From the time I can remember, I would be doing things like throwing up pebbles and hitting them with a stick. By the age of six I was at the coaching camp at the Queen's Park Cricket Club in Trinidad. And it was there that it all began.
Whenever Dwayne played Under-15 or U-19, my dad and I would try and watch him. Sometimes I'd have a game to play myself. But I quickly realised that this was what I wanted to do with my life.
I'm someone who tries to speak to the players of the past so I can understand what West Indies cricket is all about and what it means to people back home. I try to get as much as I can when I meet the legends.
I've had one or two conversations with Sir Viv, and a couple with Sir Garry as well. Those guys have inspired me. They've spoken to me about batting and building an innings. I ask them how West Indies cricket was back then, compared to now.
When he was playing, and even now, I've always looked at the way Brian batted. These days it's on Youtube. He was obviously my hero and role model and someone I look up to. I can remember games I stopped watching once he was out. I've been really lucky that we're so close.
The way he went about his batting was like watching a movie. He'd often give the first half hour to the bowlers and then do his thing. He usually hit the ball exactly where he wanted to.
At the end of the day, I didn't start playing cricket with money on my mind. It's something I love, a part of me. There is a lot of money going around in the shortest form of the game. Yes, we have to live and support our families, and we need money for that. But cricket is what counts.
That's my ultimate goal, and I hope I can achieve that.
I've had different coaches at different age-group levels. They've all given me good advice. But it's ultimately up to you how you shape your game.
"I've learnt that there was a lot of passion and pride in representing West Indies. It's not that the team today can't compete. But back then they probably believed in their ability a bit more"
When I'm playing well, I can dominate any bowling. I have decent concentration and I know when to go on the attack. But I'm still young and learning my trade.
It's been great to be part of this World Cup and not just because it's my first. The first of many, I hope. We all know how fanatical Indian supporters are where cricket is concerned. It's the No. 1 sport and it's been great to see the excitement about the World Cup. I've enjoyed every minute of it and I'm sure it's something I'll look back on.
To be really honest, I never sat down and studied. I was always playing and I hoped that I could make it in cricket. Cricket was always my priority. I never represented teams at other sports, but I do play a bit of table tennis and basketball.
It's important to take your mind away from the game sometimes. I like to go shopping, and party now and then. I like spending time with family and making people laugh.
The most important thing for me when those guys walk out to bat is the numbers on the scoreboard, all that they have achieved. That touches me. It's nice to know that if you go out there and give it everything, you too can be like that. At team meetings, those kind of names always come up. They can dominate games. One day, I'd like teams to think of me the same way. Hopefully, that will be the case.
Dileep Premachandran is an associate editor at ESPNcricinfo