Rediscovering Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma was seen dominating the batting charts in the recently-concluded edition of the World Cup. For Indian fans, it was an absolute delight to watch Rohit going after the bowlers; he made batting look ridiculously easy.

His hundred against South Africa at Southampton kept India afloat even as wickets kept tumbling at the other end. The skies overhead were murky. The batting strip wasn’t a belter either. In the simplest of terms, it wasn’t an ideal day for batting.

The likes of Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris were spitting venom. After a few early wobbles, Rohit decided to knuckle down. He, along with KL Rahul, steadied the ship and kept the scoreboard moving.

During the game against Pakistan, the 31-year-old was at his imperious best. A scintillating 140 off just 113 deliveries helped his side post a formidable 336-run total at Old Trafford in Manchester. The bowlers had a hard time as Rohit kept batting tirelessly.

With 648 runs in nine matches, he was the tournament’s leading run-getter. He also became the first batsman to score five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup.

Rohit Sharma during the match against Pakistan
Rohit Sharma during the match against South Africa

Rohit showcased a lot of promise as a 20-year-old. He played his first-ever T20I innings against a high-flying South African side in the 2007 edition of the ICC World T20. Batting at five, he stitched a crucial partnership with MS Dhoni to get his side to a respectable total.

All of the strokes that Rohit played were conventional. The lad from Maharashtra kept milking the singles to keep the scoreboard ticking. He was calm and composed and didn’t try to overhit the ball.

After his batting heroics, he showcased his fielding prowess too by pulling off a memorable run out to get rid of Justin Kemp.

Rohit’s talent was never in question. Those who saw him bat back then knew that this lad was tailor-made for the game’s biggest stage. But the beginning was tough.

Rohit struggled to perform consistently as a middle-order batsman. Almost every good innings was followed by a string of low scores. Consequently, he was dropped from the side.

Rise as an opener 

Rohit was asked to share the opening duties with Shikhar Dhawan during the 2013 edition of the Champions Trophy in England. In five matches Rohit scored 177 runs (including a couple of fifties), signalling that he was ready to welcome the promotion with open arms.

Shikhar Dhawan kept going all guns blazing at the other end and Rohit was happy to knock the ball around. These two men gave India solid starts throughout the tournament, and the team eventually ended up getting their hands on the silverware.

The ODI series against the Aussies in October 2013 brought out the best in Rohit. In the second ODI, he and Virat Kohli spearheaded a miraculous run chase.

Chasing 360-odd in 50 overs for an unlikely victory, both these men scored centuries and helped India reach the target in the 44th over. Rohit remained unbeaten on 141, but his best was yet to come.

In the seventh and final ODI of the series, Rohit once again took the Aussie bowlers to the cleaners. He scored a double century in the match (209) and ended the series with an aggregate of 491 runs.

How has he become so consistent?

Of late, Rohit has transformed into an ODI monster. He is arguably the best opening batsman (ODI) in world cricket right now, with seemingly a lot more success to come.

With three double hundreds in his career thus far, Rohit is the undisputed king of ODI double hundreds. But have you ever wondered what makes him such a formidable force in limited-overs cricket?

Rohit’s strength lies in his ability to play the waiting game. He spends a lot of time in the middle in order to get his eye in.

Those who follow Rohit closely would have noticed that he is willing to play a few dot deliveries early on in his innings. He doesn’t go bang-bang right from the word go. But once he gets set, he scores freely by unleashing a wide range of strokes.

Take the 208 he scored against Sri Lanka in Mohali (2017) for example. The first hundred came in 115 balls while the next 108 runs came off just 38 balls. He smashed 13 fours and 12 sixes in the innings.

This has been a striking feature of Rohit’s batting exploits of late. Every single time he goes on to score a hundred, he tries to convert it into a ‘daddy hundred’.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

 

Ironing out the chinks for the future 

Some might disagree, but Rohit does look vulnerable early on in his innings. He has a habit of throwing his bat at deliveries outside the off-stump and has been caught in the slip cordon on a number of occasions.

