Sunday, December 21, 2003

words from the man whom I adore greatly both as a person and a cricketer - Rahul Dravid

A reason for that is the way Dravid approaches every ball. Yes, not every game, not every innings, but every ball. In an interview before the 1999-2000 Australia tour (incidentally, his worst tour; he scored only 93 runs in the series at a dismal average of 15), he explained his philosophy in simple yet lucent words: "I try and play one ball at a time, I try and look at it as one ball at a time. The most important thing t o realise when you are batting is that the only thing that decides your fate, your score, your career or anything else, is that next ball. What happened in the past and what will happen in the future is something you can't control. But if you can have your utmost focus and concentration on the very next ball that you are going to play, then that is the only thing that matters. That one ball has numerous possibilities. It could get you out, you could score runs off it. And you have control only over that one particular thing. You have to bring your mind to that, and if you can do that over a long period of time, you will succeed." Then he added: "It is not an easy thing to do, though."

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