Kieron Pollard. We both grew up playing at the Under-13, U-15 and U-19 level. We went on to represent West Indies together. He understands the game very well. Whenever we bat together, we always have a pretty good partnership. He is someone that I really enjoy batting with.
I think Saeed Ajmal, the offspinner from Pakistan, was difficult. Wahab Riaz is very aggressive. On his day he is unplayable, you can't get the better of him. He is someone you have to keep an eye on.
Everyone who knows me knows that I like to hit straight. I believe in playing with the full face of the bat, which gives you a better chance to capitalise. Whenever I go for a big shot, I tend to target the straight boundaries.
I remember going to the Queen's Park Oval when West Indies were playing England. I sat on the cycle track. They invited [boys from] the Santa Cruz Cricket Club's coaching clinic, where I am from, to watch a game at the Queen's Park Oval. I think that's my first memory.
The first time I remember meeting Brian Lara was when he broke the world record the first time - the 375. They were opening the Brian Lara ground in Santa Cruz. We were all there waiting on him.
Other than being a world-class batsman, what I most admire about him is the fact that when I am not doing well at my game, I can pick up my phone to message or call him and he is always willing to give advice. Whenever he gives me advice, I am guaranteed to score runs in the next innings. He is always my go-to guy when I am under pressure. On any given day, he will just message to find out if everything is okay, not only cricket-related. He is always looking out for me and I appreciate that.
"Before I started playing, my goal was to play 100 Test matches, which is something I want to achieve"
The 195 was my first Test hundred. When I was on 175, the coach sent a message: you have four overs to get your double-hundred otherwise we are going to declare. I needed 11 runs in the last over. I think I hit a six off the second ball, after which Shivnarine Chanderpaul came down the wicket and said, "Hey you need to get to your double-hundred this over." I sort of panicked. I tried to go for another six. In hindsight I should have taken my time. I am sure the coach would have given me another over.
My first Test hundred at my home ground, Queen's Park Oval. It was against New Zealand again.
West Indies v India: I think it was a water break and I believe Sachin [Tendulkar] was batting. One of the groundsmen came to paint the crease. I am not sure whether he was seeing Sachin close-up for the first time, but he actually fainted on the field.
I think I tell better jokes.
My phone, medication, and the book Driven From Within by Michael Jordan.
Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose and Shane Warne.
Before I started playing, my goal was to play 100 Test matches, which is something I want to achieve.
I have hit him for a couple of sixes. He got me out on a few occasions as well. We always have a good battle. I think he is a fantastic bowler.
I don't think I am the strongest at it. I don't like to play it early in my innings. But as the innings progresses, I can play it comfortably.
I can't teach Chris Gayle anything! I only wish him all the best. I think when he is focused, he is very dangerous.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84