What should be role of captain while communicating in media?


I have done it or we have done it? Why Dhoni become so colloquial of his choices, he made before last tour of Australia triangular series? He has all the credit of historical win or has he? I do not know right answer of above questions. But I am shocked to see this news; team practicing in Chennai for the coming test match against South Africa was seen polarized in two groups. Not to say surprisingly it was seniors vs relatively juniors. Kumble vs Dhoni. One wrong word in media is dividing the team. Dhoni, maturely could have avoided his personal feelings while talking to media. Dhoni should remember that he is not a caption of Junior team. He is captain of India. And seniors too represent India. BCCI should think on some polices on what should be role of captain while communicating in media.

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Seniors vs Juniors; what should be the right selection process?


M S Dhoni recently proved all the critics wrong on his choice of some junior cricketers over seniors by leading a spectacular performance in last CB series. All credit goes to him and his team. But I am surprised why he becomes so colloquial on his choice. As a captain representing a nation, how can you publicly announce that your choice is age based and not performance based? If he wants to prove a point then how could you forget the incredible performance of test team led by one of the senior most cricketers and performed by all especially so called seniors? If you closely analyze performance of young cricketers even in CB series, I had few doubt on actual potential of young cricketers in batting line up. In most of the matches middle order lead by all new blood cricketers failed. Only few performances can be counted as great that is too by Sachin, Gambhir and Dhoni himself. None of them can be claimed new in the team.

No, I do not want to prove seniors better over young cricketers. But I want to understand what should be the Ideal team selection process? Should it be based on age or performance? Should it be based on experience or recent forms in domestic, first class or international cricket? Should it be solely governed by a captions choice or be institutionalized through a robust performance management system? In all of the above questions I would like to prefer the later choice.

BCCI ready for next Olympic


No, Cricket is not going to be included in next Olympic Games. After mega launch of IPL, BCCI has surprised again by announcing a corpus of Rs 25 crore for sports other than cricket. BCCI and sports ministry will contribute Rs 25 crore each towards national sports development fund which will be applicable for five disciplines; archery, boxing, judo, swimming and weightlifting.

This is great news for Indian sports. Few days back there was a lot of debate on future of Indian sports other than cricket when Indian Hockey team failed to qualify for Olympics. By announcing participation in development in other sports, BCCI has shown how a private participation can change outlook of sports disciplines which are relatively underdeveloped. Cricket being leading sports in India, BCCI is also showing right leadership.

The current focus is on few individual sports only. No hockey, no football. However; this could be starting of new era of private participation in Indian sports.

ICC ODI Ranking and Indian Cricket


Not surprisingly Australia is no more number one in ODI ranking. South Africa has just taken over the first slot. Credit must go to India as their recent wins against Aussies in CB series forced Australia to step down.

One event can change course of history. Last year when India departed very early from world cup, none had ever thought that just in one year the come back of same team would be so fascinating to watch. But one event changed every thing. That was 20-20 world cup.Cricket India is in the talk now. Domestic cricket is boosting as IPL is emerging as one of the biggest commercial domestic sport.

India is not far behind from no1 position in ODI or Test ranking. I am confident with healthy domestic tournaments and new winning attitude will very soon make India as no team in the world. The probability is even more as other top teams have to manage their new problems. Australia need work on youth composition in team along with focus on quality of cricket. South Africa is clueless on their team selection process where quota on proposition of colored is still prevalent.

Unconditional Love


Have you ever watched the first sun ray coming to earth? I had very few occasions to feel such experience. one of those is unforgettable. It was during my college days when along with some of my friends, I was trekking at Purnagiri Mountains. Mountains around Purnagiri are famous for religious regions. People walk up the hill to see and worship ‘Maa Puragiri’. We did it too for the same reason during Navaratries of Oct’1998. We started in midnight with a target to reach at top at just in the morning. We did so. And you can’t imagine the experience of watching first sun light from top of the world. Every thing was in black and white just before the sun to start his day. And in fraction of a second the color of world changed. Black and white become full of colors no one can count.

The above experience is no way correlated to the center idea of this blog. But this experience gives me some insight on the topic. Sun, the source of power for all, gives us energy uniformly and consistently. Sun, the highest in hierarchy is unconditional donor of power to earth. It is unconditional because sun is not taking any thing in return. This is the law of nature. In humans or even in other living creatures look at the mother. Who gives unconditional love and nurture to her child.

I want unconditional love. I want to extend the same. First you have to give unconditional love to your family, profession, friend or society then only you can expect the same from them. Because it is a give and take process and not a take and give.

Hobby vs Profession


There was a story on Warren Buffet. In his childhood he used to study annual report of various companies during his vacation. That was not intended to become biggest investor. Rather it was derived from his own deep interest to understand financial of a company. We call it a hobby. Fortunately Buffet’s hobby become instrumental to his success as there was no difference between his hobby and profession.
All of us have some or other interests. Only few of us posses their interests as their profession. Not surprisingly these people are more successful and satisfied in their life. When your interest become your profession, you put your passion to work along with your knowledge, skills and attitude. Moreover, when you work passionately your quality of experiences and learnings become higher. There are lot of examples in our surroundings. Most of the known sportsmen, actors, artist, musicians have followed their hobby passionately to make that their successful profession. There could be unknown people from the same category struggling to leave a mark but I am sure they must be at least satisfying their inner voice.
I am from the other category of people who’s profession and hobby are not same. However; I can derive one conclusion from the above to answer the biggest question of how to get exceptionally successfull career.
In life sometimes undoing things is not easy. For people like me, at 30, if its not late then at least not viable to pursue new career in the area of biggest hobby or interest. However; converting my profession into my biggest interests or hobby is the easiest option. Option is easy, but execution is not. Converting your profession into your hobby will require an honest effort from your inner self. There is no formula of quick conversion but an honest approach will change your professional outlook and success.

Confusion


There are three types of people in the world. I will explain this with an analogy of a farmer seeding his field for a healthy crop full of grains. Type one people are exceptional achievers. They get level field, healthy seeds and healthy environment. They only sow to get healthiest crop and healthiest grain. I will explain second type later. Before that here is third type. Type three are just opposite of type one. They do nothing. healthy or unhealthy, good or bad, they do not sow at all. There is a law of nature which every one knows. You will get good crop only if you sow good seed. But for the third type of people opposite is not true. Because its not like if you do not sow anything you will not get anything, instead you will get something in either case. In this case there will be weeds which will not only spoil your level field but also kill the fertility of the ground.
Now the great type two people comes into the picture. They are not given any level field. Their fields are full of weeds created by type three people. These people are real hard worker. They will first remove weeds, then they will cultivate field to make it level and suitable for sowing. Then they will sow and wait for result. And because of lost fertility of ground they will only get variable results in the form of unhealthy to semi healthy crops and grains.
My confusion is on law of Karma. People in type two are basically honest and hard working. They give their full efforts but in return they are still underachievers.
In a society type one and type two can be correlated with high class and the class wanted to upgrade to high class. Type three is parallel to the group institutionalizing evil and crime in the society. This is true in an organizational perspective too.
Confusion number two is instead of cleaning the weeds why not to clean up type three people itself. This could be biggest task to debate for execution. But at least a healthy education system, goverment and society can start the process. The effort will be useful for all of us. Who does not want level playing field and healthy conditions?