"When are you getting married?" First I say, "When I get married, I'll tell you." Then I've said, "I will get married to my cricket." Then I say, "I'll get married after my brother." Sometimes I just laugh. Obviously when I get married the whole world is going to know.
My first love is bowling. I would call myself a bowler who can bat. Nowadays every bowler knows how to bat. You have to bat all the way to Nos. 9 or 10. Like all bowlers, my batting is getting better. Now I'm feeling confident with big hitting. When batsmen hit me out of the park, it's good to have something to give back to the opposition by hitting one out of the park myself.
I remember two: against RP Singh in an IPL game in Cuttack, maybe in 2010. I think it went out of stadium - either 102m or 110m. The other, off Ben Hilfenhaus, went to the second tier of the SCG, more than 100 metres, off a pull shot.
I called and asked if he'd seen it, [telling him] that it had been bigger than one of his. He said he'd seen it, and it wasn't really that far, and besides Sydney was a good ground to hit shots like those.
Definitely Sir Viv. I've watched his videos, and I think he would have been outstanding in Twenty20 cricket.
You know, he liked to take the inswing ball on his pads and flick it over midwicket or square leg… never mind, I would just be happy to bowl to him.
Because that's not me. I previously thought tattoos were of mehendi/henna [made of natural dyes], that only women would put designs on their hands and feet, but now I know that's not true.
I'm not judging them because of their tattoos. People are different. Sreesanth works differently from me, Umesh [Yadav] has a tattoo and he's a nice guy. You don't know a person's story by their having a tattoo, do you? Why judge?
I wish I could bowl more than four overs, especially if I am bowling well. Actually, I like T20 cricket. Everyone says, "Oh you don't need to have skills". I don't agree. In four overs you have to treat every ball like an over. Sometimes you get physically more tired in 20 overs than 50 overs. In T20 you need to up your skills all the time, be on top of your game.
"My mother is my hero. She is a very strong woman. She has had health issues but is the pillar of the house. I think of her as a vast ocean who has taken in all the pain and difficulty so she can look after us"
Tea and omlette, that's all I can make. Nothing else. The rest I eat.
Four full plates of my mom's biryani. What you get outside, in restaurants - it's no comparison. I had come back home after a tour, I asked my mom to cook biryani, and I made sure my stomach was empty.
We used to be kite-flying champions, kite-catching champions. I loved it. There's a lot of technique involved. I've once fallen ten feet off a low terrace because I was looking up at the sky. The last time I was involved in the kite festival was two years ago. What I don't like about it is that the thread cuts your hand. It's really tough to eat after that, because it stings your hands.
My mother is my hero. She is a very strong woman. She has had health issues, but is the pillar of the house. I think of her as a vast ocean who has taken in all the pain and difficulty so she can look after us. She is my hero, and my dad too, of course. Among sportsmen, Muhammad Ali.
That we were really proud of him. It was more than words. But I did say it was great that there was at least one Pathan in the World Cup-winning side.
Make sure I stay away from him for the next few days, keep my mouth shut and don't say anything.
We tried a long time ago as kids. Not anymore. He'd beat me hands down. He is way stronger.
Not cry, but yes, I get emotional - like [while watching] Seven Pounds or The Pursuit of Happyness, the Will Smith films. That's where I came close. Now I have more control over my emotions, I think. I don't get crazily happy or crazily sad. When we beat Kolkata Knight Riders three years ago, and I won Man of the Match after hitting three sixes or so, I would have been jumping. But now I was very calm and controlled.
Ashu bhai [Nehra]. I really believe that.
Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo