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A Poem by Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title
Today, I declare I am strong and brave, not timid nor weak.
Today, I declare that my past will no longer limit my future and just because I couldn’t achieve something yesterday doesn’t mean I won’t do it this day.
Today, I declare that I’ll honor my talents, express my gifts and reveal my creativity to everyone around me.
Today, I declare I’ll be loyal to my values, respectful of my mission and fiercely focused on my dreams.
Today, I declare that I am a maker versus a consumer, a giver versus a taker and a visionary versus a victim.
Today, I declare that I will always be part of the solution and never part of the problem.
Today, I declare that when I fall, I will certainly rise and when I’m in doubt, I will persist.
Today, I declare that I will cherish my health, feed my mind and nourish my soul.
Today, I declare that I am surrounding myself with people who are smarter, faster, stronger and better than me so I am uplifted by their models and inspired by their examples.
Today, I declare that I set the standard in my work, am becoming the icon of my industry and a legend at my craft.
Today, I declare that I adore my family, am grateful for my friends and am an encourager to all those who are blessed to cross my path.
Today, I declare that this New Year is MY year. My time to grow, excel, laugh, love, win, believe, persevere and serve, knowing that I am truly the leader of my fate, the owner of my results and the hero of my destiny.
How Cricket can be even cooler sports than what it is now? What are the some of innovative ideas?
Look one can have plenty of cool ideas about Cricket, will ICC listen? Will every board members agree to that? The major power player is BCCI, now in country like ours where we don't like change, even ideas like T10Is for only Olympic games also get sidetracked. People of India are also not really comfortable with any change. One needs to push it to them, remember first T20I WC in SA, well before that tournament, BCCI wasn't ready to play by saying T20I was a joke, Indian people also kind of went with that as they follow most often our former cricketer say, fortunately BCCI voted out in the meeting, and rest is history. Now look at Indian public's craze with T20Is. Because Indian people most often don't know what they want. Ask most Indian about T10Is only for Olympic as even 3 hr of T20Is are long for Olympic, they will say they hate the ideas. They said same thing about T20Is as well. Actually the problems with Cricket are tradition and nostalgia and it's clash with this modern world. At certain points of time ICC and BCCI need to choose between keeping the old fans satisfied or creating completely new age fan base who weren't interested in cricket before by creating new version of Cricket which more interesting and eye catching than before for even those who doesn't have any ideas about Cricket before.
I mean look at old test cricket loving crowds in Australia and England. What will happen after 10 years from now, when most of them will be dead?
No one knows answer to this question.
First of all, if you look at world sports, glamour sells and it sells well in sports.
I mean anyone can see woman's tennis obvious popularity now, and it's sheer level of competitiveness, but is it always like this?
A big no
Glamour started to bring attention and money in the sports and then gradually women's tennis competitiveness hit the roof.
Some things similar could be done for women's Cricket. Conservative ideas won't help anyone here.
There should be a group in ICC whose prime job is to research on Cricket and build some new ideas to make it more interesting and innovative and exciting for the new crowds, they should research on Cricket to bring new kind of thinking to change the game forever, they should research why particular group of people in particular part of the world like particular game, what is the thinking behind that kind of mentality, how they could be interested in cricket, what general Cricket fans are thinking about the game, what they want, how they want game to change, maybe they should learn from other sports- what is working for other sports, bring that into Cricket etc etc etc etc etc etc
For test cricket:
Cricket specially test cricket is based on certain factors like patience etc where percentage of that happening from people are very low. Let's add to that 5 day long test cricket in today's day and age . And you get ignorance and ridiculing from people and even from those test playing nations. Test cricket lover always say that test cricket is like those traditional setar music whereas T20Is are more like hip hop.
But is it really???
Or is it more complex than that?
See people are very participatory nature in their core even though the whole concept of test cricket will drive away most people these days and that should be expected not to be surprised about but people end of days like to see their team is playing and participating and competing and competing hard even if the level of cricket is not exactly up to mark to the purist test cricket lovers.
What exactly my point here?
It's very simple.
Former cricketer always talk about balance between bat and ball , yet they never do anything about it pushing convention wisdom AKA with innovative thought process.
What is exactly going on now in limited over's cricket?
There's some invisible structure where 40% of matches are played on extremely flat surface and rest of 60% matches played on three types pitches - slow(20%), turning(20%), seaming(20%).
But in test cricket it is extremely opposite such as bowling favoured pitch since the perception is that limited over's cricket is only played on flat surface therefore test cricket should be played on bowling favoured pitch otherwise bowlers will disappear.
But it just different tone from the past era when test cricket was played on flat surface otherwise it is very same. It just two sides of a same coin.
