I had the privilege recently of seeing history being made in front of my eyes. In an Indian Premier League ( IPL) cricket match, playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the 33-year-old Jamaican, Christopher Henry Gayle scored a century in just 30 balls. This was only one of the many records that he broke that evening. Continue reading »
The IPL is back again. As they say on TV these days, “Welcome back!” The Indian Premier League (IPL) comes with its attendant share of controversies. What is dubbed as being amongst the richest, if not THE richest cricket tournament of its kind in the world, has just begun its sixth season. I was crazy about the IPL in the initial years and a huge fan of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Continue reading »
Cricket fans are getting their money’s worth and every bit of entertainment that they want with the ongoing fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, it is unfortunate there have been a few cases of unsportsmanlike behaviour, which have marred the spirit of the game.
As R. Mohan writes in his article, there is no huge dollar prize for the team that wins the Fair Play Award. Perhaps that’s the reason teams don’t take it too seriously. Doug Bollinger of the Chennai Super Kings deliberately blocking young Naman Ojha of the Delhi Daredevils was shocking. It was totally unprovoked and spoke poorly of the big Australian fast bowler. It’s quite another matter that he probably wouldn’t have done it to Chris Gayle or Kieron Pollard, who are as big if not bigger than him. Ironically, the Chennai Super Kings have won the Fair Play Award for three years.
In another match, Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel of the Mumbai Indians put huge pressure on the on-field umpires forcing them to reverse their original decision. The decision was wrong as shown by the subsequent re-plays but bullying the umpire was not the way to go about things. This has started a dangerous precedent. Instead of being banned for the next few matches, they were merely fined. To put the incident in perspective, Harbhajan is the captain of the team and expected to be a role model!
It would appear some people don’t learn, or as is more likely, simply don’t care. In a recent match Munaf Patel was in the news once again, for the wrong reasons This time for sledging young Kings XI batsmen who played him with ease. He was fined 25 % of his match fee for the first offense and now 50 % of his match fee. Considering the huge sums cricketers like him have amassed over the years, this is peanuts for him. It is time cricket tournaments like the IPL have a system of yellow flags and red flags to bar players from the game. This is the only way some people will learn their lesson.
A two match ban is the minimum one would have thought he would get, but like everywhere else, money power probably triumphs.
How does Kris Srikkanth deal with conflict of interest? He is the Chairman of the Selectors for cricket in India. He has much influence in making or marring careers. A boost up from him can change the life of a budding cricketer. A rejection from him can make someone plummet from the high of being one of India’s most sought after to being just another cricketer in a cricket crazy country. Yet isn’t he having a conflict of interest following the IPL?
We have known it for years. Non-verbal communication is a powerful tool to share our emotions. World wide a frown signifies anger and a smile happiness. The master psychologist Eric Berne years ago called a stroke as the smallest unit of recognition and told us about the power of positive strokes. Also how negative strokes, on the contrary, can go so far as to mar the growth of a growing infant. Young children thrive on positive strokes and it is up to us to give them in plenty for good work done.
The King of Good Times has been hit by bad times in the DFL Indian Premier League. Vijay Mallya sees himself and his precious brands at the very bottom of the points table.
The question is on everyone’s lip: Should a cricket team be run like a business? Is a cricket team any different? Vandana Mittal has a nice article which debates this issue. Should the rules of business apply to cricket?
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you; says the Bible.
How often have you experienced this for yourself? As a new member of a team, you are friendly with the others, go out of the way to meet and get to know them and you find they in turn respond positively to you and soon make you truly feel part of the team. The converse is also true.
If as a new member of the team, you are aloof and keep to yourself, without making the effort to make friends, you will soon finds that no one responds positively to you either.
I am a firm believer in the old adage that “Fortune Favours The Brave”. I find this applicable at work and at play.
The recent inaugural match of the DLF Indian Premier League was a case in point. Rahul Dravid is considered an astute student of the game of cricket. Yet he has always been cautious, sometimes to a fault. The atmosphere at Bengaluru on April 18 was out of the world. The splendid inauguration ceremony had the crammed stadium and millions of viewers of TV worldwide completely spell bound.
A feast ahead for the Indian cricket fan. The long awaited DFL Indian Premier League is all set to get off to a rousing start in my hometown of Bengaluru.
Bangalore’s Royal Challengers takes on Kolkatta’s Knight Riders in the inaugural match on April 18. The match will be preceded by a lot of fanfare including the Washington Redskins providing the cheerleading.
The tournament sees 8 teams play 56 matches to be followed by two semi-finals and the grand finale at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on June 1. See the fixtures here.
The young Sales Executive looked crest fallen when he came to meet me. He was a guy who lived near my house and I knew him to be pretty successful in his work. He was invariably bubbly and highly enthusiastic. It turned out that not only was the last quarter a disaster in terms of his selling efforts. His boss had warned him to pull up his socks:or else………..
As we spoke the first thought that came to my mind was ” Feast or Famine”. His performance which was terrific the last few quarters had slumped to nothing this quarter. The man who proudly told me last year he was going to Sun City in South Africa along with Top Performers in his company, was asking for advice on getting sales to merely stay on the job. He was like an express train which had hit an unseen wall.