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‘Those determined to reach their goals know that. The distance between your dreams and reality is discipline.’
by Nisha Karthigeyan
(Photo by Patrick Hendry from Unsplash)
I am a sports fan. The reason I write this article is to pen my thoughts on India’s most swashbuckling sportstar, Indian cricketer Virat Kohli. (also the current captain of the One day International and test matches)
Few days ago, my son suggested we play a game on famous sports personalities, from around the world. Each person says a name starting with the end letter of the sports person, the other person said.
According to the mood, I decided for myself that this list would purely be based on their handsomeness (combination of looks, personality and the way they carry themselves in public) , without necessarily taking their sports talent/skills into consideration. While most of them are sports legends- undoubtedly bothe women and men, some are relatively unknown or lesser-known. But all of them have played sports at international level.
Towards the end of our play, we had a little chat on whom we like the most in the respective sports arena. While my son is a huge admirer of football, I have my heart in cricket.
I remember my younger days when I used to be dad’s favourite companion in watching the sport. I used to have a thing or two to ask and would get annoyed when the game didn’t play out on television, the way I would envisage.
I enjoy the game for all it’s deadly combination of collective calm and individual prowess.
In today’s time, if I had to chooses one cricketer as the strongest in the world, it would be none other than Virat Kohli!
And trust me, my reasons have nothing to do with anything but his character as a cricketer.
Okay, so let’s unpack my sentiments about him. You don’t like a person. There are qualities and actions of a person you like.
- I like his unwavering focus on the game.
- I like how he would hurl expletives when pumped up because that was his way of showing how involved he is in what he’s doing.
- I like it when he jumps and punches the air when he scores a fifty or a hundred and when he takes the team past the finish line because that shows how much he wants it to happen.
- I like to see his exercise videos on social media because that will inspire at least a few people who idolise him to become fit.
- I like to see him sing and dance with team mates,( my son has exhausted his chances of the gangnam style dance video) where he shows that he’s not just about sports and fitness.
- I am a fan of his passion for cricket and his supreme adaptability.
- He is strong not physically alone but also from the mind. He is not bogged down, appears to take things as they come, plays to win and is unaffected by any type of criticism. His focus while playing cricket is at another level. When he is there at the crease, he puts up a fight against the opposition and at the same time keeps enjoying his game.
This man combines hard-work, intelligence and a spirit to fight and win, and I would spend money on watching him with my sons, for as long as, they can take those positives back home!
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My favourite sportsperson and what I want my sons to learn by watching him. was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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A Micro Fiction
Peter was very fond of cricket. He wanted to be a batsman. He had been coming for evening practice for the last two years. His coach never gave him a chance to bat. He had always been a fielder. When Peter came for practice, his father used to sit in the field’s corner.
It was really strange that Peter did not come for three days for practice when Inter-School Matches began. His school team had won Semi-final and been preparing for the final. On the fourth day, Peter came and vehemently requested his coach to allow him to bat. The coach was utterly surprised that a boy who never batted in a match. How could he be given a chance in the final?
Peter was desperately requesting, almost begging miserably for a chance of batting. The coach tried his best to convince him and said, “My boy, how could I allow you to bat with no match experience? I can’t put the image of the school at stake.” Peter with tears in his eyes assured his coach not to disappoint him. The coach agreed to give him a chance of batting in the final.
The next day it was the Final match. Peter got batting in the fourth place. The first three batsmen could not score well. Peter started as a professional batsman and batted three sixes in an over. His run-score was soon crossing half a century. His coach was standing stunned with excitement and regretting. How could he fail to recognize such a talent? Peter scored 90 runs in the match of 20 overs. He brought a landslide victory for his team. In the very first match, he became a star, batsmen.
His coach proudly hugged him and asked, “How did you play so well?” Peter replied, “My father was watching me bat.” The coach looked around but couldn’t see his father anywhere in the grounds.” Peter told, “My father was blind. I had never told you. He died three days back. It is the fourth day. He is watching me from heaven.”
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