Sunday, February 27, 2011


Sachin has just completed his 100 th century and this is the interview that follows.

Harsha  - "Sachin that is some achievement...the first person in the history to score 100 100s.How do you feel.?"

Sachin " It seems like the first one...believe me the feeling is similar."

Harsha "Great...How do the other guys in the dresssing room feel. Gambhir also scored a 100 this match..but it's you who gets all the limelight, and this has happened for the last 21 years. How do the other guys react to it?"

Sachin "It's not about me's always been about the team...If We would have lost today....i think i would not have been this happier for my achievement. I couldn't have made it in these 21 years without my teammates."

Harsha "That's  really humble of you. It has been 21 years in international crciket. When are you planning to retire ..A lot of  teams would sigh a breath of relief.  You have really tortured them for long now.."

Sachin "(Laughs)  No it has never been that way...I have always enjoyed healthy competition . See the game of Cricket is above all ...all the players are its students. All of us are serving the game."

Harsha " Sachin i am seeing a pattern in all your answers...however i'll not discuss that right now . WE'll go on with the interview ."

Harsha "Sachin a lot of players like ...Baichung Bhutia....Saina Nehwal...Sania Mirza... have told about how they take inspiration from you. How do you feel when people from different sports tell you that?"

Sachin "See the basic ingredient for success in any sport is the same. You should be able to handle should be able to handle the success humbly and you should be ok with your failures. Thiese values are the core for any game...and this DNA transcends all games. You got to be a fighter and if you understand this'll do well in any sport .   "

Harsha "Infact we can extrapolate  this to crores of non - sportsperson who derive a lot of inspiration from you. They also like to emulate your work ethics....
Thanks for all these 25 years."

Thanks Harsha I feel it was all possible because of the  GOD up there...he has been really kind to me.

Sachin thanks for the lovely interview....i would like to share the pattern that i recognized in your answers.

When i tried to discuss the personal aspect of your achievement and compare it with the other team members you transcended your individuality and gave credit to the Team.

When i tried to compare the various international teams transcended the various teams and gave all credit to Cricket as a sport.

When i tried juxtaposing Cricket with other games transcended Cricket and took it to a higher abstraction of Sports.

When i tried comparing sportsmen with other profession people. I knew your integrity and profesionalism has transcended that boundary as well.

Sachin i think whatever you are doing is exceptional and you have transcended as  a human.

Thanks for taking birth at a time...when we could experience the phenomenon.

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Champion Performer

In that awe inspiring speech from Harsha he made a very profound point about how champions behave.
If you are a champion your performance is not at all proportional to the troubles/obstacles you face in your way.
A champion batsman will never say that I play well only on the Ahmedabad wicket but I’ll go 9 down against Australia at Gabba.
A champion bowler can never say that he is only good at the Indian pitches…because if a player says  so ..its not the player that’s good.
 It’s the conditions that were favorable.
I tried testing myself on this tenet of Harsha…and I found that I usually cycle my way to office almost twice a week…and this makes me feel like a champion. Riding 60 kms on a single day…and that too in the traffic of NH-58(Ghaziabad-Badrinath Highway) gives you a lot of confidence .
But there are times when I have pressure on me…work load is too much..and these are the days I give cycling a skip.
The excuse that I provide myself is that you need to have a peaceful mind to ride in that traffic….and as the work load is too much you might be thinking too much about the work and hence putting yourself in a trouble in that traffic.
But that’s not how champions do it. They play Bangladesh and Australia with the same tenacity.  They keep a peaceful mind in the toughest of situations….in either case I am not going to lessen the workload while I am reaching the excuse stands null and void.
Thanks Harsha for the beautiful lesson…Work load or no work load…I’ll perform.
PS: Cycling can be replaced with any activity that you feel like extrapolating this tenet to.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Score - 140/6

Last Friday was awesome...Make my trip had its semi annual Town hall meeting...i met Harsha Bhogle...and yes i made a Debut on acting front.( Link to nautanki).

Harsha was as usual brilliant...just wanted to share a part of his speech.

"There are two types of teams...
1) The teams that are playing not to lose.
2)The teams that are playing to win.

At first i thought it's the same either case you win.
but than he delved a bit deeper into the concept.

Being in the first frame of mind can be disastrous for the team/individual/company.

Following is the example that Harsha gave to make this point...

Australia Vs Bangladesh Test match was going on.

Bangladesh was asked to bat first and they surprised everyone by making 350/4 on the first day.
Scoring at almost 4 runs an over and losing just 4 wickets would have been an amazing achievement
for the best of the teams.

At the end of the day Mohammad Ashraful was congratulated by the media for the team's performance.

One of the interviewers asks Asharful
"You are in a really good position...What is your strategy from here on?"

Asharful "Another 100 runs tomorrow and we are safe."

I mean when you are not in the habit of just don't believe that you can win.
Even after being in such a good position he wanted to be safe...he just didn't believe that his team could win.

Next day they were bowled out for 427.
and Australia was 140-6 at the end of the day.

Gilchrist came for a similar press conference.
Bagladesh 427 in first inning and The super power australia 140 /6.

"Gilli what do you have to say for that kind of performance?"

Gilli "Yeah mate we have dug ourselves a pretty deep hole. it's going to take some effort to win it from here."

This is what champions do...they play to Win...
They are not playing for not losing but to win.

Next time whenever i find myself in a soup...i would surely remind me of the scoreline 140/6 and ask myself this question...

"Comeon mate how do you win it from here."

Gilchrist scored a 144 in that inning.
Australia won that match. by three wickets.
that's the match