Chahal & Kuldeep: The Wolves of Tossing-it-Up Street

In terms of energy burned, meat gained and overall effectiveness of the kill, wolves do best hunting in pairs. We’ve seen quite a lot of lethal examples earlier but the way young Chahal and Kuldeep are keeping the oppositions unchallenged, this is no mercy. Just  a little background. Chahal is the only person to represent India in Chess and Cricket. Chahal is one of only two players in T20 Cricket history to have taken a 6-wicket haul. His wizcraft is totally evident when he holds the white leather in his hands. Kuldeep on the other hand is India’s only Chinaman bowler and is the third bowler for India to take a hat-trick in an ODI after Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev.

The Indian wrist-spinning duo has humbled and humiliated the Proteas in their own backyard. I agree, ABD and Faf could have shown some resilience but these new-gen spinning duo would have owned them as well.

There’s a great deal of difference between Chahal-Kuldeep and Ashwin-Jaddu or Kumble-Harbhajan. These two youngsters never look to contain, rather their only focus is to toss it up, play it brave, back their instincts and go for wickets; right from ball one.



You’d be astonished to know that these two have just played 9 ODIs together and have already established a reputation of being the best in the business. Not to be politically incorrect, they have literally shown the door to the stalwarts like Ashwin and Jadeja in the blues. People and experts say that it’s the new age rotation policy to keep the squad fit but I don’t seem to agree.

One thing which backs them to be fearless is the faith of Virat Kohli, the skipper. When the captain tells you that you will play every game, irrespective of the runs you leak, a bowler’s confidence reaches the pinnacle of self-belief. Kohli, who himself is all about intensity, aggression and delivering things; has imbibed the same grit in the team. Not to forget Dhoni’s mentoring from behind the stumps. Ball by ball you could see him guiding these wristies. With very little time they have spent with Mahi, they’ve listened to his insights, adapted and executed with great precision. They’ve been quick learners.

Another factor, which has helped them thrive, is the support from the quicks. Bumrah and Bhuvi have always given early break-throughs to the team. So, when these spinners come to bowl, the opposition is always one or two down minimum. They don’t have to start from the scratch; which wasn’t the case earlier.

Numbers don’t lie either. Chahal-Kuldeep duo has grabbed 35 wickets together in 9 games at an applauding strike rate of 24.55 with a meager economy rate of 4.75. Working in tandem and complementing each other is an art, which only a few can cherish. If you look at the strike rates of Ashwin-Jadeja and Kumble- Harbhajan, 40.64 and 46.17 tell a different tale. Yuzdeep duo strikes a wicket after every fourth over whereas the others used to do it around the seventh. It is a huge difference, in terms of the denting the morale.

Chahal is a very street-smart cricketer. He doesn’t change his pace that much — varies it from 85 kmph to 95 kmph. He’s skiddish. Kuldeep on the other hand, relies much on his variations of dip and aerial movement. Flighting the ball and putting right on money i.e. the areas where the batters are uncomfortable playing; is his forte. While most wrist-spinners are quicker through the air, the ability to slow it up and generate more turn even on unresponsive tracks has worked in the favour of India’s new-age heroes.

The wrist spinners have changed the dynamics the way modern day battles are fought. Post 2015, the wrist spinners have killed 81 preys at a strike rate of 27 while finger spinners had to work a lot harder.(58 kills at a strike rate of 52).

Chahal and Kuldeep are the batting equivalents of Sehwag & Sir Viv; where the default mode is set to attack. From Richie Benaud, a pioneer wrist spin, to the magical Shane Warne, the flame of wrist spin has found a wick in every generation and the duo is doing their bit with pride and valour.

They might not have the built and physical power but they have fitness, brains and a true grit by their side; which has even the rattled the South African spine and have left them bamboozled. Which one turns, which goes is a googly, which is the top-spinner, which is the flipper; they absolutely have no fucking clue about it.

These two have assassinated the sense of judgment of the South African Team.  As DiCaprio states, successful people are 100% convinced that they are masters of their own destiny, they’re not creatures of circumstance, they create circumstance, if the circumstances around them suck they change them; these two are calculated and fierce gamblers, who are destined to win; on any pitch and any condition.


Zen and the Art of becoming a Complete Bowler: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Kumar may not be the most unusual name in the Indian folklore but the UP pacers know it well how to stand out, especially when it comes to swing bowling. Praveen, the impelling right arm bowler from Meerut had earlier demonstrated the world that Indians could also talk the ball, both ways. Before he left into oblivion, his prodigy; Bhuvi was all set to take the world with the storm. Lean, simple, the goodie-good chocolate boy looks had a demon inside, alas! He was more deceptive and lethal as compared to his master.


