With the T20 season on, CS caught up with Archana to talk about all things cricket:

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An athletic upbringing
When I was in school, I was always passionate about sports. My dad was a lot into cricket, so I couldn’t escape watching that in the house. I also enjoy watching tennis, soccer and gymnastics. I really like the merit-based culture of sports; you play well, you win, you don't, you lose.

Bollywood and cricket
At the end of the day, everyone likes to see a nice package. In India, it's either Bollywood or cricket. These are the two things that rock everyone's boat. So when they come together, it's like a dream come true. You are watching Sachin hitting the sixes and Shah Rukh on the sideline doing a jig. For a fan, what more could you ask for?

Fitting in Mandira’s shoes
When I used to watch Mandira Bedi present the 2003 Cricket World Cup, I never thought I would do the same some day. People keep comparing me to her, but I think everyone has to create their own niche. I think I have done it in my own way, bringing in the glamour and fashion.