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Interview with Abhijit Joshi...

What are you looking forward to most in this tournament?
Playing in New Zealand will not only be an incredible experience, but also, a learning hand for me. Playing against some of the best youth cricketers in this prestigious World Cup is something I will never forget in my life.

Abhijit Joshi batting during the ICC Under-19 tournament in Canada, earlier this year. (Photo by Shiek Mohamed)

Tell us about the first time you put on a USA cap?
It was a gloomy day in Fort Lauderdale. The date of the ICC U15 Americas Cup was August 2006. I was thirteen and very anxious about the fact that I was representing the USA. What if I messed up? Will I ever play for the USA again? But after a quick talk with my coach, Mr. Clayton Lambert, I felt a little less anxious. As soon as I stepped on the field, I gave it all I had, and felt my nervousness turn into enjoyment. From there I knew there was no looking back.

Have you met any of your cricket heroes?

I have met Rahul Dravid in 2007 in India.

Where do you see USA finishing in the ICC Under-19 Tournament?
Finishing in the top seven or eight, I think, would be a realistic goal. This would mean that USA would be better ranked than half the countries that are participating in the tournament. However, getting into the semis or the even the final would be a dream come true.

Do you have any particular goals you want to achieve in your career?
To play this sport I love for as long as I can.

Who have been the biggest influences on you as a player?
My parents have been my biggest influence. They have always supported me whether it is in cricket or anything else.

Who is your idol growing up?
My father, who is the best coach on the field, and the best dad off the field.

Do you have a curfew?

Do you have a nickname?
Abhi, Josh Dogg

What other sport do you play?
Table Tennis, Basketball, Football (Soccer), and all other sports. I love sports!

What other sport would had prefer to play beside cricket?
Cricket is the best sport, but if for some reason I had to choose another, then probably umpiring, as it is the closest you actually get to playing..... On a real note, I would choose Table Tennis (Ping-Pong).

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