Management students are bowled over by ?Siddhuisms?
MEMBER OF Parliament, ex-cricketer and TV commentator Navjot Singh Siddhu generated management mantras by drawing instances from the lives of cricket legends and Indian scriptures, here today.india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 15:50 IST
MEMBER OF Parliament, ex-cricketer and TV commentator Navjot Singh Siddhu generated management mantras by drawing instances from the lives of cricket legends and Indian scriptures, here today.
Addressing the concluding session of national management convention 2006 organised by Indore Management Association at Abhay Prashal this evening, he bowled over the management students present in large number through anecdotes to prove that its not envy but thorough hard work, positive thinking, self-belief, maintaining individuality, restraint and sharing knowledge that leads one to success.
“The greatest deterrent to success is fear of failure, which is the shortest route to defeat. Life is not about winning every battle, its about winning the war,” he said.
Giving example of self-confidence, Siddhu narrated how Kapil Dev, during his initial years when he didn’t know English, faced foreign journalists after his nine-wicket haul in the Ahmedabad cricket match. Amidst a barrage of questions, journalists asked him why another fast bowler like Kapil could not be produced.
True to his Jaat manner, Kapil Paaji replied, “Mere pitaaji ka dehant ho gaya hai, maa bahut budhi, isliye doosara Kapil paida nahi ho sakata.” (My father has expired and mother is too old, so another Kapil cannot be produced!)
Giving another example, he narrated how Virender Sehwag, when provoked constantly by Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar to hook his ball, overcame embarrassment. “Akhtar was constantly demanding to hook his ball, but Sehwag couldn’t do it in the entire over.
At the end of over, Virender walked up to Shoaib and said, “Oye, tu bowling kar raha hai ya bheek maang raha hai,” (Are you bowling or begging?) He also gave example of debutant 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar
who despite failing miserably in first three test matches against Pakistan in 1989 overcame nose injury he received during a fast delivery and scored more than 50 runs.
Throwing another nugget at the young crowd, Navjot asked them to be accountable to their conscience and in tune with their inner voice instead of imitating others.
Giving his own example, he said that had he followed his coach’s advice to hit singles instead of sixes at international matches, he would have never succeeded as a cricketer.
“Against my coach’s tips, I stuck to my original game and hit 29 sixes in Reliance World Cup tournament at Chennai, which is a world record,” Siddhu Sixer remarked.
‘‘So arise, awake and recognise the power within you. God is in your soul,’’ said Navjot.
‘We’ll do well against England’
NAVJOT SINGH Siddhu expressed confidence that India would perform well against England in the forthcoming cricket matches. “After winning ODI series against Pakistan, India team is beaming with confidence,” Siddhu remarked during brief interaction with media persons here today.
The Indian team is right mix of youthful energy and self-confidence, he added, before the Indian Management Association national convention organisers took him away to deliver the keynote address at Abhay Prashal auditorium.
First Published: Feb 19, 2006 15:50 IST