Interview with Ranjib Biswal the ex- Cricketer and Manager of Indian Cricket Team, won 2011 World Cup. Interviewed by Rajesh Mahapatra, Sub-Editor, Orissabarta
Good Evening Sir and we are obliged to take your Interview and congrats for the Victory of World Cup Cricket in 2011 under your able Manegership
Ranjib:- Thanks and it is my pleasure.
May I Know your Personal Details (?)
Fine! I was born on 21st September, 1970 in Rajabagicha, Cuttack. My father is Late Basanta Biswal.
Could you please impart your Educational Background (?)
Ranjib:- I have graduated in B.A (Hons) from BJB College ,Bhubaneswar and M.A from St.Stephens College, Delhi University.
How you felt after winning the World Cup ,you have predicted earlier(?)
Ranjib:- It was great and awesome that after 28 long years we won the World Cup beating Sri Lanka.
We have seen you and teams were celebrating together after the win, would you like to give credit to any selective players of the team (?)
Ranjib:- Not at all. It was a team effort and each and every members of the team including co-staffs have shared their effort for this prestigious victory.
Do you Carry any glorious moments during the world Cup (?)
Ranjib:-Winning the world cup and holding it in our hands.
Why have you taken such bold step to retire as Manger of India after a grand success (?)
Ranjib:-For everything, there is a time and I had my time ,let some other to take the opportunity.
How would be associating yourself with cricket in present time(?)
Ranjib:- I will be continuing as a sports Administrator as I was doing before with IPL and Orissa Cricket Association as President.
What is your view on Orissa’s Cricketers poor representation in Senior India and IPL ,like other States, Maharastra,Karnataka,Delhi etc.
Ranjib:- Because of their performance.
Do you think Michael Bevan will be a better coach to bring more players to Senior National team? As an Australian, do you think his coaching technique will fit for our State(?)
Ranjib:-Yes, Of course. He is very experienced and having good International track record, most importantly coaching never vary with countries, technique always remain the same. With time he will bring more success to our state.
What do you do in Pastime and special hobby, if any (?)
Ranjib:- Reading books, listening Music and Sports. Regarding hobby, I am a Philatelist and used to collect stamps of different countries and my collection has expanded to 3.5 lakhs and more.
What is your cricketing Bio-Data as a Player(?)
Ranjib:- I have represented State in different cricketing events from 1983 to 1997. Represented East-Zone and National Trophy matches for more than13 years. I Represented India under 19 matches against Pakistan, New Zeeland. Captained Inida Uner-19 team against Pakistan played 4 test matches in India. Have Captained India Junior in Youth Asia Cup.
Could you please name some few renowned players were playing under your leadership (?)
Not to take credit if you are asking then, it was Sachin Tendulakar,Sourav Ganguly,Vinod Kambli,Ajaya Jadeja and Anil kumble.
Its great, May we know, Why had you not represented India Senior, like others played under you (?)
Ranjib:- It’s nothing but I had shifted my focus to politics.
What drove you to Politics and your Political Achievement(?)
Ranjib:- I joined Politics in the year 1996 and elected to 11th Lok sabha and in 1998 re-elected to 12th lok Sabha and now I am an active member with Pradesh Congress Committee.
About my political influence, it is because of my family and my father was a Congress Man and had remained as Dy.Chief Minister of Odisha.
Could you please site something on latest move from OCA to organize OPL (?)
Ranjib:-Orissa Premier League is all set to float in May,2011. All the proceedings from Franchise to Players have already been streamlined. Prime objective is to groom cricketers for future and to boost confidence in them.
Any message for cricketers in Odisha (?)
Play seriously and perform whenever getting opportunity.
As the Chief guest of Rourkela Premier League, what is your advise (?)
Ranjib:-Any initiation for the development of Cricket is Welcome and I wish them all Success to organize the same every year with full of Spirit.
Thanking you for your precious time you have spent with Orissabarta.
Ranjib:-Thank you very much.