Bhuvneshwar entered the batsman dominated world of Indian Cricket and stung in his first over in every format, he ventured into.  He couldn’t have asked for a better debut. The lad was all across the media – print, digital, radio; you name it. The entire nation was frenzied by his bowling skills. Literally, one needs balls of steel to be the talk of the town and provide a ray of hope to 2 billion souls, who’ve been in pursuit of finding a name, they could chant; who could make the batsmen’s timbers grovel.

One simply doesn’t dismiss the God of Indian cricket on a golden duck unless his name is Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

I think all this was enough for him to stamp authority.

Within no time he was spearheading the Indian attack. He did justice to his stature on greener tracks and chipped in with valuable contributions with the bat. He was great to open, the captains also showed faith but lack of pace & stamina made him leak runs at the death. He struggled to put the balls in the block hole and ended up serving juicy half-vollies. Eventually, if you could negate him at the start, he became too predictable later on. Weak shoulders didn’t allow him either to hit the deck and shock the batsmen with an odd bouncer. Within no time, he joined the league of Mohit Sharmas and other nobodies of Indian medium pace Dept.

Fame and the dream to continue playing for India looked like a mirage as he was shuffled in and out of the squad. Then he started working on his pace, rather than improvising his strengths. He was left into no man’s land just like Irfan Pathan. His mojo was gone. The pace was a notch higher but ineffective. Gloom was the exact word written on his fate.

But God has its own way of putting things into perspective when you refuse to bow down. Luckily Sunrisers Hyderabad happened. He became the cog of the unit; regained his lost confidence. Started bowling at the death along with Mustafizur and did wonders for the team and helped the team win the title as well. This paved his way to the Indian team. Bumrah pairs him in the limited overs and Shami with the red cherry.

His innate ability to swing the bowl into the right handers outside the sub-continent makes him the mvp of this young gen team India. He has become a thinking bowler and contrary to bowling as per the batsman’s reputation, he bowls on his strengths and backs himself. With the Nagarkotis and breed steaming at 145 KMPH+, it’ll be challenging for the mainline bowlers to keep upto their best.

Bhuvi has shattered all the stereotypes of a traditional pacer. He doesn’t need a beefy physique, tattooed arms and rash voice to outfox the batters. The transformation from a lethal opening bowler to becoming a complete package (opening, shielding the team at the death with his miser economy rate) has been phenomenal. At times, Bhuvi outnumbers the death specialist, Bumrah too. His yorkers and boundary clogging deliveries at the death speak volumes of his temperament and the zeal to thrive.

I’m sure, Bhuvi will be the guiding force and play a pivotal role in India’s performance in 2018, the year where majority of India’s games are scheduled overseas. He’s expected to be back in the third test against the Proteas where Kohli and team will fight for pride. Since, he no longer depends on any turf, his ability to play and deliver in all conditions makes it a no brainer for any captain to play him in every game, every format.

IPL 2017 : The best playing XI of all teams.

Amidst the hoo-halla of CCD getting some lame-fame via cockroaches and Baba Yoginath engraving his name in UP through his rock solid speeches, IPL has managed to sneak in.

The big fat boy is just around the corner, all set to bring in some joy to your monotonous life. I mean, it’ll still remain hollow and hopeless but at least it helps you escape those daily soaps which haunt you the moment you step in your house. 8-11 would be fun for a month or two. So, you better enjoy it.

I am honestly clueless about your passion towards entertainment or life in general but anyhow I am going to share my perspective on how the teams might stack up and how magnificent this season could be.

No, I am not a big time critic or any kind of analyst; I am just a great admirer of the sport and I couldn’t restrain myself from imposing my opinion on you. In case you are noob or just want some pointers to be actively involved in office Cricket gossip, here is a holy piece of information lying below. Just go through it.

Ben Stokes was the biggest fish of this IPL Auctions, 14.5 God Damn Crores. Holy money and will play for Pune, Dhoni’s team. No no he isn’t the captain. The management sacked him and told that they wanted someone aggressive, LOLZ. So, they appointed Test #1, Steve Smith as their commander. Strange no. All money and no brains make you a Rahul Gandhi and not to forget their third-class pitch.Not gonna support them at all.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Pune –

Rahane, Agarwal, Smith(c), Faf, Dhoni(wk),Stokes,Baba Aparajith ,Bhatia,Tahir, Unadkat & Dinda.
This Agarwal is not the sweet wala.Please make a note of it and R Ashwin is out due to Hernia.

Coming to Bangalore. This is the only way of redemption for Vijay Mallya to get rid of his debts. They are the South Africa of IPL, always get choked. Rahul is already ruled out due to the shoulder injury and Kohli is recovering too. After a couple of games, once the team is stabilized, hopefully, they’ll be able to turn their fortunes. I want them to win, just because of Kohli. He deserves it.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for RCB- 

Virat(c), Gayle, Mandeep, ABD, Watson, Jadhav(wk), Sarfaraz,Binny/Negi(depending on conditions), Chahal, Aniket Choudhary and Tymal Mills.

The defending champions, the Biryani people thrive on their bowling. Now, with Bangladesh board banning its players to participate in IPL, fizz would be out of action; but this proves to be a blessing in disguise for the Afghans. Both Nabi & Rashid can feature in the playing XI. Also, the young lad,Siraj gets to spearhead alongside Nehraji.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Sunrisers Hyderabad-

Warner(c), Dhawan, Williamson, Yuvraj, Hooda, Nabi, Ojha(wk), Rashid Khan,Nehra,Siraj & Bhuvi.

Mumbaikars are beasts when it comes to shredding money and buying the best players. This time, they’ve got the run making Lankan machine – Gunarathne, which would be exciting to see.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Mumbai Indians-

Rohit(c), Parthiv(wk), Rayudu, Hardik/Krunal Pandya, Pollard, Buttler, Gunarathne, Gowtham, Harbhajan, Malinga and Bumrah.

Delhi has been the most consistent team to have finished at the bottom. Their management had been quite volatile with their decision making in the past. They are the Lalas, who have no knowledge about the game whatsoever. Now, with Dravid on board, and the fact that he encourages young indigenous talent, it is the only positive for them.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Delhi Daredevils-

Iyer,Billings, Pant,Nair,Sanju(wk),Corey Anderson/Braithwaite, Morris , Jayant,Mishra, Shami and Rabada.

Gujaratis are the smartest people in terms of business. And they’ve been bang on with their strategy of promoting Indian lads, who’ve done well exceptionally in local tournaments and thereby introducing the unknown/unheard factor by spending not too much. Thampy and Nathu Singh would be the key bowlers to watch out for. Sir Jadeja has been advised to exclude himself by the BCCI as Champions Trophy is lined up next.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Gujarat-

McCullum, Roy/Smith, Raina(c), Karthick(wk),Ishan Kishan, Bravo, Faulkner, Jakati, Thampy, Nathu Singh & Shivil Kaushik.

The only way the almighty can forgive these Bongs for the deadly sin they commit- putting Aalo in Biryani; is that he looks at this balanced KKR side and says wow. It’s flawless and plus they’ve got the chinaman – Kuldeep. The Indian warhorse Umesh has been suggested to take rest for the upcoming CT.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for KKR-

Gambhir(c), Uthappa(wk), Pandey, Lynn, Yusuf, Suryakumar, Chawla, Narine,Boult,Nile & Kuldeep.

I hope the way Sehwag used to bat and how crazily he tweets, this team can have some effect induced from their coach. They are a good solid unit this time with some exceptional hitters in the middle order, and if they play fearlessly they can do great provided Preity Zinta’s love life doesn’t overshadow everything.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Punjab-

Guptill, Vohra, Saha(wk),Maxwell(c),Morgan,Miller,Gurkeerat,Axar,Natarajan,Sandeep, Mohit/Aaron.

Cheers.I hope this IPL brings in hotter cheerleaders & TV hosts and RCB wins! Happy watching.

My verdict – Top 4 : KKR, SRH, MI and RCB.

Kohli always pays his debts !

Virat Kohli thrives on challenges and responsibilities. Unlike a normal human, it’s the adverse situations which bring out the beast in him. Kohli’s ability to lift the bar in the time of need sets him apart from his contemporaries. He’s not one of those who would let things go that easily. If he is being mocked or taken on mentally, he’ll make sure he gives it back. So Tyrion Lannister like, he prefers to pay his debts.  And, this time Englishmen were on the receiving end.

On the last English tour, Anderson and company flirted with Kohli’s reputation as a batsman. They made sure he had a miserable tour and dented his prestige by labeling him a mediocre player who’s just been hyped by the Indian media. But, there were some scores to be settled as Kohli never forgets.

