I play cricket because I love it. The day I feel I'm not giving my 100%, that will be the last day of my cricket.
You lose a lot of hair - especially when you are an opening batsman! Like [Virender] Sehwag, I'm losing my hair left, right and centre. Cricket has giving me everything but it is taking away all my hair.
Virender Sehwag, Munaf Patel, Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma. People outside always feel I'm reserved, but when I'm with these guys I'm the only one speaking. I'm very comfortable with each of them and all of them are special to me.
Sehwag. He thinks about the team. The way he gives others confidence, his character, and the way he approaches his cricket and life is an inspiration.
The army remains still my first love. When I was growing up I was always passionate about joining the armed forces. But once I started doing well in domestic cricket and everyone started to tell me to focus on my game, that's when I decided to concentrate on my cricket. But given a choice, even now I would like to join the army.
If they can create a homely atmosphere, nothing like it.
Some of the Australian grounds are nasty.
I love playing in Mohali. I love the attitude of the local people and I enjoy that very much.
Australia. Everything about the place, people, conditions is good, which makes it a hot spot. And you want to challenge yourself there.
I haven't ever tasted alcohol of any kind.
Very often. Given an option, every game they would like to ask for at least one ticket.
One comment that made me turn a lot of things around came from Ricky Ponting during the Bangalore Test last year. He said, "You haven't [yet] set the world on fire." That was something I took seriously, and it helped me do well.
Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo. This article was first published in The Wisden Cricketer. Subscribe here