While it is very hard to make test cricket viewers friendly in today's day and age. But one can try and do by pushing the conventional wisdom.
How is that possible?
Well first of all stop trying to pretend that test cricket is a simple game.
It is not. It is the most complex game in the world.
So rather than trying to be something that test cricket is not , I say test cricket should hold on to it's best attributes that it is a complex game therefore innovate rules from that point of view to make this game more multi dimensional and contest worthy in every single matches.
It should not matter which team is playing against which team.
Since pitch is such a big deal in test cricket , let's make rules based on according to every kind of pitch that a cricket game can offer.
This should be the job for match referee since most of the time they are not super busy in Cricket game. They should handle this complex responsibility of cricket rules with accordance to cricket pitch to bring out it's multi dimensional nature.
Situation no 1>
If the pitch is absolutely flat and nothing is happening allow the bowlers to push the envelope of conventional wisdom of cricket rules. Allow ball tampering to an certain extent to reverse swing the ball both ways and allow Spinners to bowl with illegal action to bring different varieties like dusra etc to cause problems for the batsman in a bowlers graveyard. There are lots of theory and calculation out there today which wasn't earlier to predict the pitch better than ever before so this should not be that hard for match referees.
Situation no 2>
If pitch is too slow and nothing is happening. Allow the bowlers to do exactly like in situation 1 but also make sure the boundary limit is ridiculously small(extremely small) to give a ‘kick start' advantage to test batsman to play more attacking cricket since most of them are devoid of great stroke making ability to suit the test cricket.
Situation no 3>
If pitch is seaming like in England or South Africa or in New Zealand, allow the boundary limit just like in situation 2 to favour the batsman to play more attacking cricket.
Situation no 4>
If pitch is turning like in Indian subcontinent, allow the boundary limit just like in situation 2&3 to favour the batsman to play more attacking cricket.
This will almost make sure that the percentage of draw become almost non existent.
This is a creative idea which you have the option to disagree with but remember something is always better than nothing and this will also make sure small teams to come into the game big way in test cricket and everyone, I mean everyone will have their opportunity to eat the pie and that of course include big teams.
But is it going to make test cricket very popular?
I don't think so.
Is it going to make better test cricket for everyone , I mean not just the big teams but even for the small teams- I believe so.
What do you think?
For ODIs :
What exactly do we want from ODIs, we want to see two teams are contesting hard inspite of their unequal power of strength as it should not matter which team is playing against which team. I have a solution for this, but a warning it will sound complicated so read carefully, truth is if you want to make Cricket matches one sided contest free then we don't have much options but the complicated ways as Cricket is designed to be one sided.
In ODIs a bowler's limitation is 10 overs, but there are circumstances when bowler is bowling superbly but in rest of the bowling line up, few are okay and few are having a off day. To counter this situation, one option is that best bowler from that day can bowl upto 20 overs or in another option two of the best from the rest can bowl 15 overs each and rest can bowl either remaining 30 overs or 20 overs with 10 overs limit respectively or as another option go back to traditional five bowlers 10 over max rule. The bowling captain needs to decide and let umpire know after the chosen bowler or bowlers finished their first 6 overs. When one team goes to bat they should have the option of having two batsman from the reserve bench replacing any two bowlers from playing XI, when they go to bowl everything will be the way it was before. In a similar bowling team will also have the option to choose two bowlers from reserve bench replacing two batsman and when the bowling team will go to bat things will be the way they were before. Four bouncers in a over should be another nice option. When a team is all out they should have the option of playing their XI again but with each batsman coming to bat, there will be 60 runs penalty cut off from the total and this will be considered 2nd innings of that particular batsman in that match (Only for the batting team as this will farther complicate it for the bowling stats, so bowlers don't need any second innings)[Remember this second innings options can be used any situation not just when team is all out, for example suppose Virat Kohli has got out early with this rule he can bat again anytime but with 60 runs extra to the total as it has been cut off from the total as penalty for using the second innings options, yeah now it sounds very interesting], stats and average will be working according to that. This new rule will make sure both team & comparatively weaker team stay in the match and it will be multiplying their strength there by reducing the percentage of one sided contest. Because ODIs go on for long time therefore one sided contest is killing it. I believe this is the best cure at the moment.
See the idea is very simple, let's have one team whose strength is 100 and another team whose strength is 10 and you will know that who is going to win even before the match and with above mentioned ideas both team's strength will be multiplied at least hundred times which means even though the stronger team will win most occasions but game will be very close contested therefore one dimensional nature free. This is what people are looking for from ODIs and Cricket.
