Sharath in search of a ‘six-pack’

The senior paddler has won many accolades, but he is unhappy about his inability to sport a washboard abs.

 

Most memorable sporting moment

The two gold medals from the 2006 Melbourne CWG.

 

Worst sporting moment

When I tore my hamstring during the World Championship in 2015 and had to take a break for nearly six months.

 

Sporting heroes

Roger Federer, P. Gopi Chand, M.S. Dhoni.

 

Favourite venue.

India for international tournaments. I’ve always done well for India in India

 

A sports event you would pay the most to watch.

Wimbledon, EPL or Champions League football at Manchester United, NBA games.

 

Motto in sports

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

 

Funniest fan mail/proposal

At the 2006 Melbourne Games, after winning the gold medal in singles, two teenaged girls came up to me yelling “Marry me!”

 

Your greatest fear

What will I do after I finish my career as a player.

 

The trait in you that you deplore the most

I am very aggressive on the table and very subtle outside.

The trait in others that you deplore the most

To be aggressive in life.

What do you consider the most over-rated virtue?

Self-promotion.

What do you dislike the most about your appearance?

My inability to have a six-pack.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

It’s my wife, Sripoorni, as without her support, I could not have reached the heights I have in my career. But (focus) is now slowly shifting to my daughter.

Which other talent would you like to have?

The ability to play a musical instrument as I feel music is a great way to unwind.

What do you value the most in your friends?

My friends are with me when I am at a low.

Who is your favourite fiction hero?

Of course, it’s Batman.