Life's like...

Posted by Anantha | Posted in | Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2007

‘Life’s like chasing a score of 320 runs in an ODI’. These were the words of wisdom uttered by my cousin Chandan. I had heard ppl giving analogy of bullock cart/game/ship/gamble etc for life. I’ve even heard ppl calling life as Cricket, KabaDDi [ha ha kabaDDi was a sarcasm though]etc etc. But I found ‘Life’s like chasing 320 runs in an ODI’ very apt. Its all Chandan’s philosophy, the moment he said, it caught my attention. I kept thinking over and over again and derived few of my own corollaries for the above theorem.

  • If you object to this philosophy and say it was a blunder to concede 319 runs when we bowled… I’ve an answer for that. I would like to say, There’s absolutely no mistake of ours in conceding 319 runs! U know why, cos in this game we never get to bowl!!!! Call it poorvarjitha karma or results of the previous matches played. But its true. Just the target of 320 is set for us. We are just given a chance to chase…
  • The opponents for us are again chosen according to the whims of THE BOSS above. Its their luck if ppl get to chase 320 against Zimbabwe or against Aussies. U can either crib about ur fate or be valiant in chasing the target
  • After all, all of 320 runs can’t come from your willow right? Dats why life is called as a team game. The other members of ur team could be your parents, relatives, frnds and acquaintances
  • There’s no point in chasing the target if there is no planned approach to achieve it
  • U cant afford to slow down [forget relaxing] after scoring 100 runs in 1st 10 Overs. There’s is still 220 runs to chase in 40 overs dude… Keep validating your current run rate with the required run rate after every 5 overs. This is like meeting the short term goals towards achieving that one big long term dream.
  • Stealing a quick single is as important as sending a bad ball over the rope for a boundary. The value of a quick single is known only when we lose the match by a single run.
  • Its pressure every moment, U need to score more than 6 runs a over no matter what.. no matter who is the bowler
  • An out swinger outside the off stump is always tempting, but never try it unless ur sure of hitting it hard
  • Its easy get carried away by the applause and cheering of the crowd soon after you hit a maximum. But wait and control your aggression, take a deep breath and then play the next ball wisely
  • U never know .. U may get out soon.... U may get run out cos of ur partner’s wrong call, u may get bowled for a googly. After all the courage and conviction, u might even fall prey for wrong decision by umpire. Tough luck, nothing can be done abt it… U just have to return to pavilion. That’s part n parcel of the game
  • Look up to the facts and figures from history. SA chased 434 successfully against Aussies. So 320 is difficult but not an impossible target.
After all this if u fail to chase 320, don’t get disheartened by the defeat. But go to bed thinking that you had given ur best shot before you lost the game. Then embrace the sleep, everlasting sleep... till ur name appears in the next round of fixtures..

Comments (3)

Well, If you can remember, it was India who held the record for the highest successful run chase of 326 runs against West Indies for quite a long time.. till that fateful Day for Australian Cricket!

So, my question is.. why 320 runs??? These days, this is achievable quite easily.. I keep aiming at something around 340 so that it is difficult and exciting as well! :)

too ambitious huh..? I like it.. i like it.. :)
dear! wat if it rains during the match and referee calls for Dckwrth Lws method.. :(

I ceratinly agree with all the corollaries given by you anantha, especially the one where you compare the short term goals to a five-over target and the long term goal as the final target of 320!
By using these analogies which keep us interested, it becomes easy for us to walk through the tough path of life

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