Interestingly in the current series, when Anderson, the so non-sportsman took on Kohli with his maladroit comment stating that the home tracks are hiding his flaws, Kohli didn’t stoop low on his standards, didn’t utter a single word and let the scoreboard do the talking as Anderson stood humiliated & helpless when Ashwin ripped apart the English egos today morning to clinch the series 3-0.

Citing another instance, the last time India was at Wankhede, Kohli promised Sachin that it’s time for the young guns to carry the legacy forward as he had already done enough. Kohli stood by his words and instilled a sense of freedom and faith in his team. It not only made everyone up their game but as a collective unit rose India to the numero uno ranking. And, when today India took the victory walk across the Mecca of Indian Cricket, a sense of pride was evident on his face; which said it all.

2016 has been phenomenal for the Indian skipper. Kohli has 5 consecutive Test series win on his name in this calendar year, which is the record for any Indian captain. Also, Virat is just win away from breaking Sunil Gavaskar’s continuous unbeaten streak of 18 games. Most likely, if Cyclone doesn’t interrupt, this feat would be achieved in the Chennai, Ashwin’s home turf. The kind of form Ashwin is in, it’d be fascinating to see how easily he penetrates the British defence.

Virat is someone who knows how to manoeuvre his instincts, depending on the format. Kohli has grown in stature big time. Previously, he had a total of zero double centuries in Tests and no IPL T20 century. By the year end, he has 3 double test tons and 4 daddy centuries in the IPL. He is not someone who is known for his big hitting. He worked on that part and you would be astonished to know that those 4 IPL tons consisted of 24 mammoth sixes whereas these 3 double centuries had just 1 six. This is the level of adaptability he brings into the game.

Kohli is someone who plays from the heart. Just like a well-cooked Hyderabadi Dum Biryani, Kohli takes some time to settle, lives beneath the sheath of aggression and temperament, takes the heat from the charcoal, absorbs the conditions and then shows his aromatic classKohli is well aware of his strengths and limitations and plays accordingly His flicks and cover drives are his rice and tender meat pieces and the elaichis – reverse sweeps are kept out of the vessel.

As an ardent Virat fan, I can eat this Biryani every day!

The best part – he keeps his integrity on his sleeves and gives ample importance to his fitness. He’s been the path bearer for everyone. He is an infection to the squad and is solely responsible for bringing out the aggression in everyone. Looking at the current fielding standards you cannot even say that it’s the same team, who were once the sloppiest of all.

Coming back to paying the debts part; needless to say the way Ben Stokes was sent off in the third Test of the series, I bet anyone would think twice before messing with Kohli and his team. The mum face was a slap on the English autocracy.

Initially, Virat lacked consistency in the longer format and was considered as the weakest among the Fab-4. Kohli, the gladiator took the daunting ask on his head. Slogged hard and at the moment, Kohli averages 50+ in all formats and is being lauded as one of the all-time greats to have ever graced the game.

I’d say, Kohli is beyond records. He is a pinnacle of assurance and self-belief. We need to find new critics for him as the ones who used to find flaws in the loud mouth have started to idolize the champ, including the likes of Chappell brothers and the entire Aussie cricketing fraternity.

Kohli’s unparalleled swag is bringing back the crowd to the stadiums, He is the perfect ambassador of the game one could ever ask for. I just pray he keeps playing with this level of consistency and achieves everything an Indian Cricket fan could ask for.

Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo !

Success is catastrophic, it boosts your ego. Failure is the one that keeps you going.
In fact, the greatest people to have ever lived; have attained their success just one step beyond their greatest failure. Failures are not to be buried, in fact one must seek inspiration from them. And that’s exactly what Virat Kohli has done post his worst ever tour to England.

Brash, arrogant, upfront, cocky, bewildered – these were some of the attributes linked to Virat Kohli before his 2014 English tour. His aggression on the field and readiness to confront made him the man to watch out in particular in that series.To the contrary, there wasn’t anything worth remembering which he did on that tour.Actually, you could say it was dismal and was the leanest patch in his career.

He wasn’t reading the ball at all and had severe technical glitches in his game. Someone who could whip the ball outside the off-stump towards mid-wicket, was struggling with his off- stump. He was perishing to the swing and had no clue where his off-stump lay. He was completely taken off- guard with the English tactics and the fourth stump line stumped him mentally.

This was an excruciating phase he was keen on performing in the English conditions, a place which offers bowlers and batters a competitive platform to test their skills mentally and physically. Virat had failed miserably and not only did it hurt him immensely but his fans too.

