We have to play attractive

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2001, 18:23 [IST]
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Precisely, don't you think it is then unfair on our part, as players, to crib about sponsors?

I don't know what to say to that but I know one thing it is a give and take relationship. The sponsors have to come forward for the game to run and the game has to be productive for the sponsors to be interested.

What do you make of the future of women's cricket in India?

It definitely is in the upswing. At least, from what I have seen women's cricket has definitely progressed. Might not be to a large extent but we have moved ahead.Having represented Air India, do you think that it has affected (negatively or positively) your game otherwise; vis-6is if you had you been playing for your state?

I suppose, I made the right decision at the right time. I got into Air India five years ago and then went on to represent the country. I think it was the right time for me to get into a professional side because having done so it gave me an opportunity to develop my game all-round. Playing alongside better players you have no choice but to lift your game. So playing for Air India has definitely been an asset to me.

Covering a little of the personal side, how do you go about unwinding after a hectic few months?

When I am off the game or off work, the first few days I would like to relax at home with my family. After that I space it out and like to go out with friends, just would like to switch off the topic of cricket and do all kinds of stupid stuff that you normally do not get to do when you are playing the game or working.

Which city do you prefer to visit in India?

I have always liked Chandigarh. I want to visit Ooty and Kulumanali, which I believe are very nice. My dad always says that the best place to be is Cochin. So I have quite a few places that I would like to visit.

How about internationally?

I really like New Zealand. I haven't been to Australia. I believe Australia is a very nice country but I have also heard the Aussies say that New Zealand is better. I also want to visit Switzerland. I've liked England but I think New Zealand is on top of the list.

How about your food? Do you miss your Punjabi food when you go out?

I, basically, can adapt to any food even if it is not so much to my liking. However, I definitely miss my Punjabi food after a while.

Any delicacies?

My favourites are butter chicken and nan.

Finally, anything that you want to say that I haven't covered?

Yes, and this advice is to the youngsters. If you love the game play it, do not think of the rewards. Play with all you heart, if you've put in the hard work the rewards will be there to reap.

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