"Cricket is the religion of our nation." I am an Indian and I love my country. I grew up playing cricket on the streets and have been following cricket since I was a kid. Cricket is a passion, it's a religion, it's a way of life! I started playing cricket when I was 12. I think it was the competitiveness and the fact that the game always came down to the last few overs that drew me to the game. Crick made me a better person. It taught me a lot about respect and sportsmanship. It also made me more disciplined. I think it is because I had to train and play hard in order to win. My family always supported me and encouraged me to do well, even if they didn't understand the game. Of course, they now love watching me play on TV.