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WINNING AS A HABIT

Success and failure are all part of life. People who understand and learn from failure can become more successful in their endeavours when they overcome the pain of failure.

I am a sports lover and a big fan of Indian cricket team. I love to watch them in action on the field. I too watch all the gesture, their body language and team communication.

I was inspired to write this blog post after watching the boys in action in the recent T20 international of the ongoing series with the Kiwis.

Winning for some is a choice, few get it by chance and for the elite few it’s a habit. There is no looking back when you are a winner. I beleive our cricket team has gained a lot of inspiration and motivation in the current series.
There is all gain and no loss. It’s not because they are unbeaten so far in the series but in many other aspects like the uplifting and ever increasing team morale.

It was a comfortable ride for the team in the first two encounters in this T20I series. The first one was a high scoring match and the boys displayed great character with both bat and ball to win it comfortably chasing second. You gain lot of courage and self belief when you successfully chase a high score in this limited over format of the game.

The second one also won with ease which was a complete team effort. The next two games were not very high scoring and our boys stretched both games to super overs that eventually won by them. The seemingly easy games for the Kiwis snatched away by our boys and our skipper admitted that. It’s a great display of character by our boys and especially the seamers with the ball.

In the super overs we won both encounter by the heroics of our boys. It’s not by chance but because of the game plan with high team morale. Fortune favours the brave. They wanted to make it right from the first ball and preferred not to wait and observe the bowler. The bowler is always on the back foot in an over when the first ball is a big hit.

I beleive our boys have made it up a habit as winners giving equal importance to win each game and not just a series win which is already with us. Today we have the last match of this T20I series. On this occasion i wish our heroes great time on the ground. Let’s witness another great game of cricket!


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PLAYING TO WIN – A LEADERS CHOICE

​It’s not only the skills of a player but the mindset that matters a lot for success.
Indian test cricket captain Virat Kohli proved it again in the fourth test match against the English today. 

I could not watch him playing live in this test. I was keenly following the scorecard and commentary on the web. I wrote about sports and sports stars only on very few occasions. It’s usually when linked to leadership and execution skills of a person. The inspiration I had today was good enough to write again.

When we started on Day 4, me and many of my friends felt like this test is heading towards a draw but Virat had a different plan in his mind. None of us ever felt India can manage to lead by a big margin and put the opposition under pressure when their first innings score was massive. They won the toss and at the drivers seat on first two days of the match to plan it well on their favor.

I am thinking about the mindset of the two captains and more about the English skipper. Had he ever felt more secure after putting four hundred runs on board and thought like it’s good enough to prevent a loss? While preventing a loss was his game plan, our skipper was busy planning how to win even when it means to drag it till the end of the match on day 5.

Earlier he said I don’t play match by match but session by session. He proved himself correct one more time again today. What a splendid performance! The English captain too admitted the fact in our last encounter. He said the only difference and decisive factor for the match results was Virat’s batting.

This positive spirit of ‘never lose hope and maintain the right attitude’ that he instilled in all the team members paid him good dividends at the end of each match. It helped the team always keep high on morale.

Success can’t be far away when attitude of a player is “play to win”. He proved all his critiques wrong through his master class and sheer performance. While many are of an opinion he is too young and rough on the field to led a team because of his attitude I feel otherwise.

He is young at heart but tough at making the right decision at the right time like an well experienced adult.
Test match unlike shorter form of the game tests more the resilience of the players and their fighting spirit. This could be the reason why many sports enthusiasts feel this is the real cricket that tests your mind, fitness, skills and toughness.

The test cricket was considered to be a very boring game of cricket during my school days but not so anymore. It is now part of management lessons at universities.

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