But the good thing is that despite his limitations, he seems to have got better with time. At present, he is getting more and more assured with each passing game. Above all else, he seems to have made peace with the fact that no matter how many he may have scored in the previous innings, each innings is a fresh start.

That bodes well for his short-term as well as long-term future. Rohit already an ODI great, but he is on the cusp of attaining legendary status. If he continues to be as consistent as he has been lately, there’s no reason why he won’t get there.

 

Pieces of love-Part I: In love, there lies dichotomy

Well, I guess I need to be alone. I want to put the pieces together. I want to ponder over my decisions and words amidst stun silence. I want to walk in the streets without companions. I want no conversations to happen, and I want to look at myself in the mirror. I want to look at my face, which has turned red because of shyness. I want to ask myself: “Was I wrong?” I want an appropriate answer. These questions have been making my life difficult for quite some time now. Continue reading “Pieces of love-Part I: In love, there lies dichotomy”

The Pilgrimage to Your Heart…

Words are lying in disarray,
You know what I mean, don’t you?
It is with you that I find profound solace
A place so calm and peaceful

The skies have turned murky
And moving forward is a daunting task
I have been struggling to get things going
For the path I took was insurmountable and rough

The journey is wearing me out
But I’d keep on moving
If I give up, all hope would perish
Never to return

I always knew there was a place
Later, it dawned on me that it was just a trick
Wanted an immediate answer
It hurt me immensely and I felt cheated
Despite despondence, I’d like to keep you close to my heart
My voice is falling apart
You kissed my cheek and smiled, rather nonchalantly
I realized that the journey was complete
I had conquered the final frontier…

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Apologies of a lover…

Today, when I closed my eyes

Deep down into the depths of sleep

I could not hear myself weep,

But I know you heard my cries

I could hear your voice calling me

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And then the enchantment broke

Out of nowhere, my throat began to choke

And then in my mind, although without reason

Flashed memories of the blissful season

Of the moments we had spent together, in a world of our own

without you I feel like I’m wasted, I’m being thrown

And soon I realized, my love had turned into addiction

 

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It was all real, it wasn’t fiction

But then, my mind entered into a line of thought

I felt I had gone a bit too far, from rainfall to draught

I got to know, I had gone completely wrong

I had fallen weak at a time when I should have been strong

Out of despondence and out of insecurity

I saw how vulnerable I had fallen

I was being swept away, I was being stolen

 

You showed me everything which was holding me back

When you are there my life’s on track

I said ‘ I love you’

And I know I really do

I said ‘I love you’

Because I could see myself in you

But I am sorry for revealing what I felt

I thought you would tell me how this problem is to be dealt

 

I am sorry for crossing the limit

I am such a coward, meek and timid

Everything happened because of my fear

For I want you to be near

So, let us be friends yet again, the best of them

For your friendship turned me into a gem

 

So, to conclude the story

I can only say I’m sorry

We can’t be together as lovers, I guess it is true

But as the best of friends, I have chosen you

Because when I went out to search for faithfulness in the world,

I found you
It is your smile which keeps me moving

Because you held my hand and drove me out of the dark

And, when both of us collide, we tend to come together

But even if we don’t , I guess we’ll never be far apart

 

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Qaid (Captive)

 

नब्ज़ चल तो रही थी ठीक से
पर क़ैद थे अकेलेपन में
जब तूने पत्थर रख दिए तो गिर पड़े
ना उठ सके

तू लम्हा वो, जो ठहरा नही
ये रात का अंधेरा इतना भी गहरा नही
माना फिलहाल तेरे करीब नही
पर ना आ सकूँ तेरे पास
इतना भी सख़्त ये पहरा नही

तेरे साथ बिताए लम्हों की दिल में तस्वीरे हैं
इन्हे देखकर लगता है की जुड़ गयी हमारी तक्दीरे हैं
पर फ़िर मुझे आता है याद
की तू है आज़ाद परिंदों की तरह
जबकि हाथों में मेरे ज़ंजीरिएन हैं

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क्या था वादा तेरा?
की हम नही होंगे जुदा
ना तो ये शब गयी
और ना ही हुई सुबह

तबाह कर दे मुझे
या टूट मुझ मे जा
क़ैद हुआ तेरी यादों में
क़ैद हुआ सौ दफ़ा

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Seeking acceptance…

I have a friend whose son is 15 years old. He is extremely suicidal and lonely, and finds it  difficult to socialize. His mother left her job to take care of him. One fine day, she was shocked to find blade marks on his wrists. His parents seemed quite worried. When his condition started worsening, they decided to see a doctor.

