“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.”- Ross Perot
Cricket is one sport I’m completely fanatic about. I have the most amazing memories associated with it, especially in my growing up years. I enjoy all its formats equally.
But ever since the T20 format came in, I’ve become even more of a fan of this sport (I didn’t even know that was possible)
When the IPL began way back in 2008, I was over the moon for two reasons:
1. It would give me a chance to brag in front of the football fans who were always on about their favorite teams in the EPL (Chelsea this…, Manchester United that…., and so on).
2. I would be able to cheer for my favorite overseas players as part of my own favorite team in the IPL.
From the time it began, till now, thirteen seasons down the line, this sporting event has only grown more popular with each season. From collaborative spirits to nail-biting moments, the IPL has given cricket lovers many memorable moments.
Over and above providing ample entertainment, here are a few things I have learned by following this event.
1. It’s not over till it’s over
On several occasions, I’ve switched to another channel or task thinking, “I already who is going to win this” only to end up with regret. Why? Because I missed out on some nail-biting finishers where the winning team turned out to be completely opposite of what I presumed.
Besides teaching me to watch every match till the very last bowl, this has taught me two important things about life too:
a. You can never correctly presume what the next moment will bring till your last breath.
b. More often than not, you’ll end up being wrong, and that’s completely fine.
2. Every moment is crucial when working
This especially holds true in the death overs of the IPL matches. One bowl hit over the fence and the game changes in the favor of the underdog team. Getting too excited or confident over this can also be dire though.
Because the very next bowl might be a dot ball or worse, a wicket-taking one.
Isn’t that what life is all about too? So,
Being vigilant at all moments, especially when an important task is on our hands, is extremely important.
3. Well begun isn’t always well ended
Some of the top teams in the IPL (especially Mumbai Indians )have always had a rough start to the tournament. But then eventually end up either winning or at least being in the top 4.
On the contrary, teams that begin with a bang, don’t even make it to the playoffs.
This only goes to prove that, in life, too,
You can never assume that just because you performed well once, your next piece of work will be a success too.
Thank you for reading.