Far from the madding crowd at Mohali, where the Indian and Pakistan cricket teams were slugging it out for a place in the World Cup finals, corporate bigwigs took a day off from boardrooms, devoting the day entirely to discuss the nitty-gritty of the match.
“We should notch up at least 300 and then go for the kill when we bowl,” said one banker smacking his lips, as if deep in thought over a financial killing in the market.
Harpal Singh, mentor and chairman of Fortis Healthcare echoed similar views. “We want India to score over 350, and that is the only target for the day.”
India however managed to score 260 in its innings.
NIIT CEO Vijay Thadani, CII president Hari Bhartia, Fortis group chairman Malvinder Mohan Singh, Hero Corporate Services chairman Sunil Kant Munjal and CII director-general Chandrajit Banerjee were among 150-odd CEOs and senior government officials who watched the match.
Nuggets of wisdom emanating would make even cricket experts blush.
“More aggression is required as you never know when the downslide (read recession) might start,” said another industry captain.
There were different opinions on the nature of the Mohali wicket. While some thought it might turn in the evening, others thought it was a batsmen-friendly pitch.
Sachin Tendulkar, who went to score 88, was industry captains’ favourite. “Sachin will always remain the numero uno player with a huge brand value but Ashwin is the new face for companies to seek after,” said Sunil Kant Munjal.