Thursday, September 10, 2020

Puddle and Me


 Trivial happenings that make so much sense to me!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Chotu 5 Star Lover

Everyone has a favourite candy or chocolate as a kid,

I loved 5 Star with all my heart, yes I did.

Whenever running errands, I’d save money,

Sang praises of my shrewd self, funny.


I’d consciously collect the money required,

One chocolate in a month was all I desired.

In the receipts of things bought I was interested,

Working maths, how many chocolates could I buy instead.


Everything in my world was somehow connected to 5 Star,

I loved the caramel and nougat mix covered milk chocolate bar.

Material world existed in the multiples of 5 Star for me,

All A+s would get me one, my parents would agree.


I am a grown up now and things have changed,

Anything for God to help us get our lives re-arranged.

I am a 90’s kid and love my childhood stories,

The mere sight of 5 Star brings back happy memories.



  



Friday, August 28, 2020

Humanity First

Help me break the door and come in,                    Do not judge me based on my sex, religion, caste, creed or colour of my skin.

Help me break the door and come in,

I believe in the Almighty, but my hope in human kind is wearing thin.


Help me break the door and come in,

I am tired of your fake sympathy urging me to take everything on the chin.


Help me break the door and come in, 

Before I lose patience, courage and the will to fight within.


Help me break the door and come in,

Born equal, but I fail to understand the cruelty bestowed upon me that sends my head into a spin.


Help me break the door and come in, 

Let’s talk about all the good we can do even with the unpleasant places that we’ve been.


Help me break the door and come in,

To hold your hand, bring you out in the open, where Humanity comes first and together let a new journey begin.




Friday, August 14, 2020

Beyond the Boundary and The Lillee Marsh Stand

For someone who is an absolute cricket nut, not going back and watching the T-20 World Cup videos of my bowling/ batting was difficult. After every tournament I play, I go back and watch all my videos for a good day or two. Yeah, I know, I am crazy. 

But this time over it was different. I didn’t want to watch them partly because the heart break after the final was immense. I take a lot of pride in having represented my country in a sport that I have  loved since I was five years old. Also, I have been fortunate to play two World Cup finals, and have learnt a lot on the way to these and even more from their results. 


Cut to today, I watched the documentary on my cell phone, in about twenty minutes or so- I fast forwarded or skipped most of it. My parents are even bigger cricket lovers than me. Remember, I am their kid, so yeah. They kept nagging me to watch it along with them on television via the streaming service. I said no initially but then had to give in to their wish. 


We started watching the documentary whilst having lunch. And I realised how well it was made. Kudos to ICC to even have thought on these lines. I had a smile on my face all along and I watched it till the end. My parents have always watched me playing live cricket on tv and they said for the first time ever they weren’t anxious and loved every minute of the documentary ( they even managed to locate me in there a fair bit of times). 


Watching the documentary today was such a relief and the emotions found a way out. Just to re-iterate the fact that cricket is a part of my life and it isn't the other way around. I still have some work to do on that front and I am happy that I am getting better.


On the brighter side- I now, am a part of a documentary on women’s cricket, that celebrates the T-20 women’s World Cup in the year 2020, which has been an absolute nightmare thus far due COVID-19. I found something to smile about in these testing times whilst praying for and contributing whatever little I can  towards the well-being of so many who are finding it difficult even to survive.


Cricket has taken me to some amazing places and has let me make some wonderful friends for life. Also, who gets to meet global Icons like Katy Perry and Billie Jean King in person and be part of a 'once in a life time celebration of women's cricket' with 87,000 people (86,174 plus the ground staff, organising committee, volunteers, the teams players and  support staff) in attendance at the G.





I have come a long way from being a brooding cricketer for whom perfection mattered the most. I have seen a lot of ups and downs in my cricket career. Now, I don’t repent anything that I have done or anything that has happened to me, good or bad because that has helped shape me to be the person I am today. (I, still, am never happy with the LBW decisions off my bowling  though 😅)


Believe me - The only thing I repent the most is not to have bowled a bouncer in the Bangladesh game when we were playing at WACA- a ground that has been my absolute favourite growing up, during any Australian home test series. It's a real shame that WACA has been relegated to the rear ranks and shall now become a community and sporting hub serving as a training base. To have been able to play on this ground, for sure, shall be one of my most cherished memories.



    The Super Happy ME!! Pic credits- Abhilasha Agrawal: winsport images

P.S. 'Champions keep playing until they get it right'- Billie Jean King: is my favourite sports quote and my personal e-mail account's signature.😉





Sunday, May 10, 2020

Aut Viam Inventam Aut Faciam

Aut Viam Inventam Aut Faciam: this has been my favourite quote for a while now. It is a Latin quote that translates to, 'I shall either find a way or make one'!

Over the last year I have been often asked this question - What changed?
I tried to figure out in this photo blog I compiled. 😼


2018: Such an apt picture. I had turned a blind eye to enjoying the sport. 

I made a resolution mid way through the year: Always believe in how good you are and never let anyone else tell you otherwise. For me, that was the start...



