Most of the time everybody gets small failures. I think for me, the period when i was not able to play because of a hamstring injury in 2003-2004 was a pivotal moment in my life. I was 19 at that time, and like most youngsters I thought I knew everything and that I could rule the world. I was good, but I realized that it takes much more to be succesful than just running and bowling fast. During that period I learnt that if you stick to what you want to do in life and hang in there, you will reach your destination. I kept a realistic four year goal of returning to the Indian Squad, and managed to get there by 2005.
After that, I did get sidetracked with various things, but I always had my dad to steer me back on the right path. As my dad once said ” Sri, I know you are a big Indian cricketer now, but always look ahead, there’s always scope for improvement. Always try to better yourself”.