Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

External Affairs Minister (EAM) Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is one of the world’s best diplomats. He is popular for his skillful diplomacy, tough negotiating tactics and strategic vision. 

Like almost every Indian, he is also an ardent cricket fan. His cricketing acumen is superb. His brilliant analogy of cricket impresses many experts recently. 

Besides, he often uses cricketing stuffs as metaphors to describe many complex issues in simpler manner.

At a recent conversation during Rising India Summit, Jaishankar revealed about the best three cricketers across the globe.

The External Affairs Minister said Virender Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and James Anderson are his favourite cricketers. And, it is because of their attacking skills, calmness and endurance.

“If I have to pick three best cricketers at the top of my head, definitely they are Virender Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and James Anderson,” said Jaishankar.

“I like Sehwag because of his attacking instinct. He takes the game to the opposition. I also like Dhoni as he is found always strategizing till the last ball in the game. He also knows how to be cool under pressure,” he added.

The Union Minister also hailed England veteran pacer James Anderson for his endurance and fitness.

“To be a fast bowler in the international level at that age around 40 is really a tough task. That’s for me is perseverance, endurance and fitness,” said Jaishankar.

Earlier during Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, Jaishankar had also invoked an interesting cricket analogy.

“With Captain (PM) Modi, the net practice starts 6 in the morning and goes on till fairly late...He expects you to take that wicket if he gives you the chance to do it,” Jaishankar had said showing his passion for cricket.