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‘I’m brutally frank’: Krishnamachari Srikkanth

Soma Basu
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Krishnamachari Srikkanth
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Krishnamachari Srikkanth

The Proust Questionnaire is a fortnightly feature that alternates with the Saturday interview. This questionnaire was administered by Soma Basu

These questions were most famously answered by the French writer Marcel Proust, whose personality-revealing responses came to define this form of celebrity confession.

What is your idea of happiness?

Happiness is relative. For me happiness comes from friends. People around me should be happy, that makes me happy.

What is your greatest fear?

Fear tends to change from time to time. It is just like desire. What fears I had probably as a 15-year-old, I have at 52 also. It is all about how we overcome our fears.

Which living person do you most admire?

It is difficult to name just one. If you ask me in sports, Bjorn Borg, Gundappa Viswanath, Viv Richards, Dennis Lillee and Sachin Tendulkar… there are more.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I am a brutally frank person — to the point of being rude to others. My over-confidence is sometimes taken as arrogance. I guess I need to keep this trait under check.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

I don’t like arrogance in others either.

What is your greatest extravagance?

To give genuine compliments directly.

What is your favourite journey?

I hate travelling. I am not a great holidayer. But yes, one day I would like to go to the Himalayas.

Who is your favourite painter?

I am not a great lover of art either. But I do admire the work of sculptors.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Being true to yourself or to your spouse. Human tendency is to keep telling your spouse ‘I love you’ even if you really don’t mean it.

On what occasion do you lie?

Sometimes you exaggerate your feelings or emotions to make the other person happy.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?

Oh! There are so many things I do not like about my appearance. I wish I was more handsome.

Which living person do you most despise?

I have come to a stage in life where I feel we should not despise anybody. I do not hate anybody and I am happy.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I always say have ‘lot of belief in your self’. And while playing, I always used to say ‘fortune prefers the brave’.

What is your greatest regret?

When I look back at my stint as a captain of the Indian team, I have only one regret. On the eve of the Pakistan tour, I was over-confident and behaved arrogantly in front of the media. I should not have smoked on television during a press interaction.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My wife Vidya. For the next births, I would like to marry her.

When and where were you happiest?

I was probably the happiest as a school kid. School days are the best. You are carefree, you have a fantastic circle of close friends. As you keep growing, you go on adding responsibilities. And even if you are happy discharging your duties and responsibilities, it is never and not the same kind of emotions.

What is your present state of mind?

I’m totally confused. I don’t know where I stand in life. I don’t know what I want from life.

How would you like to die?

I was born and raised in Chennai, and would like to die in Chennai.

What is your favourite motto?

Love people, and never hate anybody. Always believe love is the most important energy in life.

Krishnamachari Srikkanth is the chairman of the Selection Committee of the Indian cricket team. The stylish opening batsman was also the captain of the Indian team in 1989. He is remembered for his swashbuckling innings, best suited for one-day matches. He was the first Indian player to score a half-century and pick up five wickets in an ODI — it was against New Zealand in 1988. His sharp reflexes and free scoring made him a popular player through the 1980s. He retired from international cricket in 1993 after playing 43 test matches for India and 146 one-dayers. He has had a successful stint as coach of India ‘A’ team after retirement.


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KS is a brutal...and he is brutally frank that he is brutal...yes he is a confused mind...

from:  geet
Posted on: Sep 16, 2012 at 16:49 IST

Srikanth's motto would give him the energy and meaning for his life
with that his confusions would disappear.Actually this should be the motto of all.The readers would sure to remember the famous poem in
Our tamil classic Purnanura written by Kaniyan Poonganranar
which runs as follws
Yadhum oorey,Yavarum Keleer
Theedhum Nandrum Pirar thara vaara
nothalum Thanidhalum avatroranna
Sadalum pudhuvadhanrey Vazdhal
Inidhenna Magizdhaneru ilam.......
Periyorai Viyathalum elam,
Siriyorai egazdhal adhaninum elam"

This kind of equanimity we must have
as a motto and also as a meaning to our lives.
These lines from Poet Poonkunranar
read and re-read ought to recast destiny of

from:  seshachalam gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Sep 16, 2012 at 08:40 IST

on his present state of mind Srikanth said"I am totally confused.I don't
know where I stand in Life. I don't know what I want form life." The best Opener who had given fresh Life to cricket in all formats is very true to himself by this question which would open the lives of many in
every field of activity.Will Durant tried to get the answer for this
question in his famous book "On the meaning of Life"published many years ago.He had put ten questions and tried to get the answers fro great men in every field,including Mahatma Gandhi,Nehru,Russel etc. He had brought out this book with answers from them. Srikanth would be really getting an answer if he could get hold of that book and go
through it with his confused mind in the back ground.He could then
train many in the field having such confusions.

from:  seshachalam gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Sep 15, 2012 at 13:09 IST

If he is brutally frank how is he able to head a selection committee in such a massively corrupt and opaque organization like BCCI?

For example, does he have the guts to ask Tendulkar to vacate his place for an aspiring youngster?

from:  prasanna
Posted on: Sep 15, 2012 at 05:29 IST

Hello Srikkanth , well said- Love everyone and it will be a happy world. I could see a heart
in you and for sure by everyone around you .

from:  Sundar rengaswamy
Posted on: Sep 15, 2012 at 02:40 IST

Great and a very cool guy. I still remember when everyone was sulking on the result of a tie on a test match against Australia he went and told the team that we are part of history and should indeed celebrate. Which is very true winning or losing a match, no would have remembered the result whereas tie is such a rare thing to happen. His contribution to 1983 World cup (38 runs I guess) and the improvised forward drive on a short pitched ball from Andy Roberts are unforgettable. Truly a rare breed and class apart.

from:  Raghav
Posted on: Sep 15, 2012 at 01:46 IST

" What is your present state of mind?

I’m totally confused. I don’t know where I stand in life. I don’t know what I want from life. "

The most honest thing I've ever heard. Coming from a 52 year old person, it's kind of unsettling .. but it reassures me as a fairly young person =P

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Sep 15, 2012 at 01:01 IST

Chennai has great personalities from Srikanth to Viswanathan Anand. It is a cultural hub, cosmopolitan in outlook and houses great monuments and given births to great citizens of the world. Mr.Srikanth is one such great citizen of the world who has made chennai proud. The answer to the question about his wife that he wants her to be his wife in all janmas speaks about his value system. Not many of his stature can say that. People like him inspire chennaites like us to do well in our profession. They teach us whatever be the profession do the profession proud by being the best. I am proud to say that I am able to do the same in my own way ( my country proud being a teacher in a foreign land). I love my country and that love increases immensely when we found citizens like Mr.Srikanth.

from:  dhastagir
Posted on: Sep 14, 2012 at 22:23 IST

he was good nature and that's why he strikes BCCI.

from:  VINOD
Posted on: Sep 14, 2012 at 21:25 IST

I like Srikkanth for many reasons, specially his Devil-may-care
attitude. His unorthodox shots are not in any Cricket manual.
I remember Gavaskar hitting his own forehead seeing one of Srikkanth's

But, to call Srikkanth 'Stylish', as the report has done, is too,too

from:  Veevip Sarathy
Posted on: Sep 14, 2012 at 21:16 IST

One of my friends knows Krish Srikanth told he is a frank person, but there is NO need to come out with answers to idiotic queries posed; we all know that in any post we suffer pressures to yield and in cricket selection, it is much more so ! Money power also holds a key - Sri is not involved but cannot stop either;I feel sad!

from:  Radhik Hairam
Posted on: Sep 14, 2012 at 17:58 IST
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