The Winning Juxtapose
Published On : 27 Feb 2017
Article Category : Musings
Mantriji Content Manager
The origins of the Gentleman’s game lie somewhere in the Dark Ages- A game, the roots of which were noted to be as an individual’s sport exercised in leisure, following which came the transitions as a Royal man’s game and then to its present-day form as a highly regarded team sport. With the new trends and combative format changes, is the transition an eye pleasing summersault or an overkill depends on the individuals’ perspective, but two incidents – Clive Lloyd’s’ West Indian team dominance and Shane Warne’s Rajasthan Royals IPL victory create a complete juxtapose with reference to the winning ways.
The Mighty West Indians – Being and Staying at the Top
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.”
It was hard to believe that a team sheet which comprised the likes of Geoff Greenidge, Michael Holding, Vivian Richards and many other promising individuals not delivering consistently. That was when Clive Lloyd took the reins and redefined aggression. Few in the world used the willow better or hit the ball harder. And that was not the only charge of violence that were voiced against him in his cricketing days. Captain Clive Lloyd transformed the philosophy of West Indian cricket, turning a band of supremely talented, yet inconsistent cricketers into ruthless machinery for destruction. To do that, he followed the way of fastest and fearsome of bowlers running in one after the other in groups of four. Be it the fearsome quartet of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft or the terrific trio of Malcolm Marshall, Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose the opponents were battered, bruised, blasted away.
The thirst of brutality was not quenched with the bowl, the evolvement of quick run getting was redefined by Sir Vivian Richards. Delivering quick runs and with supreme consistency, Sir Viv regularized risk taking and the innovative stroke making. If it was a license to attack Sir Garfield Sobers is a name not to be missed, the man who was first to score six sixes in an over. With all these talented sportsmen coming from different islands, collection of all which forms the West Indies, Clive Lloyd proved to be the perfect binder and taking West Indies to the No.1 spot and clinching the World cup. Because he was a leader blessed with the skill of maintaining focus and not being complacent and most importantly backing every player’s potential.
The Fairy Tale - Rajasthan Royals Triumph
“We don’t buy star players, we buy players and make them stars”
In its first season, Indian Premier League (IPL) had its first Champions in the form of a team which entered the tournament with lowest player profile, the Rajasthan Royals. The management’s gamble on giving the role of Captain as well as Coach to Shane Warne, the only non-Indian Captain of the eight in the tournament proved to be a masterstroke.
The spin wizard Warne, even without having any Captainship stint throughout his career, made it to the wins even though the only big names in the team were him and Graeme Smith (Not renowned for his T20 skills). A bunch of youngsters and little experienced in Shane Watson and Sohail Tanvir proved to be the real assets. Be it allowing the young Swapnil Asnodkar, an uncapped player share the responsibility of opening the innings with a South African seasoned player (Graeme Smith), or in playing a under 19 Ravindra Jadeja, or exploring the talent of the Dangerous Yusuf Pathan as a middle order batsman instead of the opening role he used to perform for Team India and certainly, the reason behind their success was the Captain’s belief in the players. Equally important was the other skill which proved to me career defining for then ‘Man of the Tournament’, Shane Watson; the skill of designing the mentality of players towards a winning approach. Also in the few contests the skipper himself turned the fortunes and showed Leadership by example, by not losing the hope of a win and maintain the composure. With all this in him the skipper was successful in giving the considered underdogs a victory and everyone else a lesson of leadership for lifetime.
These two examples strongly indicate that irrespective of what the team’s profile is, a leader with a winning mindset, with an art of driving team to the winning gates by knowing every members’ potential and assigning them the appropriate roles and maintaining composure when the situation demands; can leap through all the barriers and prescribe victory.
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