From fatigues to flannels, Cotterell ready to serve call of duty

"It was just to tell my army colleagues that I am always thinking of them. And that though I'm here playing cricket, I will always be a soldier," he says.

Cotterell, who now has his eyes set on squaring up against Sachin Tendulkar, doesn't find it too difficult to separate his two passions in life and is always aware of the fact that he could be called to military duty at any time, except when he's playing cricket at the highest level.

"It's a wonderful feeling just to be playing with some of the greats in the sport and I am looking forward to donning the maroon," he says.

He adds that his mother, despite being cricket-impaired, is equally proud of his achievements on the cricket field and is his No.1 fan, who only has a simple word of advice each time.

Says Cotterell, "All she wants me to do is to blow the batsman's head off. Wish all mothers were like her."

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