Virat’s body language on that tour lacked lustre. He looked uncertain and his scores in ten innings read dismaying 1,8,25,0,39,28,0,7,6 and 20. He, alongside his fanatics were brought down to earth firmly and the King’s reputation was dented badly. The much anticipated and talked about The Virat Kohli had failed where it had really mattered for him to excel. He had fluttered on the English soils, which are supposed to be the litmus test for any player to be acclaimed amongst the greats and Virat had lost that chance.

He struggled to decide which ball to play and which one to leave. The positivity, confidence and assertiveness was lacking in his demeanour. It was a timid posture that he presented, unsure of his technique and quitting against the building hype and pressure.

Even I, as fan; could not fathom the sudden slump in his form and luck. It was a shocker. Whatever he did on that tour, was a bigger blunder than the former. All I can say is that it was a phase that needed to be forgotten by him and his fans and yes,the boss did overcome that feat in his own style.

Post the tour, he worked on his shortcomings – fitness,regime, focus and most importantly the sheer inability to not put a price on his wicket. 

He fought his way back to bury the dead and created new milestones game after game. He made four gritty tons in Australia post that tour and did bring significant accolades after taking over the captaincy from Mahendra Singh Dhoni. With maturity and hardwork in his first ever Test series as a skipper, he became the fourth Indian to score a hundred on captaincy debut after Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Vijay Hazare as he hammered the Kangaroos at Adelaide.

By making another century in the second innings of the same match, he also became the only second player in Test chronicles to score hundreds in both innings of a Test on captaincy debut after Greg Chappell.

After that, there was no looking back.

In his next assignment in Sri Lanka, King Kohli showed his magical touch and flamboyance not only in his batting but leadership too. He became the first Indian captain to win an away series, after losing the first Test. With the achievement, he also became the youngest Indian captain to have won a Test series outside India.

Virat maintained the same consistency in his game from that tour to beating South Africa 3-0 and white-washing the kiwis at home. There’s nothing stopping this beast now.

Well, I am so glad that the failure occurred early in his career and it did prove a blessing in disguise.

Virat now looks to be on a different note all together. He is in the form of his life, creating symphonies in every match. He is much more focused and has dealt with temperamental issues in a way, you cannot even imagine. He is a wolf-pack who believes in marshalling his troops from the front. He kills aggression with his bat,not with words and is the perfect role model team India needs.

He has evolved from being a brat to becoming the ambassador of the game. He is an inspiration for billions. The best part – he has become a lot more patient, respectful of the opposition and has learnt it the hard way as how to wait for the ball. He is not committing to play the early ball anymore and that has happened due to better coordination in his footwork, balance and head positioning.

Also, he has minimised playing any sweeps and cuts, the shots which he wasn’t even trained on purpose from his childhood days. In an age defined by flashy stroke plays, he is sticking to his grit and core values. He fancies playing the flicks, cover drives and loves being conventional without playing the ball in the air.

Honestly, I have never seen a player as dedicated as Virat. After his failure, not only did he work on his mental fitness but physical agility too. He was won so many games for India just by his running abilities. Can you believe that ? He runs with the same intensity in Whites as he does in Blues.

Virat is too good a player to repeat the mistakes. He doesn’t go after the bowler’s reputation now and believes in living every ball. He understands the context of the game really well and realises how crucial his wicket is to the opposition. The very fact that he knows the bounty on his wicket, yet never allows the pressure to surmount on his head, makes him as the world’s best modern day batsman.

If Virat can overcome his failures, so could you! Let’s treat him as an example to help us outgrow ourselves. Stay Kohlified !

References – Driven.

Why is Virat Kohli the Jesse Pinkman of Cricket?

Watching Breaking Bad is so much fun on various levels, especially if you are a cricket fan. The way Jesse Pinkman has become an epitome of awesomeness over a period of time, Virat on the similar lines is a household name in the Indian cricket. His batting is equally delightful as Aaron’s acting.

Here are 7 reasons why Virat Kohli is the Jesse Pinkman of Cricket –

He has a style which completely resonates with his ‘I-don’t-care-if-you-like-me-or-not’ personality, completely resembling Jesse’s persona. Not to forget, his batting is equally classy as Jesse’s one-liners. BITCH!

Jesse’s product was not up to the mark initially. The meth-crystals were only 95% pure but gradually he mastered his skillset. In a similar fashion, Virat eventually worked on his game to become the most consistent batsman of his era.

