Anjum Chopra March 6, 2009

Eating biryani in SA, and making headlines in NZ

Cricinfo quizzed Anjum Chopra on memorable moments from the past three World Cups from food favourites to rooming delights

Anjum Chopra will be playing her fourth World Cup this time in Australia. Cricinfo quizzed her on memorable moments from the past three editions from food favourites to rooming delights.

Anjum Chopra scored an unbeaten 64 in India's win over England in the 2005 World Cup © Getty Images

Most memorable performance?
I have two, both were in situations where we were on the back foot: against Ireland in 2000 where I came to bat in the first over - with the score 0 for 1 - and scored 70. We won by 30 runs; the second against England in 2005 where we came back from 35 for 3 to chase 140. I was unbeaten on 64.

The opposition innings you admired the most?
Karen Rolton's unbeaten century in the 2005 final.

Favourite World Cup of the three?
I enjoyed each one of them but 2005 has to be the most memorable. After all, we reached the final.

Four things you always take with you onto the ground?
Umm … my bat, my gloves, my cap and my pads!

Best ball you faced?
That has to be from Kathryn Ramel in our semi-final against New Zealand in 2000. She bowled a near-yorker length and I contrived to convert it into one and was bowled. It made the headlines the next day.

Favourite venue from World Cup matches?
I like all the venues I scored runs in but I like Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom, where we played the 2005 semi-final against New Zealand, the best.

Favourite room-mate?
[Laughs] Jhulan [Goswami]. We shared rooms before the 2005 World Cup final.

Best meal you had at a World Cup?
In South Africa. We reached a week early and were catered by a Bangladeshi family who cooked Indian food for us. My favourite was chicken biryani.

Interview by Nishi Narayanan