Alright. So its saturday. I couldnt type a word yesterday. I promised i would write about my meeting with Kris Srikkanth. Well here it is. He turned up sharp 7pm as decided and so did Ramesh Krishnan. But the evening truly belonged to Kris Srikkanth. He decided to tell us about life, cricket and management. According to him they are all one. His steps to success were as follows:
1. Have faith in yourself
2. Believe in God
3. Be a performing leader
4. Understand that your juniors can be smarter than you
5. Have national pride
6. Fix a target with a realistic time frame
7. Be detached from the fruits of your labour
8. Just enjoy what you are doing9. Take up and own responsibilities
10. Be accountable
"Chika" as everyone called him didnt want to be a cricketeer. His parents told him "do what you want but bloody well get your degree". His 1983 world cup came as a total surprise for the entire team as they were preparing for a vacation and not really interested with the cup. But it was Kapil Dev who got the team together and said "If we can beat West Indies once...why not once more?" His priest told him to chant a mantra for good luck and he began to recieve ad contracts. He thinks womens cricket will take time to grow on people. He was aware of the dot com bang and boom and sold his online just in time. He is irritated with Indian's colonial hangover. He is sad that not many knows Ramesh Krishnan was once ranked 23 in the world!
I asked him " Chika...as a young indian..its been a great learning experience listening to you. I have learnt a lot about managment, conflict resolution, self confidence etc and am sure will go a long way in our respective works. However, i was wondering if you can you give me that priests mantra?"
His laughter was like a roar. And he asked me to scribble it and chant it 12 times a day.