I never played with a runner in my entire life, even in schools, because only I know where the ball is going and how hard, when I hit the ball, something my runner will never know about.
I believe every era has its significance and the same holds true for players and coaches.
I have never tried to compare myself to anyone else.
I just keep it simple. Watch the ball and play it on merit.
I am not thinking too far ahead, just want to take it one thing at a time.
Isn't cricket supposed to be a team sport? I feel people should decide first whether cricket is a team game or an individual sport.
And that is the reason why this victory is great, because different players have made contributions to the win.
I hate losing and cricket being my first love, once I enter the ground it's a different zone altogether and that hunger for winning is always there.
From the spinners, Anil and I have been together for a long time and I respect him a lot.
My point of view is that when I am playing cricket I cannot think that this game is less or more important.
Beating Pakistan is always special because they are a tough team and we have a bit if a history regarding Pakistan.
I have never believed in comparisons, whether they are about different eras, players or coaches.
It doesn't always happen according to the way you have planned things out but I feel if you have covered most of the aspects, it does help out there in the middle.
I want to give my six hours of serious cricket on the ground and then take whatever the result.
At least with me, the match starts much, much earlier than the actual match.
Before coming here I had a minor back problem and I thought whenever I play Pakistan I get a back problem.
It has been very good here, but the World Cup game was different. It had a different significance to it.
Any team sport, there are certain team targets and those targets should always be in the forefront.
New Zealand's Daniel Vettori is a very good bowler.
Shoaib Akhtar has been playing for 5, 6 years and is an experienced bowler.
Wasim and Waqar were amazing bowlers. I would put them right up there with the best in the world.
The Australian tour was good for us; it was ideal preparation for us.
When I was 15, I started playing first class cricket and always dreamt of being a Test cricketer, wanted to do something for the country, married in 1995, have 2 kids it's been great.
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