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December 19, 2006

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Guyana and West Indies U-19 batsman Gajanand Singh did well in the U-19 World Cup, led the batting in the TCL U-19 Tournament, helped his club Young Warriors to win the Shapoorji Pallonji Twenty20 competition and was recently named in the 27-man squad from which the Guyana team for the regional competition will be selected.

Singh took some time from his busy schedule to chat with Stabroek Sports recently.

Following is the interview.

SN: Congratulations on being chosen Junior-Cricketer-of the-Year. What is your view of your performance this year?

GS: Thank you very much for noticing. This year started well with the West Indies in the U-19 World Cup Sri Lanka where I did fairly well. I kept improving, learning to play long innings and accumulating runs.

SN: You did really well in the TCL U-19 competition and your performance helped the team to victory after an eight-year drought. Did you set goals for this competition?

GS: Yes I always set goals. I wanted to be the team's leading run-scorer or average over fifty. I am happy to have achieved both goals.

SN: Are you satisfied with your performance this year? You were also instrumental in the Young Warriors million-dollar victory in the Shapoorji-Pallonji, Twenty20 tournament.

GS: I think it was a good year but it could have been better.

As a cricketer you must want more. There is a lot of competition in Guyana, and I want to be at the top.

SN: How much do you practice?

GS: Everyday I train in the mornings and in the afternoons I have net sessions or some other type of practice.

SN: Do you have a fitness routine?

GS: Yes, everyday I do different routines; I get a lot of help from my captain and coach Hubern Evans. We work together a lot.

SN: Are there any particular players you admire?

GS: Yes I look up to Sewnarine Chattergoon. I admire his character and his approach to cricket. We have become good friends and I learn a lot from him. Internationally, I admire Australian Mike Hussey. His love and commitment to the game is admirable.

SN: Enough about cricket what do you do to relax.

GS: Watch movies and sleep. I play a lot of cricket and train hard, so sleep is important.

SN: What kinds of music do you like?

GS Soft Rock, Reggae, and most Caribbean music.