I have studied in DAV School in Ranchi. The coach there told me that I should play cricket and from then on I began playing the dame. I give credit to the management of the school where along with studies you could do a lot of things. That’s important in promoting a good school culture. My school encouraged sports and other activities. Sports should not be looked down upon. It should be encouraged in every school.
Cricket is a great leveller. If you are not humble it teaches you to be humble. When you are going through a lean patch, the best bowler of the opposition team ends up bowling to you and the worst fielder of the team will end up diving to catch your shot.
About his career
When I started playing cricket, I never imagined I’d one day be playing for India. It was when I finished India A tour and performed well there, that I realised I’d play for India be it today, tomorrow or after six months. I never played cricket regarding it as my personal milestone. When we used to play cricket in school or in the park, our only motive was to win the game. Milestones can’t decide your future. Had that been the case then Michael Phelps (swimming champ) should have retired after winning five Olympic gold medals.
His life’s mantra
I try to keep it simple. I am somebody who lives in the present. I don’t think too much about the past or future. I learn from my past. You need to have goals for the future but the most important thing is the present. The effect of our present will be seen on our future. You have to seek motivation either from family, friends or people around you. For me, my country is my biggest motivation.
About the movie MS Dhoni – The Untold Story
When director Neeraj Pandey came to me, I told him you can ask whatever you want but beyond that the film should be your own. I never knew what my parents thought of me when I played cricket or what they felt about my journey. I never asked them. But through this film, I got to know that. This was a new angle. It was the most special bit.