Today i will be chatting to PDC player Prakish Jiwa nicknamed ‘The Apache’ who is an Indian player living in Rugby he first won his tour card at Q School in 2011 winning it on the final day,he has been on the tour since but had to attend Q School again this year and won his tour card through the order of merit system.
TS: What made you start playing darts and wanting to play at a pro level?
PJ: “Its was by accident one day whilst my mum was organising a function at our local Indian Community Centre, I was made to go along and help and whilst I was waiting for something to do, there was a dart board and a set of darts, so I decided to have a go as nobody was around, and after about 20 mins of playing I found that I was hitting almost everything I was going for and thought this is not a bad game, I reckon I might do well at it”
TS: You have been playing on and off the circuit since 2011 what is your memorable moment?
PJ: “There are quite a few memorable moments, but the one that stands out the most is when I played Mervyn King in the first round of a European Tour Event in Düsseldorf and had almost two thousand people chanting my name and willing me on, scary but very special moment which I will never forget”
TS: Do you play darts full time or do you have a job as well?
PJ: “I work five days a week as a Warehouse Supervisor and try and practise down at the local Indian Club or at home whenever I get time, but would love to make it my full time job one day”
TS: How often do you practise?
PJ: ” I am a bit lazy at the moment and do only about 3 to 4 hours a week, compaired to the 4 to 5 hours each day when I first starting playing back in 1987″
Q: Who has been the toughest opponent you have faced?
PJ: “Peter Wright has always been one of my toughest opponents and have played him many times and only managed one win against him on the pro tour”
Q: What is the best advice anyone has given you?
PJ: “Eric Bristow had given all the UK Qualifiers a pep talk before the Uk Open started in 2009 and said “ you must get yourself right for the first game ie if you need 10 pints then have ten pints etc as the first game you play is the most important one and if you lose it you are no longer in the tournament” very wise words which is very true till this date”
Q: What is the sport of darts like in India is it non existent or is it quite popular.
PJ: “I was actually born in the Uk, however I do follow the darts in India and have quite a few darts friends over there and they tell me that it is becoming very very popular since the PDC has got involved. I would love to represent my mother country one day at darts as I believe I am playing at the best standard in the world and could offer the much needed experience and advise to the players”
Q: What has been your biggest achievement in the PDC to date?
PJ: “I have reached 4 quarter finals on the pro tour to date”
Q: What are your targets for the rest of 2015?
PJ: “I have not got off to a good start this year however still enough time to reach the world champs this year”
Q: Do you have a practise partner on the circuit or do you like to keep yourself to yourself?
PJ: “I normally practise with Matthew Edgar for a couple of hours when we arrive at a pro tour, however I then try to keep myself to myself an hour before torn begins”
Q: What is the standard of darts like in Rugby and do you play local pub darts and super league?
PJ: “I still play what I call grass root darts for my pub teams the Webb Ellis and the Cherry Tree in Cathorpe. I also play super league for Rugby, and have done for almost 25 years”
Q: Who or what inspired you to play darts and who did you look up to as a youngster?
PJ: ” Credit goes to a man called Mick Cope who was my first ever darts captain who keep me on the staright and narrow. When I started playing Eric Bristow was probably somebody who I looked up to and wanted to emulate”
Q: If you have any advise for any future darts players who want to make it in the PDC?
PJ: “The PDC has very strict criteria to get in ie you must enter via q school to qualify which is very difficult at the moment as there are many many great players around these days, however should you succeed in doing this then your confidence should be high and I you must go into the pro tour events with a mind set that you are currently one of the best 128 players in the world and you are not just there to make up the numbers and have proved that by getting through a very tough Q School”
PJ: “Just one last thing, none of this would have been possible if I did not have many great family, friends and sponsors on the way and would just like to thank the following:-
Macca and Stuart Bliss, Bupendra Gohill,Tim Kirby, Rohit Rabadia, Karl & Dawn at A180 Darts & my current darts sponsor Cosmo Fit Flights in Japan”
Thank you to prakash for your time for this interview….
Thats it from Tungsten Stories until next time…