Interview with Dipika Pallikal

UntitledOn our surprise meeting with Dipika to deliver her pre-birthday gifts, we had the chance to ask her a few questions on behalf of you guys, our fans, to get some first hand information on Dipika’s career and interests. Here it goes:

1) Hi Dipika. How would you describe yourself?

“I am a family girl. I am the youngest of 3 sisters so I’m pampered to the core! I’ve always been into sport since I joined school. Be it basketball, track & field or any sport, I would be the first one to sign up for all the sports in school.”

2) When did you realize that Squash was the sport you were going to take up professionally as a career?

“May be after I won my first tournament at the age of 11! Once I won that tournament I knew I wanted to be involved in squash! ”

3) How is your life in and around the game of squash?

“Squash is my life now. I don’t think I can see myself doing anything other than squash. It has given me everything what I have today. I love the whole travelling bit and meeting new people.”

4) Which is your favorite venue?

“Definitely the Glass court up at the grand Central in New York! ”

5) What are the aspects of your game that you think you’ve had to work on or change to become one of the world’s best squash players?

“You learn something new everyday. I’ve worked really hard on everything really. To become the best you can’t leave any stone unturned so I try and work continuously on every aspect of the game”

6) What advice would you like to give the next generation of Squash players who are looking to make a name for them on the International stage?

“I think the most important thing is to believe and have faith in your abilities. Half the battle is won from within yourself.”

7) How has it been to be a part of the Sports365 family?

“It is really great to be associated with the Sports365 family. With Sports365, we have set out to actively contribute towards driving a sort of Sporting Revolution in India and I am proud of this. Working with Mahesh, Yuvraj & Lara and the Sports Crazy team of Sports365 has been a wonderful experience for me. In a very short span of time, our online sports store has emerged as a premier online sports shop in India offering 10,000+ sports products at very affordable prices. It is gives me immense satisfaction when I get to read positive feedback and thank you notes from sports enthusiasts from smaller cities and towns for making good quality sports goods available to them.”

Some fun facts about Dipika:

If I wasn’t a squash player, I would have been…?

A Tennis player

Favorite Sports (other than Squash)

Tennis

Favorite Movie?

Recently, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Favorite Song?

Anything from Adele

Favorite Food?

Thai

Favorite Indian Sports Person?

P T Usha

Favorite International Sports Person?

Roger Federer

Kimi’s return to Scuderia – The right tonic for Ferrari or may be not?

The long awaited move finally came in when Ferrari announced that Kimi will make a come-back to Scuderia with a 2 year deal starting next season. F1 fans will get to see two world champions – Kimi and Alonso, driving the Ferraris in the next season and this thought itself makes the 2014 season a block buster in making.

'Fire' and 'Ice' - A deadly combination !
‘Fire’ and ‘Ice’ – A deadly combination !

This announcement itself is historic for the legendary team as last time it fielded two world champions was way back in early 1950s when Ascari and Farina drove together. Shows how desperate the team is to break the Red Bull domination and come back into the recknoning.

Most people – fans & experts, are of the view that Kimi might just bring in the spark that Ferrari needs to revive itself. Ironic for a man who is nick-named the ‘Ice Man’! There is a merit in this view given Ferrai’s current situation. They have not been the best team over last few seasons, something that the prancing horse is not used to. The domination of Red Bulls with Sebastian Vettel at helm has been one of the major reasons. Despite a formidable line-up comprising Alonso and Massa, Ferrari has been just about above average. They definitely needed a new burst of energy to revive them and the Finn might just be that. Kimi comes to Ferrari after hugely successful stint at Lotus wherein he posted 20+ consecutive in-point finish.

There is another school of thought as well. Sceptics have reasons to believe that the combination of ‘Ice’ and ‘Fire’ might actually NOT work for Scuderia. Alonso is known to be extremely aggressive and ambitious and has never been comfortable with any position other than top/preferred driver within the team. When challenged by Lewis Hamilton in Lewis’ debut season, Alonso had a very ugly break up with the team which led to his move to Renault. On the other hand, though Kimi is a man of few words, his ambitions are also not limited and he would love to gun for his second world championship in 2014 riding on a back of very good form. Managing the expectations between the two drivers would be the single biggest challenge for Scuderia going forward. Not a great thing for a team when it is eyeing a revival. While the team boss Luca Di Montezemolo has always maintained that the team is bigger than the drivers, he surely is up for a hard time in the next season.

