Dhoni has always stood by me - Manpreet Gony

Hits and Misses of Gony A tall, well-built right-arm seamer who likes to hit the deck, Manpreet Gony forced his way in the Indian oneday team through strong performances in 2008 Indian Premier League.

His form during the second IPL wasn't as good and he fell out of national reckoning. However, after gaining triumph over his shortcomings, he is ready to prove himself at the international level.


Q. Tells us something about your comeback plans into the Indian team?
I am very confident about the comeback and have shifted entire focus on improving my line and length. I owe my success to many, so meeting everyone’s expectations is my moral duty. MS Dhoni has
always stood by me and he even feels that I should be a regular member of the Indian team. Due to the negligence I couldn’t live upto Mahi’s hope. These days, bowling plentiful deliveries is the primary concern and with the help of good performance in the Ranji Trophy, I am confident of my return in team India.
Q. How was your feeling when you wore the Indian jersey for the first time?
It was like a dream come true. We all play only for this day. When I heard about my selection for the Bangladesh tour and the Asia Cup, I thought someone had joked with me but after hearing the same piece of news from the BCCI, I felt amazed and happy. Thereafter my family had a party which was full of fun and enjoyment.

Q. Who is the helping hand behind your success?
Without any second thought, I am obliged to my wife. I was about to quit this game but she kept on motivating me to give myself another chance. She has sacrificed a lot to fulfill my dreams. I am proud of her contributions. Even birth of our son brought us the much required luck.
Q. Competitive cricket and its busy schedule have increased pressure on the players. How do you cope up with such situations?
It is not an easy task to deal with the demands of the present day cricket. However, spending time with my family and friends keep me fresh and relax. Staying at home also eases pressure.
Q. Which is your favourite area at home?
I love my bedroom. It is the place where I can lay down and watch TV, which is comforting.
Q. You have played a lot of IPL matches with MS Dhoni. How would you define him?
Peaceful, trustworthy and patient are the three best qualities of MS Dhoni. He is like a supportive system for the youngsters in the team. Whenever I was hit for a boundary, he always use to pat my back and say that it was one of the excellent delivery which went for runs due to the batsman excellence. He also added that I should concentrate on good line and length and wait for the batsman to make some mistake which in return will turn into wickets. This kind of support helped me to be the bowler of my kind. Mahi is completely different off the field. We all sit in his room and enjoy like anything and all of us even dine together. All in all MS Dhoni has an incredible personality.
Q. How would you rate IPL?
It is the golden opportunity for the youngsters to prove their caliber in front of the whole world. Performances over here don’t go unnoticed. Unlike before, now young Turks don’t vanish with the passage of time. IPL has created a platform where lesser known players are given a chance to play with the greats of this game from the world over.
Q. You are one of those cricketer who has good fan following. How do you handle such things?
I don’t fly with the success. One shouldn’t forget his background and struggling days. To be very frank with you, I have learnt this quality from Mahi.
Q. If Gony is given another chance, whom he would like to be?
If it happens, I would like to be second Waqar Younis. He was the master of fast and swing bowling who received lot of love from every section of the society.
Q. What do you have to say about team India’s chances for the upcoming World Cup in the sub-continent?
India has the best combo of batting and bowling at the moment and performance wise they are one of the best units in the world. Events like World Cup brings out hundred percent from each player of the squad so don’t be surprised if India repeat the success of 1983.



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