So How do you like this idea which you have the option to disagree with but remember something is better than nothing and it just a creative thought end of the days. You can add if you have something.
I think that's going too far with emotions as we are probably (it's better to be optimistic than looser mentality) losing this match(5th ODIs between Australia and India) :D
We are still very very very good team and have a great chance to win World Cup
First of all, they(Indian team management) screwed up little bit with timing of their players and choosing and picking them to play in the no 4 position
For example we still have no idea who will be our no 4 and that's not a good thing.
Now let me explain how they screwed up-
Ajinkya Rahane: He played far too many games for India in limited over's cricket when everyone knew that he isn't limited over's cricketer. He played closed to hundred ODIs without any match winning abilities. He was partially responsible for Indian team loosing the match in 2015 WC against Australia and in 2016 WC against West Indies, he just couldn't score quickly enough
Manish Pandey: He was scoring runs and performing but then Ajinkya Rahane was playing in his position and he was either in reserved bench or out of the squad when he got his chances later, he wasn't as good as he was before, remember his match winning century innings against Australia but that never happened again, this is why players need to get enough chances when they are in form, specially when he is a young cricketer
Shreyas Iyer: What happened with him, huh? He got so little chances, what the case here only Rahane is supposed to play close to hundred ODIs without any match winning abilities or performances, Shreyas Iyer, I thought talented player from Mumbai was wasted because he wasn't favourite child of Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar (:D), really sad, I believe he was a limited over's cricketer not Rahane
KLRahul: He got debut in what 5 years ago for India. He debuted with a magnificent century in ODIs with a match winning knock with a high strikes rates. And he played 15 ODIs in 5 years!!!!!!?? He was mostly out of the team despite early performance and was sitting outside. He was performing magnificently in T20Is yet he wasn't getting any place in the T20Is squad when he had better average and strike rates than everyone in world cricket!!??!!!! In the last match he got chance to bat after so many months, and he was playing well, didn't throw the wicket like Vijay Shankar today, yet he was dropped today. And we are wondering why he has mental issues when it comes to his batting. Why suddenly he lost confidence in his batting? Are you fucking kidding me?? Player like Rahane plays close 100 ODIs without any match winning performance and KLRahul is getting harsh treatment despite impressive performance!!! And we are wondering why??!!! No wonder we don't know who is our number four yet. If we don't handle our talented players then we will be in this position. Rohit Sharma wasn't performing either in early part of his career but Dhoni stuck with him and now look at the result. KLRahul is talented like Rohit Sharma, he can absolutely decimated opposition but he never got any long rope at all. Saurabh Ganguly gave plenty of chances to Shewag and look how that turned out
Rishabh Pant: First of all, Rishabh Pant does not have a very good record in domestic 50 over's matches in India. He has 20 something average. He has only performed in IPL and Ranji trophy. But still knowing his ability, they should have given a long rope before WC just as a batsman but that didn't happen either. Ishan Kishan has 40+ average and 98+ strike rates in domestic 50 over's matches in India and he didn't get a single game to play in ODIs (:D) but hey at least Rahane played 100 ODIs without any match winning abilities. Maybe we should give Indian team the name “Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar's favourite team”
Shubhmaan Gill: He was performing regularly for the last one year in list A matches and in Indian domestic 50 over's matches and he just got two opportunities despite the fact everyone knows his ability to win match with strokes all over the ground (:D), Oh! I forgot he isn't Rahane, other lesser batsman would only get one or two match :D
Vijay Shankar: We just know too little about him to comment anything, he isn't an all-rounder, more of part time medium pacer who can bat but not really match winner either with bat but we still don't know much about him to comment, he slightly overrated by the Indian team management
Mayank Markandey: We all know that wrist spinners are performing very well nowadays even those who aren't that talented. Weirdly batsmans all over today are struggling to play wrist spinners. And we had another young wrist spinner after Kuldeep and Chahal who tossed the ball and he just got one game and that too in a T20Is match against New Zealand and after that nothing :D
I think you probably understood by now what is our problem?
Poor handling of real talent and overrating player like Rahane in limited over's cricket when he always was a test cricketer strictly therefore giving him plenty of chances at the cost of other more suitable ODIs batsman when they were in form.
As I Began to Love Myself – Self Love Poem by Charlie Chaplin
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebodyAs I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the timewas not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though thisperson was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.Today I call it “MATURITY”.As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happensat the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time,and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to doand that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and inmy own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good formy health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drewme down and away from myself. At first I called this attitudea healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever sinceI was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worryabout the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHINGis happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb meand it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, mymind became a valuable ally. Today I call thisconnection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problemswith ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashingnew worlds are born.Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”! ----