Cricket didn’t take much time to influence me, and I set my eyes on the leather and timber at a very early age, thanks to my dear and near ones who gave me the free hand to experience the beautiful sport. My biggest dream blossomed when I stroked the first delivery in the streets of K.K. Nagar, Chennai, where I grew among some well-read people. I chose Cricket as a language to communicate with the people around me.
I’m indeed blessed to don my school Adarsh, college R.K.M. Vivekananda, state Tamil Nadu, and Indian jersey; this certainly opened avenues to connect with a wider community – I’m indebted to every individual who trusted my abilities and groomed me in the most challenging atmospheres, yet made it congenial.
Sports have been a dynamic cog in enabling me to unleash my potential and keep upgrading both on and off the turf. I truly believe in continuous learning, and here I’m, yearning to hold a longer partnership with my wider community to make our tomorrow better than today. Come take strike with me!
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The journey so far
Purpose became Brand
Donning the Tamil Nadu jersey for the first time, and became a household name of TN
Dream came true
Emerged in to the international scene right after striking a successful Ranji Trophy season, a notable double hundred just a day before the big call
The Golden Ticket
Donning the yellow jersey “Chennai Super Kin gs” to represent the 46+ lakhs cricket fanatics from Chennai
Pushing the boundaries
boundaries’ Earning the ODI and T20I call to represent the Men in Blue | Held a 300 run partnership with the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar in the 3rd Test match against Australia | Launching in a grand style with the first test debut hundred (139) against Australia, with the master blaster as his companion when the dream came true.
Pride of Chennai
Unanimously adjudged player of the final for a breezy 52 balls, 95 runs against RCB, assuring the silverware for CSK
New Brand of Cricket
Emerged as the most successful and dependable Indian opener in Test Cricket | Holds the highest partnership with Pujara for the second wicket in test cricket, Against Australia in 2013 | Holds the highest 1st wicket partnership of 289 runs stand with Dhawan at the Punjab Cricket Association, against Australia | Scoring the second test hundred against the mighty Oz with a career best of 167 runs. | Third test century (153) didn’t take much time, right after seeing twelve moons against the same opponents, Australia
Making it a habit – Dependable
Scoring the most runs in Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Test Series 2014/15 | Notching the first overseas hundred (146) against England on their soil when the young Indian side toured England for a four test series | Five months down the line, launched his second overseas hundred (144) against Australia at Brisbane, that takes the overall century count to number five | Raising the Indian flag high by crafting a striking 95 against England at the home of cricket, Lords, registering a historic test victory to keep the series live.
Honoring the opportunity
Crafting a fine made 72 runs in a ODI series to secure the series win for men in blue | Registering the third overseas test century (150) against Bangladesh, making over 32% of the total team score in a one-off test series
No grit, No Story
Taking the captaincy baton to transform the merits of KXIP | Holds the second highest 2nd wicket partnership of 209 runs stand with Pujara at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, against England | Adding two centuries (126 & 136) against England, taking the total number of centuries to eight.
Accelerating the Rhythm
Joined the elite list of Indian Openers (Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag) to have scored maximum hundreds in test cricket as an opener | Another successful year with three test centuries (108 against Bangladesh, 128 & 155 against Sri Lanka). Made a strong come back after the surgery with a back to back hundred against Sri Lanka, proving his mettle and his stamping his authority as the most dependable test opener.
Another feather in the cap
Dashing back in to the Lion’s den, CSK for the 11th IPL edition