Here is a short
discussion-cum-interview that we did with our HC after winning the India Cup
Q. 1) What's your personal mantra?
Sir SD:Be good.
Do good. Stay calm always!
Q: 2) What can India do to become a good sporting nation in Hitwicket?
Sir SD: Players
are pivot in this game. And managers are the inventory. Only good managers
can’t do anything without good players. Only good players can’t weave magic
without smart managers who can adapt to any given situations. A combination of
the two is what will bring success.
Q: 3) Any tips for the next IC?
Sir SD: Challenge
your thought processes, and train your players hard without breaks. Not even
during Season Breaks!
Q: 4) How many times have you changed the starting line-up?
Sir SD: Every
match has a different story to tell. We did not have any fixed “preferred”
line-up. We changed in every match. Just that one match against TN during the
group stages where our changed line-up wasn’t saved, is where we played with
the previous match’s default-saved line-up.
Q: 5) Do you think something changed in terms of your profile after winning
the final against Mizoram?
Personally, no. But of course, yes, in terms of the achievement. Being a
Tripura HC is always challenging in terms of what’s said during pre-elections,
and what’s done in real-time. I am happy that I stood up to all expectations,
my beliefs, and the resultant of our combined efforts, monetary, and
Q: 6) Do you owe this to someone? Is there one person that you would say is
responsible for you leading India in world Cup?
Sir SD: To all
managers who have fixated their confidence on me. To all the Tripuris, within
whom we ran a poll on “Who would you support for the next HC”. More than 92%
Tripuris voted for me which has given me a great boost. To my management team,
who had worked days and nights together, brainstorming the various strategies,
and to all the Camp managers who trained their player so well, that along with
the PCs, they could be made the beasts that they are today.
If I must name one person who is responsible for me leading India in
the WC, it must be Sir SC. Without his continued baseless hatred towards me, I
would never have had the zeal to spend in the game. It is his meaningless and
reasonless hatred that gave me the pursuance to achieve more out of a game,
which was rather just a tool of pastime for me back in July 2013. But ever
since his personal attacks started raining on me back in Nov 2013, I was
determined. But I had to start on a small scale that went on to the level that
it is today. Being a rebel all my life, I was never interested in being a U20
champion or a premier achiever, I had to try something different. But, I will
keep that entire incident and the series of incidents that followed, for a different
date & time.
Q: 7) How was the feeling of the dressing room after becoming champions of
Unbelievable. Frankly, I was quite nervous. The amount of runs that they posted
did not bother me much. But after losing two quick wickets, the entire dressing
room needed a doctor to be called upon. After the win, the joy was double the
tension that we faced in the previous 56 minutes.
Q: 8)There are thousands of people who want to be HC
of India. What are the top talks would you like to tell those people?
Sir SD: Nothing
beats the combined energy of pure passion, untiring dedication, and like-minded
Q: 9) How did you handle 3-4 pressures at a same time! One is your region
in world cup! The other is your team in HPL! And the personal team of yours
which is performing in the league stages!?
Sir SD: As I
said, HPL etc was never my focus area. Since the day I was determined to do
something for Tripura, the various other events like League Matches, HPL, U20,
everything took a backstage. And I am thankful to the Almighty that every piece
fell in their respective places as we started our journey since Nov 2013, till
today. Yes, there was pressure, but not to be league champion, but achieve the
BIG TRIPURA DREAM. The pressure was not laid on me by anybody, but myself. And
I am thankful that I got a team of superb achievers in their own educational
fields to have the kind of sharpness in their minds who took much of the
pressure off me, and I was contented with their thoughts.
Q: 10) The biggest thing about world cup is that it's happening in India
itself! So can we watch a replay of 2011 in 2018 Hitwicket as well?
Sir SD: The two
are totally different things. But yes, anything is possible. So, keep your
faith, and trust in truths.
Q: 11) Who are the players from Tripura who you think are capable for India!
Sir SD: There are
many. But, we do not know the details yet as no formal announcement have been
Thank you, SD Sir, for your time. We
have a lot more to ask you, but will keep it for another day. All the very Best
to you and your management team, for the upcoming World Cup where you’ll be
Sir SD: Thanks!
That’s all for today, folks!
To Be continued...
*** This interview had been planned, executed, and compiled by Udit Parakh (PRO for Tripura) ***