Cricket: Lessons of Life

World T20 Cricket Match of India vs Bangladesh, Wednesday, 23 March, 2016, that freaking last over was a neat set of life lessons. Here is how:

Bangladesh needs 12 runs in last over. Over a billion people are on edge with their asses on cusp of dispair or joy.

  1. Pandya goes for 2 fours in first 3 balls: At this point game is over for India. But Pandya still keeps his head to ball some what sensibly for last 3 balls.
    Life lesson 1: It is never lost untill you lose it. Even if defeat is staring at your face.
  2. Mushfiqur hits second four in last over and punches in air. Just 2 runs needed in 3 balls. So they have won he thinks. The Bangla dugout stands clapping. Wrong assumption.
    Life lesson 2: Never count your chickens untill they are hatched. Really hatched.
  3. Two runs needed in last ball. A billion people watching are trembling with nerves. Dhoni remains cool showing no emotion. In the melee of last ball when bilion minds have raced to confusion, he has sense to not throw the ball and run the batsman out. He knows he has won , yet he doesnt jump into air or punches his fist.
    Life lesson 3: Equanimity and dispassion is key to master one’s mind. No excessive joy in good time and no excessive sorrow in unfavorable times is how one should live.
  4. One freak hit and Bangladesh could have won. One run in last over and it could have been a tie. Anything was possible like a random chance at toss of dice.
    Life lesson 4: There is an overall seeming randomness in life. In end you lose some and you win some by an unknown roll of dice.

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