Paul Nixon was a former England cricketer who played 19 ODIs and 1 T20 game for the national team in a brief international career . A dependable wicket-keeper, Paul Nixon, was one of the pillars of Leicestershire cricket. He was an attacking lefthanded batsman lower down the order and could have been a hit, had T20 cricket come earlier in his career.
In a brief interview Nixon spoke about the game to cricview’s young cricket correspondent Ambikesh Tiwari. Below are the excerpts:
Ambikesh : How you involved in the game of cricket ?
Paul Nixon : I am involved in the game still as head coach of Leicestershire County Cricket Club looking after the playing department 20 professionals and overseeing our academy and pathway performance structure.
I also coached in the Bangladesh Premier League this year.
Ambikesh : Your most cherished moments in the field sir?
Paul Nixon :My most cherished moments on the field are winning county championships with Leicestershire and winning three T20 titles as a player and two titles as a coach.
Ambikesh :You debut against Australia in international cricket.was there any pressure on you to play against a strong team sir?
Paul Nixon : On my debut in Australia it was the first T-20 game England had ever played against Australia we lost the game and I smacked a quick 30 and felt good. This was at Sydney infront of 46,000.
We then went to Melbourne for the 50 over game where sadly we lost that game and I scored 0 debut. But we went on to win the triangular series with Australia and New Zealand
Ambikesh: You played with Many legend cricketer, Whom do you rate among the best?
Paul Nixon : The greatest cricketers I have played with over the years I’ve liked Steve Waugh, Virender Sehwag. I feel Sachin and Brian Lara were the very best two players…
Ambikesh: Plz share your experience of 2007 T20 world cup?
Paul Nixon : The 2007 World Cup was a brilliant experience for me as I was 37!years old, we had just come back from winning the series against Australia and were full of confidence. Sadly as a batting group we didn’t get the scores we should’ve done perhaps at times looking to play just to aggressively and we lost too many early wickets. Personally I have learnt a lot from trying to score too many runs to soon in Australia and I made sure I gave myself a chance in the World Cup I had a good high average and had a good tournament with the bat. Sadly South Africa played well against us and knocked us out which was a disappointing end but I personally loved the challenge of the World Cup.
A lot of people remembered me as I played in a few tight games one especially against Sri Lanka with Ravi Bopara at the other end we nearly pulled off the impossible win. I reverse swept Murali for six on a long boundary when nobody really play the reverse sweep then.
Ambikesh : What message you want to share with youngster sir ?
Paul Nixon: The message I would share with youngsters is know all about your game on a deep level. Know your Super strengths, strengths and development areas.
Your Currency as a cricketer are runs & wickets alongside your attitude. Give to the team no selfishness. Be as physically fit, strong and as fast as you can be.
Ambikesh : What is ur view on Indian team?
Paul Nixon : India are an outstanding Cricket team, their attitudes towards athleticism and strength and conditioning are where they needed to be. They seeing the benefits of that driven by the captain Virat Kohli.