- I had a great evening with Adam Gilchrist on this Saturday . Attended the event on an invitation from the Australlian embassy.Gilchrist came as the brand ambassador of University of Wollongong, Australlia to promote the university in Chennai . His brother was an alumni of the institute and Gil’s father used to coach there.That’s how Gil got involved with the university . No prize for guessing that many of the questions they volleyed were around the recent attacks on Indian students in Australlia. They downplayed the subject citing the stats that out of a huge Indian population in Australlia , number of such incidents are really very small and are usually blown out of proportion by media . They don’t know that my latest trick ( am sure many other Indian parents also do the same) of keeping Aniket under check is to tell him that if you don’t make it to a good University in US or IIMs , your next destination is going to be Australlia !
I asked him what keeps him going ? He said , it was the desire to sacrifice for whatever you want to do. He feels , for success , there should be absolute desperation to be totally committed to whatever you are doing. He was citing the example of his missing a catch off VVS Lakshman on one occasion ( world cup final or semi final) just by a few inches and after a post match video analysis he saw he could have easily reached out by those extra few inches and taken the catch had he been totally desperate to do so . So his conclusion was that , to be successful , whatever you are doing , at that point of time that is the most important work for you in the whole world . While explaining what he did to bring a change in fortune for Deccan Charger from IPL1 TO IPL 2 , he gave two key reasons –(1) Leadership programme on cultural appreciation since there were seven different nationalities playing in the team including the support staff , and (2) creating an environment where players would love to be in. To him , the shift from IPL 1 to IPL 2 was the biggest challenge in his cricketing career. While citing some of the difficult moments of his wicket keeping he remembered experience of keeping during VVS Lakshman’s knock of about 290 runs at Eden and keeping against Michael Bevan , since Bevan himself had absolutely no idea of what he was bowling !
Transformation of Deccan Charger from IPL1 TO IPL 2 can definitely make a good corporate lesson. I am sure Gil is writing on this .