"Eng was not as tough as we expected"

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2002, 18:23 [IST]
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Neetu David India"s premier spinner did her reputation a world of good when she yet again turned out to be the tormentor-in-chief in England"s ignominious 0-5 defeat in the recently concluded Hero Honda One-day International series conducted at home.

Thatscricket.com caught up with her and the following are the excerpts of the interview.

You have been considered India"s strike bowler and you have lived up to it by a good measure, how does it feel?

It real feels good to have lived up to the expectations. Having said that, it also gives me great joy to be considered as India"s strike bowler – in the first place.

What are your future plans? Are you working towards the next World Cup or are you taking things a series at a time?

I haven"t thought that far. I would prefer to take it a series at a time. Let us see how it goes. If everything works out fine might be I will end up playing. I would love to win a World Cup before I quit.

What do you make of India"s performance in this series?

It"s well that we won but we still have a lot of room for improvement.

What do you make of the opposition? Were they tough enough or did they give in a little too easily?

They were not as tough as we expected them to be. Their fielding was good, their bowling was decent but their batting was not up to the mark. Probably they missed their experienced batsmen who were not able to make it due to various other commitments.

What do you feel are the major gains for India in this series?Actually speaking not much. Although the score line reads 5-0, things could have been tougher had we had a tougher opposition. We did have a lot of lapses, which were not taken advantage of.

Off the field, however, we had major gains. The amount of publicity that we received in the Press this time around was much larger. This was basically due the television coverage and also due to the fact that we had Hero Honda sponsoring the series.

What are the areas where India needs to improve on?

Fielding is definitely one area where we need a lot of improvement. We need to work on our fitness aspect too. That apart, our batting (especially the top order) needs to tighten up.

Have you set yourself any cricketing goals or do you take things as they come?

I just take them as they come. I just knew I wanted to play for the country and play well at that.

Are you satisfied with your level performance thus far?

Nobody actually settles for what they achieve. One always wants to do better. In that sense I would like to better my performance.

How has the encouragement been at home?

They have been absolutely great at home. If not for them I wouldn"t have been playing.

Apart from cricket how do you spend your time?

I prefer to spend whatever time I get with my family. I, basically, like to listen to a lot of music.

Do you have any other interests apart from cricket?

Nothing in particular but I like to go around a lot. That apart, music interests me a lot.

You have travelled around the world, which country has impressed you the most?

I think it should be New Zealand. The landscape is impressive so are the people. It is a pretty picturesque place.


Food: South Indian.

Cricketer: Steve Waugh, Michael Bevan, Ajay Jadeja, Purinama Rau, Diana Edulji, Sudha Shah, Mithali Raj.

Sports person: Sabatini, Agassi.

Colour: Grey, lemon, light pink.

City: Goa.

Drink: Tea without sugar, Orange soda.

Actor: Anil Kapoor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Actress: Sri Devi, Madubala.

Movie: Howrah Bridge, Ishwar

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