There were many cricketers lined up at Chepauk to kick start the 2017 edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) on Sunday, and Mohit Sharma, who has had a close association with the city, was one among those players on the occasion.
While recalling his stint with the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) that, Sharma expressed his happiness over returning to the city again and said he felt as he came back to home when he came here.
Mohit Sharma told TNCA, “The first feeling is that I’m back home. Chennai has been my second home for the last six years. You know I played for CSK in the first four editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL). My association with Chennai goes way back; I was here even when I played for MRF.”
The Haryana pacer further admitted that every moment that he spent in the CSK dressing room became a special memory for him. He further added on the same, “There are several memories with CSK. We had created new memories with CSK every single day. Be it practice matches, practice sessions or a proper match, every single moment spent with CSK has been special for me.”
On being asked to share his views on the TNPL, Sharma said that the tournament is a great platform for the young talents in Tamil Nadu. He added, “TNPL is a great opportunity. It is huge for a young player hailing from the cities and districts of Tamil Nadu. I feel the TNPL’s popularity, in terms of spectators, will slowly but surely match the IPL.”
While commenting on the pacer T Natarajan, who was one of the finds of TNPL 2016, Mohit accepted that he is a very nice and humble person.
The Kings XI Punjab pacer further added on Natarajan, “For me, one has to be a good human being before a good cricketer. He is a very nice and humble human being. He comes from the same background as me, lower middle-class, so we tend to connect. I also call him my partner as he supports me in my bowling.”
Indian pacer Mohit Sharma, who has been known for his brilliant job in the death overs, reveals the secret of his success in the slog overs. He concluded by saying, “If you are a senior bowler of your team, you have to handle all the pressure. When you have been continuously playing cricket at the highest level, you have to be flexible, slightly adjustable. You must always try and bring in a few variations in your action. I’ve been focusing on the entire process, and this helps me to keep the pressure away.”