Hap­pi­ness is be­ing with my fam­ily


What is your idea of per­fect hap­pi­ness?

For me, the per­fect hap­pi­ness is be­ing with my fam­ily. They are very im­por­tant for me.

What is your motto in life?

To have good deeds. I re­spect all re­li­gions, I am a very re­li­gious per­son. So, for me, be­ing a good hu­man be­ing is very im­por­tant. Your deeds de­fine you as a per­son.

What is your des­ti­na­tion?

Any­where coun­try.


What are your play­ing?






Some­one you would go to when you are in doubt...

My dharma guru (re­li­gious head). Be­fore I do any­thing, I make it a point to take his per­mis­sion and bless­ings. Even when we won the Ranji Tro­phy last year, he was there at the ground in In­dore dur­ing the fi­nal.

ear­li­est mem­o­ries of

I will al­ways re­mem­ber the first time I walked into the Vi­darbha Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion. It was for the tri­als of un­der­16 Vi­jay Mer­chant Tro­phy. I had al­ready scored quite a few cen­turies on the lo­cal cir­cuit, and when I came for the tri­als, I could hear peo­ple say­ing, “The op­po­nents must have done un­der­arm bowl­ing. That’s why he could score so much.” But in the trial match also I scored a dou­ble cen­tury.

What other sports do you play?

Ten­nis. When­ever I am in Eng­land for county cricket, I hit the ten­nis court. I love the game.

If not a crick­eter, what would you have been?

I have learnt clas­si­cal mu­sic for a few years, so if I wouldn’t have played cricket, maybe I would have been a mu­si­cian.

Most mem­o­rable sport­ing mo­ment...

Of course win­ning the Ranji Tro­phy. When I made it to the In­dian team, it was also a mem­o­rable event in my life. Ev­ery crick­eter dreams of play­ing for the coun­try and that gives you a high.

One mem­ory you would like to for­get...

The Un­der­19 World Cup in 2004. I was in good form at that time, but I frac­tured my thumb in a prac­tice game and missed out on the tour­na­ment.

Who are your sport­ing he­roes?

Rafael Nadal.

Which is your favourite venue?

The VCA Sta­dium in Nag­pur. That’s where I scored my first first­class cen­tury.

Ques­tions most asked by the pub­lic and the me­dia...

These days ev­ery­one wants to know why am I not be­ing picked for the In­dia or In­dia A teams, de­spite be­ing a con­sis­tent per­former.

Your ad­vice to young­sters...

Keep work­ing hard and stay grounded. There is no short­cut to suc­cess, so you have to go through the en­tire process. But it is im­por­tant to be hum­ble even af­ter you achieve suc­cess.

What is your nick­name?

My mom calls me Faizu.

What is the one thing you al­ways carry with your­self?

My at­ti­tude.

The cra­zi­est thing you have ever done...

I am not that crazy, but yes, I can mimic peo­ple well. When I was play­ing for the Ra­jasthan Roy­als, we were in­vited as guests for In­dian Idol sea­son five. There Yusuf Pathan asked me to mimic some­one and I did im­i­tate co­me­dian Raju Sri­vas­tava. That was fun and quite spon­ta­neous.

What is your great­est fear?

At the nets, I am al­ways afraid of get­ting in­jured while bat­ting.

The one per­son you ad­mire the most...

My daugh­ter, Roz­ina. She is my world.

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