White ball cricket can be taxing on bowlers and can be a distraction for a youngster, too.

I am very insecure because that's how I have played cricket. Since Under-14, I was told, 'If you don't perform, you will be dropped.' I have started living with this system.

I do not usually follow a rigid fitness regimen, and most of it depends upon what goals I have in my mind.

I know that my job is to score runs, and I will continue to do that.

I think that a leader is someone that needs to make an impact on, off the cricket field and in their lives as well.

India should not have any ties with Pakistan, be it Bollywood or cricket. I am shocked that Bollywood is saying that cricket and movies should be kept ahead of national sentiments.

People are quick to form opinions online, but they're also quick to change them. If you have an opinion, stand by it and see it through. I stand by what I put up.

I have been a part of the teams which had the original great man - Sachin Tendulkar. I remember in 2007-08 tour of Australia, Sachin paaji would get all the attention from the locals.

If you ask me, a batsman has very few opportunities as compared to a bowler. A bowler knows, if he gets hit for a six or a boundary, he has another delivery left to get back and take a wicket. For a batsman, one loose shot, and you are out. A bowler will always have 24 opportunities.

Youngsters getting hooked to IPL is a dangerous sign for Indian cricket.

I can bat in the morning, afternoon, evening, night, on ice, desert, wherever and whenever. It is almost nirvana for me. It takes me away from the stresses of life.

There are not enough turning pitches in India, which is why we are not getting good spinners.

I am a completely different person off the field, and my friends and family can vouch for that.

Every relation forms its own defined and non-defined rules.

T20 runs should only be a criteria to get selected for a T20 side. The moment you start picking players in the one-day format by their T20 performance, then you are giving your domestic 50-over competitions absolutely no relevance.

In India, you need to look intense to be classified a good cricketing brain.

Call me whatever you want; I'll always speak for the Army. Without understanding the extreme conditions they're in, you can't question the extreme action they take.

Ultimately, DDCA is there to promote Delhi cricket. They are not there to promote themselves or set agendas. The primary job of DDCA is to look after cricket, see where Delhi cricket is going at all levels.

I love watching movies. I am a big movie buff.

IPL is good for limelight and making money.

When you go out on the field, you don't go out to make friends... I play to win the game and not just to compete.

If you start beating opponents in their backyard is when you give yourself a chance to remain No.1.

I have never played cricket for selfish reasons like scoring 800-900 runs on flat tracks to make a comeback.

I am a great believer that a captain is as good as his team.

Most of my diet is low on carbohydrates and fats.

I am happy to lose spots on the IPL Fairplay award list, but I cannot see my team slipping on the points table.

When I got dropped for the World Cup, there were times I didn't want to play anymore. I didn't want to practise. I couldn't motivate myself. Then I said, 'Look what are the options?' Cricket is the only option. Whether I play happily or sadly, it's still all I have. There are not a lot of things I am good at.

What happens on the field should stay on the field.

When I'm playing a team sport, it's not about one individual, it's about everyone, from me to the other 23 people who were there, to all the support staff who've worked very hard behind the scenes.

When you are playing against an opposition, you want to go out there and win a game, and for that, you have to be aggressive.

If there is hockey or football and cricket on my television, I prefer to watch hockey.

I want to be part of the team that wins a Test series in England and Australia.

A small country like Israel has compulsory military training. But countries like India, that are so much bigger, have no compulsory military training, so people don't understand how the military functions. They have no knowledge of how it works, no respect for it.

It's not a successful captain that makes a successful team.

I have always maintained that bowlers win you a cricket match whatever the format.

Sportsmen do not need Bollywood or film industry; they do not need publicity: it could be the other way round.

I believe in backing players and helping them out with their game.

There is no point in winning contests if you can't leave mental scars on the minds of the opposition teams.

Life of people of this country is far more important than any sports or any other thing.

Sledging makes things interesting. There are no robots playing. They are humans who want to perform well for the country. So when stakes are so high, emotions will take over. Sometimes sledging gets the best out of you.

Sometime you need to give credit to the opposition.

Sometimes in a team game, the entire spotlight is on one man.

For me, it's fine to be aggressive and play hard. As long as you're not getting personal, it's fine, and you can do whatever you can to upset the opposition.

If a youngster can come up to me and share his problems or share his experiences or share something that he does off cricket, that can obviously help you build a better relation with one-on-one, and that can help you captain him on the cricket field.

I've always maintained - a captain is only as good as his team. It is not about my leadership, it is not about me.

I am talking as an Indian and not as as a cricketer. I believe we should not have any ties or relationship with Pakistan. For me, it is very important to protect our people.

As a leader, you want your team to play as you are.

To me, form is not about scoring runs but how you feel about your game. Sometimes the runs are not there, but you know you are batting well, and that is good form for me.

Yes, it is always good to contribute, but the most important thing is where we finish on the points table. That is more important to me than how many runs I score.