up to stumps for Munaf Patel and I think the batsman was Daniel Christian who tried to swipe and I stumped him at a crucial time of the game.
19. Bowlers you enjoyed keeping for: Lasith Malinga and Rusty Theron.
20. If I weren’t a cricketer I’d be: A fictional writer like Stephen King. I do write in any case.
Virat Kohli is a man of contrasts. At 23, he’s aggressive, proud and flamboyant. But his maturity, talent and determination belie his age. Those who see him as the future captain of India are also wary of his highly inflammable temperament. Those who celebrate him as the most radiant star of India’s batting future, are worried he might lose focus under a harsh spotlight.
Virat represents the quintessential youth of India. He enjoys life but knows where his priorities lie. iplt20.com caught up with the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman ahead of IPL 2012. His words oozed maturity and confidence that have come with the tons of runs he has scored in the last two years.
Excerpts from his interview...
Given the kind of form you’re in, you must be itching to get back on the cricket field.
Yes, I’m really looking forward to batting again for RCB. IPL has always been a fun time for the players to enjoy some exciting T20 cricket.
Being a constant in the RCB team since season one, how would you compare the current squad with the past ones?
Honestly, I think we had the best squad in 2009. With the quality of players we had then – the likes of Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Jacques Kallis, Kevin Pietersen, Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn – it was a really strong side. Having said that, even now we have some big names, like AB de Villiers, Zaheer Khan, Chris Gayle and Daniel Vettori. What makes the current team even stronger is that we gel really well as a team.
As someone who is touted as the future captain, which leadership quality would you imbibe from each of your RCB captains so far?
From Rahul Dravid, I’d want to imbibe his patience. He’s very calm and patient under the most pressure-filled situations. If your side is losing, as a captain it’s not easy to control your emotions. But Rahul bhai does it so wonderfully well.
I want Anil Kumble’s competitiveness and the never-say-die attitude. He not only motivates his team but also sets an example for everyone to follow by putting in his 100 per cent effort in the field.
Vettori’s composure is tremendous. The way he backs his bowlers in crunch times is especially amazing. I’d like to learn that from him.
In the last season when you led the team in a few matches, at any time did you feel nervous about having to captain some big international stars?
I was a bit nervous in the beginning. But once I took the field and started to think as a captain, I was fine. I was very well-supported by everyone in the team in terms of what I planned and what fields I wanted to set. That made me pretty relaxed. It was a fun experience for me.
Who’s the hardest hitter of the cricket ball in the world?
You batted with him quite a lot last year. What is the most difficult and the easiest thing about batting with Gayle?
The most difficult thing is to keep yourself safe! On a serious note, batting with someone like Gayle can be very intimidating. When you see him batting like that at the other end, you might get bogged down with the pressure of coping with his strike-rate. It also works the other way. You don’t need to worry about the scoring rate because he’s doing all the hitting at the other end. You only have to ensure the wickets are intact.
Does batting with him affect your batting?
No, it doesn’t. Both of us understand our respective roles very well. If one guy is playing the shots, the other just has to drop anchor and play the supporting role. I understand that it’s better to play to your own strengths rather than emulating someone like Chris because matching him is almost impossible. Only he can bat like that.