The doctor examined him comprehensively. After the examination was done, he asked them to see a psychiatrist. As soon as the doctor said this, the boy’s parents began fuming. They chided the doctor and hurled expletives at him.  The father said ” Mera beta pagal nahi hai. Pagalon ka ilaaj Karne waala hi sabse bada Pagal Hota Hai.” (My son isn’t mad. The guy treating the mad guys happens to be a moron.)

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A lot of people in India shy away from talking about mental illness. Lung infections, cancer, and tuberculosis are diseases, but mental illness is not. Mental illness isn’t considered a disease; it’s considered a ‘sin’.  People suffering from mental ailments are frowned upon by people. Recently, I was with a group of colleagues, a majority of whom are fathers. One of them mentioned a colleague who happens to be suffering from a psychological disorder. My colleagues appeared unimpressed and began passing judgments. I could hear one of them saying ” Pagalon ka ilaaj Karne Wala bhi Pagal  hi Hota Hai.”

Various kinds of mental disorders have been recognized throughout the world. Mental disorders are very much curable, but the stigma that comes along is the real problem. Psychiatrists are always willing to help. You need to be a bit open-minded.

We tend to face a lot of pressures in our life. Leave alone the working classes; even children haven’t been spared. Parents want their children to become ‘champions’. Moms and dads want their kids to score 95% in each subject. The problem doesn’t end here. Getting good grades is certainly not enough. A student needs to be a good sportsman as well. Expectations are never-ending.

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Instead of providing moral support, parents tend to pressurize children endlessly. I remember the day when a very good friend of mine was slapped and insulted by his father for choosing Arts over Science. The pressure was immense, and he had to reconsider his decision. Consequently, his grades declined drastically. Physics wasn’t a cup of tea for him. He found it hard to put two and two together. Life became miserable, and in his panic, he turned to substance abuse.

Well, I fail to understand why do we still hesitate while discussing mental disorders? Why is this topic swept under the carpet? Are we living in the 1820s? Well, I guess we are.  Furthermore, psychology is still not considered a ‘real’ subject.  A friend of mine told me about her father’s reaction when she told him that she wants to pursue psychology  (Hons.) from the Kamala Nehru College for Women, University of Delhi. Her father replied, ” Kya tum Pagalon ki doctor bano gi ?” (Do you want to treat mad people?”)

We need qualified psychologists. Psychology would help us understand human behaviour. Studying psychology would allow people to get to terms with the functioning of the mind. Understanding the mind happens to be the first step towards curing mental illness.

Human beings are quite fascinating, aren’t they? Different people have different opinions.  Getting into the minds of people happens to be an interesting exercise. Doing, thinking, and acting form the core of human behaviour. As a psychologist, you get to experience and understand various aspects of human behaviour. How does the mind work? Why do different people react in different ways? Psychology has all the answers for you.

To conclude:

Mental disorders are just like any other disease. Whenever your throat is in bad shape, you go and see an ENT specialist, don’t you? Similarly, you can get in touch with a psychiatrist if you’re suffering from depression.

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Revisiting ‘The Third Level’ by Jack Finney

Past is an excellent place to visit, but certainly not a good place to stay. The Third Level by Jack Finney is an engrossing story set in the 1950s. The story is studded with many undertones of irony. It takes you back in time, in a world when people hadn’t seen two of the bloodiest wars in the history of mankind. It goes without saying that people find it hard to come to terms with the ups and downs of everyday life. At times, people tend to hallucinate things. These hallucinations end up providing some transient relief from the trials and tribulations of life. Continue reading “Revisiting ‘The Third Level’ by Jack Finney”