3.Highly Emotional
Virat is a man of principles and loses his calm if someone fiddles with them. He is brutally honest and keeps the emotions on his sleeve. He tends to get over emotional and attached to people he cares about exactly how Jesse was for Walter, Jane and Andrea’s son.

4.Takes Pride
His game overwrites any damn thing in this world in terms of priority. He takes pride in playing the sport and always gives his best no matter what it takes. Remember when India failed to qualify for the playoffs in the in 2012 World T20,he was into tears. On the other hand, he celebrates in a grand manner as well whenever India achieves something significant. Rewind your brain cells to the Champions Trophy 2013 final. Jesse too loves what he does.

Virat -Jesse

Yeah Science !

5.Has seen life
Virat, in a very young age has seen all the phases of his life. Lost his father when he was in his teens, toiled hard, backed his strengths, got a celebrity girlfriend, defended her thoroughly when she was blamed for India’s loss in the 2015 World Cup semifinal and now is the proud captain of the Indian National Team.

On the same lines, Jesse moved out of his parents’ house due to drug related issues ,stayed alone, went into deep shit, found a good mentor ,started working hard, went into a real relationship, lost her, moved on , earned a wealthy sum and survived liked a boss !

6. Street Smart
Raised in the middle-class household in Delhi, Kohli has been a street smart person right from the start. He knows how to tackle situations on the fly and shows creative exuberance in dealing with various on-field scenarios just like Jesse. I still remember Jesse’s brilliant plan to use magnets to destroy the incriminating evidence on the defunct meth distributor Gustavo’s laptop that had been locked away at police headquarters. Virat too did destroy Australia with his running, many a times.

7.Breaks Bad
Kohli is not afraid to take risks, challenge the stereotype mindset. He is honest, bold, brash and confident about his game. He is a rebel and the future of Indian Cricket. Gone are those days when Indians used to get sledged. He is not a monk and believes in fighting aggression with aggression, exactly the way Jesse does. He is harmless till someone does not invade his territory.

Yeah, that’s totally Kafkaesque !

Cricket, larger than life !

As a kid,never did I realise that Cricket will be an integral part of my life.
Not just does it bring back those nostalgic gully Cricket childhood memories but paves way to a meaningful life ahead.

It empowers my eyes to glitter, to fantasise and to be happy !

I think even though I’m a big time dumbass, I suck at keeping up with the technology, I find grace in being old-schooled, I have a family pack abs, I am not earning in dollars like majority, but I am blessed.
I am blessed to be passionate about something.

I have something to look forward to apart from work, alcohol and the Friday nights.

Cricket makes me a poet. It makes me worth existing. I know it sounds too exaggerated but it makes me feel alive.

If I closely respect my journey in this world,  it’s like a Test match – there have been numerous ups and downs. I failed at relationships, at my startup and many other places as friend, as a son, as a brother but Cricket never judged me. It keeps me going.

I may not have arrived to making it big with respect to Cricket but it does make me feel like the King especially when I am writing. And you know what, I will make it count eventually.

Cricket makes me realise how self belief and hard-work will actually sort everything you actually dream of.

Dreams do come true and it’s you sheer ability to dream that makes a dream, no longer a dream !

I am lucky to have witnessed Dravid, Sehwag, Klusener and Virat play.
Each one has played a significant role in being who I am. And guess what, each one has instilled me to be the weird me.

I bond over Cricket with people. In fact, most of my references at work or at social gatherings are from Cricket.

As I write prose on the sport, I feel valued deep inside. No one in this world makes me feel this special like Cricket does except my begum !

You’d be amazed to know the purpose of my life. It has got nothing to do with money or fame.
It’s all about watching the sport at the world’s best venues and the game at Lord’s would be the defining moment.

Now, why so much gyaan was offered. Let me explain –

1. I am not a motivational speaker or anything of that sort. It’s never too late to figure out what you are good at. In fact, a friend of mine who’s left everything and is pursuing her career as a voice-over artist.

2. Whenever I am extremely sad or happy, I leverage it to bring back my sanity to maintain the equilibrium. You could try too.

3. It’s one subject, I am extremely confident of. Even when it comes to addressing a gathering of thousands. I have an answer to query – what are you good at ? People spend their entire lives figuring out that.

4. It keeps my priorities straight – Cricket, Family, Pizza (in that order). It helps me declutter the best from the rest.

5. It gives me the role models to admire and to learn from.

Thank you Cricket for sorting my life ! I hope every gets theirs’ in shape through their passion.

Truth triumphs evil ! Passion triumphs boorish!
Happy Dussehra.