'Standing out for in-depth coverage'

Mithali Raj is now the most capped woman cricketer in ODIs.   -  AP

The first impression of The Sportstar magazine was when I saw it in the hands of a senior player more than two decades ago. And, ever since then, even as I tried to be a complete player, there seems to be a conscious and constant effort to ensure that the magazine is well and truly a complete one too — covering every discipline with the same emphasis and focus.

Honestly, the passion with which I play my game — I can see a similarity in the way the magazine is being brought out every time, also taking the quality of reporting to the next level in every issue. As a cricketer, I too look for this kind of improvement always. The magazine covers athletes of all disciplines — the young, the talented and the established stars.

In the early days of television when very few matches were shown whether it was in cricket, hockey, badminton or table tennis and the general sports coverage was minimal, it was The Sportstar which stood out for its in-depth coverage.

The articles truly brought out the emotions of the sportspersons and how they felt during certain crucial situations. The insights are always interesting.

Well, as far as craze for posters from Sportstar is concerned, I treasured those of Sachin Tendulkar and Pete Sampras.

Frankly, I am thrilled and excited to be part of this magazine’s journey and I deem it a privilege to be featured in this premier sports magazine.

(As told to V.V. Subrahmanyam)

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