A little souvenir from that tour of Sri Lanka that taught me a lot about myself. It reminds me of all the hardships I have faced, not just on one tour but through my life.



Things I did to keep myself motivated. From the time I was presented with my India cap by Jhulu di, back in 2014 to this day, I consider myself truly blessed. 

Test cap no. 77
ODI cap no. 112
T20I cap no. 48




One of the best books I have read. I carry it along on tours and every time I read it, I tend to understand life better.




December 2018, Vijayawada: The three days I was admitted in hospital, I realised how precious life is. Also, for two days in a row, I dreamt of bowling with a mask on. My sister, who came down all the way from Hyderabad to look after me, isn't much of a selfie person and she thought I was/am mad when she heard my mask dream.

P.S. I wore the mask before if became mandatory!



I am a huge believer of having little affirmations. I have always written a diary and when I find something worth telling myself, it goes right in there.



This tournament was so much fun! It was a huge learning curve, and I genuinely believe I have so much more to learn on the captaincy front!



Loved playing in New Zealand. One country that I would wish to visit every year. Serene, quiet and picturesque.



Kerri was our local liaison during our trip to New Zealand. Such a kind and compassionate soul. She was responsible for pushing me to have a brave and transparent conversation, one that changed my whole outlook towards cricket and made me believe.

Tracy ma'am-I have known her for ten years now. She has been my saviour on tours. One of the most kind-hearted and genuine people I know.



Someone very knowledgeable once told me, 'Trust the process, results will follow.' The joy in enjoying the process is immense. I don't know, but I think it all started falling in place during the England series. I had a sea facing room, which meant the evenings were as good as the games.

Also, here's a random picture of the salad I would order everyday.



An item from the to-do list ticked off. As a kid I drew the Taj in my drawing books and submitted a social science project on The Taj, but to visit Taj Mahal was a surreal experience.

P.S: The company wasn't too bad either.



Still can't play the guitar that well, but I finally got down to hiring a tutor and taking classes. A niggle meant I spent a considerable time playing guitar at home and spending hours on my batting.

P.S. Long hours of playing guitar = Ulna nerve impingement. It's crazy how I find ways of picking up niggles and keeping the physio busy.



I had so much fun playing for Team Velocity. Amazing memories made playing alongside (and against) some great players. Highlight of the birthday was getting to speak to a legend of the game and getting back home to a surprise gifts from parents, who were visiting my sister and weren't home.



He was one of the best human beings I have known and a friend for life. Gone too soon....



Unprecedented rains made sure I improvised, found ways to train, dragged my parents along to synthetic tracks, read a lot and irritated my mother with crazy meal plans... healthy ones though.



Memorable tour! Largely thanks to my drone. I had an amazing time clicking pictures and videos. Also, got pictures taken with legendary fast bowlers, whom I grew up watching, and Sir Viv's statue in Antigua.


Hard work never goes waste. 2019 was no doubt pretty eventful!

I know I still have a long way to go....



P.S. I wouldn't be one bit the person I am if it weren't for these three. So we have been having these newsroom conversations from the time my parents started using smartphones. My sister: in Hyderabad or where ever her work takes her; me: wherever cricket takes me; my father: in the drawing room; and my mother: in the bedroom (of the same house). It's sad that they also take the bump on the road along with me, but I love them the most in this world.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Fireflies!!

I am an avid music lover and as a kid I learnt Tabla and Harmonium. I used to go to Bharti Bhavan to learn these instruments but couldn't continue because summer vacations meant the teachers who taught us, were asked to take music classes else where as the attendance of kids at my centre was low. I always was amazed with the kids who were part of the music club and played various instruments in our morning assembly at school. 

Moving on, I have always thought of my headphones as my saviour on tours. Firstly because listening to music is one of my favourite pass times and secondly because it saves me from listening to unwanted talks going around. I am a bit of a techie when it comes to choosing gadgets that I would like to own and so my new Sony headphones are my prized possession.


At home, my father and I like to listen to old Hindi songs on Saregama caravan that my sister and I gifted him on Father's Day in 2018.


Music is amazing in so many ways. The other day I was listening to a random song and it brought back memories from my Australia tour in 2016. So every tour of mine, I tend to listen to a list of songs that comprises of my all time favs and few others which I grow a liking to, during that tour.


Having so much time on hand, I decided to do this fun activity and really enjoyed putting together this list.


My Cricket Career, in my view, through songs ( mainly Owl City- because they are my favourite band).

  • 2007: Crush (David Archuleta)
  • 2008: Fireflies
  • 2009: Gold
  • 2010: Alligator sky feat Shawn C
  • 2011: Cave In
  • 2012: If my heart was a House
  • 2013: Dreams don’t turn to dust
  • 2014: To the Sky/ Winners Never Quit
  • 2015: A little goes a long way
  • 2016: Embers
  • 2017: Tidal wave
  • 2018: Waving through a Window/ Silhouette 
  • 2019: Invincible (David Archuleta)