I define friendship as a bond that transcends all barriers. When you are ready to expect anything and everything from friends, good, bad or ugly... that's what I call true friendship.
Cricket is my passion; it is my first love. So I will not act in my movies, as they will just be a side business for me.
It's very hard to find true friends when your life is a bumpy ride full of twists and turns. But, I'm glad that amidst all the ramblings in my life I have managed to win some great friends.
I think cricket is there in Usain Bolt's blood. Since I got to watch from close quarters, it was amazing to see him run up to bowl. The perfect delivery stride is understandable because he is a world champion athlete. But the manner - he loaded at the crease and then bowled the ball - left me zapped. He looked like a natural cricketer.
I am very emotional. It took me many years to recover from the death of my father. Even when I was playing cricket, I wasn't happy. I would just sit and cry. I was very young. He was too young; he shouldn't have gone. Cricket is all right. We all play sport. Good and bad days come.
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Nothing happens in cricket, ever. Even the highlights resemble a freeze frame.
I don't watch cricket very much, but of course I enjoy whenever I see the sport, especially live, because of the energy in the stadium with the fans going crazy.
I want to keep on adding new skills to my armoury.
No cricket team in the world depends on one or two players. The team always plays to win.
I have learnt a lot from the Indian team.
I am happy to bowl wherever my captain wants me to bowl. If he tells me to bowl upfront and be aggressive with the new ball, I am happy to do that.
On a good day, when you have a clear plan, you are able to execute whatever you wanted.
Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.
In cricket, my superhero is Sachin Tendulkar. He has always been my hero and will continue to remain so. Apart from him and outside cricket, my mother has remained my inspiration. Whatever difficult time I had faced, she was always there for me. She has given me all the strength. She maintained her composure and supported me in tough times.
A fit body gives you confidence. And there's nothing more impressive than a great attitude, which you can wear on your sleeve. But you'll have to remember the difference between being rude and being confident.
I live in the present with an eye on the future.
It's important to learn and not repeat the same mistakes. What's done is done.
Cricket is not everything, not by any means, but it is a large part of who I am.
I am a great believer that a captain is as good as his team.
Cricket is a team game. If you want fame for yourself, go play an individual game.
Our flag is our identity, and we can't disrespect or let anyone else disrespect our identity.
It's important on any English wicket to leave well.
The fear of failing... not quite the fear of failing, but the uncertainty of whether you are going to perform or not, is there every single game I have played in my life. It will always be there.
There are lots of mentally very tough players that I have played against and with.
When people throw stones at you, you turn them into milestones.
You need to realise that you must have something to aim for, something to drive you.
Comebacks are not at all easy. After a major surgery, the difficult part is to conquer the inner demons. It's all in the mind. Only an individual can overcome his fears.
No matter how talented you are or naturally gifted you are, there's no substitute to hard work if you got to maintain standards.
Relationships survive on trust, and if that is broken at any point, it's pretty much the end of the relationship. Besides, inability to communicate leads to problems.
I have been in love, and it was a great feeling. It's when you are attracted to and feel affection for someone. You want to do things for that person. But only love isn't enough in a relationship - understanding and communication are very important aspects.
In sport, there is always room for improvement. Whenever I see my innings against the West Indies or Australia, I think, 'Maybe, I could have done this better or should have changed that.' See, cricket is a skill game, and one can always improve upon the impact one has on an innings.
Fitness has nothing to do with age.
April 2nd is a memorable moment of my cricketing career.
As for my batting, the best part about it is I have never changed it. I have never changed my thinking, I have never changed my batting style.
My job is to perform, enjoy cricket and thank God for whatever he has given me.
I am not brand conscious. I wear what suits me.
I have always maintained that if you work hard, it won't go waste, as recognition will come to you at some stage, whether in studies or sports. You need to have good intentions and intent to move ahead in life as well as in sports.
No dream is ever chased alone.
I was lucky in my early years to play for a Karnataka team that was trying to forge itself into a strong side, and they were years of fun and learning. In the Indian team, I was fortunate to be part of a wonderful era when India played some of its finest cricket at home and abroad.
My approach to cricket has been reasonably simple: it was about giving everything to the team, it was about playing with dignity and it was about upholding the spirit of the game. I hope I have done some of that. I have failed at times, but I have never stopped trying. It is why I leave with sadness but also with pride.
There's always that one person, that will always have your heart. That one person for me is you.
Success is all about having the confidence to shoot for something even if it seems impossible.