Who proves to be right, only time will tell. For now, F1 fans all over the globe are celebrating this announcement and salivating at the prospect of seeing Alonso and Kimi – the deadly combo of Fire and ice, ride alongside in the scarlet red Ferraris. For this reason only, 2014 season might turn out to be the most awaited season in the history of the sport.

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Athletes paying tribute to their coaches

Today being teachers day, we have put together a few quotes made by professional athletes on those who have positively influenced their careers. Check them out below:

 

Sachin Tendulkar on his coach Ramakant Achrekar

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Sachin Tendulkar and Ramakant Achrekar

One evening after a game Achrekar asked Sachin how many runs he had scored in the game. Taken aback, Tendulkar told him that he did not play the game and was clapping and cheering the team. Then came a slap which shattered his myth. His lunch box fell on the ground and he realised what mistake he had committed. Achrekar told him firmly `don’t just clap for others, play for yourself and concentrate on your batting’.
Sachin had to say this about the incident. “That incident changed my life and whatever I am today is because of his coaching and match practices encouraged by Achrekar Sir.”

 

Lionel Messi on his mentor Diego Maradona

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“Many years ago when I first started my career, Maradona told me ‘enjoy and play as you know. Don’t let the rest of the world affect you’ and that’s stayed with me ever since and is the best advice I’ve been given.”

 

Thierry Henry and his coach/mentor Arsene Wenger

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“After my first season with Arsenal in 2000, the boss told me, ‘Nobody has enough talent to live on talent alone. Even when you have talent, a life without work goes nowhere.’ After this, I went on to score more than 20 goals per season for 7 years straight. That’s how influential his words were to me.”

 

Saina Nehwal on her coach Pullela Gopichand

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“Pullela Gopichand once told me, ‘Saina, you are a champion and can win many titles for India, and change the scene of badminton here.’ I am so happy that whatever he said is coming true today.”

 

Lee Chong Wei on his coach Misbun Sidek

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“When i was 19, Misbun told me ‘A champion is alone. All the hard work you put in is set toward your individual goals. Don’t worry about what others think, Just focus on yourself.”

 

Michael Jordan on his coach Bobby Knight

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“Bobby Knight once asked me, ‘What do you think separates you from the rest?’. I asked, ‘Is it having the winning mentality?’. Then he said, ‘The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is most important.”

 

Pankaj Advani on his mentor and brother Shree Advani

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“My brother use to keep telling me, ‘I say this to all my athletes. You started playing the game because you enjoy it. Don’t ever forget why you started playing it in the first place. Extrinsic rewards sometimes ruin intrinsic motivation.”

Gerber Compact Multi Tool – A great companion for hiking/camping

Bear Grylls, Man v/s Wild fame, is a iconic name and every outdoor enthusiasts would love to do everything that he does and carry everything that he carries for his adventures. While, it is difficult to attempt everything that he does owing to the risk/complexities involved, it might be very easy to atleast have those cool gears that he carries for his survival. Gerber Outdoor Gear has an extensive range of tools, survival kit and adventure gear conceptualized and designed by Bear Grylls. And, all of them are available at www.Sports365.in !

One such wonderful tool is Gerber Compact Tool. Any outdoor enthusiast is guaranteed to fall in love with this little gadget.

Gerber Compact Multi Tool
Gerber Compact Multi Tool

Astonishingly, it is small enough for a keychain or pocket. yet packs a big punch when you need it most. For example, it is the only compact multi-tool with two full size blades on it.

The list of features is endless:

  • 10 Components
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Fine Edge Knife
  • Serrated Knife
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Small Flat Driver
  • Medium Flat Driver
  • Lanyard Ring
  • Bottle Opener
  • Tweezers
  • External components and nail nicks for easy access
  • Priorities of Survival – Pocket guide contains Bear’s survival essentials

This amazing multi-tool is available on Sports365.in at Rs 1,600 only. Click here for more details.

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