In coversation with Rahul Dravid’s superfan – Bhawana Jarwal

Bhawana Jarwal (Credits: bhawnakohli5)
Bhawana Jarwal (Credits: bhawnakohli5)

Cricmaze continues the tradition of interviewing the fans – the biggest stakeholders of Cricket, who make the sport what it is. Today, we add another famous personality of Cricket Twitter to the list.

We have Bhawana Jarwal with us. As her Twitter bio tells, Bhawana is a die-hard cricket fan and is learning football at present. Apart from this, she has interest in fitness and it would be fair to call her a ‘fitness freak.’

In an interview with Cricmaze, Bhawana opens up about her passion for cricket, women’s IPL, her favourite cricketer and much more.

Firstly tell us about yourself, your passion for cricket and how you became a cricket fan? 

I am Bhawana, first of all I want to say thank you for this interview. I work as an accountant in the electricity board in Jaipur, Rajasthan. I love listening to music, am a little bit fitness freak, love playing and watching cricket (not a good one when it comes to playing cricket haha) and now I have started following football too, really enjoy watching it..

I first started watching cricket from 2002-03 CWC, was 6-7 years old at that time, reason being Rahul Dravid, huge fan since then. I didn’t understand anything about cricket but I really was quite disappointed after the loss in the final. From that day, I never left the Indian cricket team. It’s there, in my heart and I believe, it will always be. 

In 2008, when the IPL was announced, I was so excited that we got a team in the IPL Rajasthan Royals. Being a Rajasthani, I started supporting them and then we got Rahul Dravid, this was all I wanted. I am so emotionally attached to the Rajasthan Royals and it really feels like a family to me.

What is something that you have learnt watching cricket?

If you observe closely, there are lots of things you can learn from the game of cricket. I try to follow these in my life, some of them are:-

  – Staying Calm Under Tough Situations.

  – Team work.

  – Being Patient.

  – Expect the unexpected.

  – Practice to improve your weak areas.

  – Mistakes are common in life.

  – Life needs planning and preparation.

  – Being consistent is the only way to be successful over the longer term.

If you could change any one thing about cricket what would that be? 

Honestly, I wont change a thing in cricket. It is beautiful as it is. Hypothetically, I really want to see men and women playing in International matches as mixed gender matches. As I have read somewhere “women are not powerful enough to play with the men both, physically and mentally.” I just wanna prove him wrong someday, again, hypothetically.

Moment that you wish you had witnessed live (in the stadium)? 

I think we all know this answer, 2011 WC final.

Who’s your favourite cricketer and why? 

Rahul Dravid, I grew up watching him play. There’s this magic in his personality that draws you in. He has inspired me in many ways, he’s very patient and focused as we all have seen thousands of times, and has always been calm under pressure with a never give up spirit. He is honest, passionate, hard working, always dedicated to his work. All these things really inspire me to be a better person both in professional and personal life.

What are your views on the growth of women’s cricket in India?

Women’s growth in India has been unbelievable. The major turning point was the 2017 World Cup held in England, the run gave Indian fans lots of memories to cherish, since then, they have been playing some very good cricket and lots of youngsters coming to the system and many taking up the game.

Your thoughts on women’s IPL?

Women’s IPL has been a talking point in the last few years. It has been knocking the doors of the BCCI. I believe it will be ideal to start with 5 or 6 teams at first and move to more teams in future. International players will be turning up and need a different window as well for the schedule like Australia doing with BBL & WBBL.

Apart from cricket, which sports do you enjoy? 

I really like watching football these days. Though I’m still learning it, it is actually the most exciting and thrilling sport I’d say, you gotta give your 100% in those 90 minutes. Favourite club is Manchester United.

Your top three memories or moments from the world of cricket.

If I’ve to arrange it , my top 3 would be:

  1. India winning World Cup 2011
  2. India winning the Champions Trophy in 2013.
  3. RR winning the inaugural IPL title.

You could spend a day with any cricketer who would that be?

It has to be Rahul Dravid without a doubt. I really want to meet him, I would be more than happy even if it happens for a second. This is like my biggest dream, I have always imagined meeting him. A day with him, well this is something I cannot imagine but if it does happen anytime in my life, it would be the best, literally the best day of my life.

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