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The Indian Premier League (IPL) has become the most important cricket tournament for Indian cricket and cricketers. Performance in the league can make or break the career of a cricketer. Because of the hype, performances in the IPL make a huge impression on not only the national but also state-level selectors. The 2021 edition of the tournament, which is in its first phase, has already brought to light some Indian domestic players who were unheard of before.
Seeing their performances, one gets the feeling that India can form three international cricket sides. The skill, talent, and confidence shown by these domestic cricketers are amazing. They all seem to be so well-prepared mentally and physically when given a chance. Cricket has spread to nearly every corner of India. The craze for the tinsel world has been replaced by the craze for sports and youngsters aspire to become sportspersons.
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The tales of hardship endured, the dedication shown by not only the aspiring young cricketer but also his family and friends to achieve the objective of playing in IPL is quite astonishing. Indian cricket is full of these rags-to-riches stories and one is amazed to see how well most of them conduct themselves in front of a microphone during an interview or when interacting with people around them.
The shy and unsure Indian cricketer of the old days has now been replaced by a confident, proud performer wanting to earn as many stripes as possible. Indian cricket is now entering the initial phase of the big successful sporting leagues that have flourished in the United States of America, England, other European countries, and Australia. The popular sports played in these countries have all made their respective sportsmen not just financially comfortable but also brought about a system that has helped them in their development as individuals.
The NBA is a good example of how well-spoken and educated basketball players have become brand ambassadors of their sport and institution. The franchise-based clubs have all got programs to unearth, educate and groom talented youngsters. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) needs to take this initiative through its respective state cricket associations so that cricketers in the future develop into complete all-around individuals.
Cricket can only progress if players on the field, with their experiences, bring about tools and structures that can make the game better after their playing days are over. The IPL is not only just cricket but also a platform for business and corporate advertisement. The business of sports has become a reality, even during the Covid pandemic. Millions and millions of viewers have made the IPL not only a much sought-after entertainment but also a fantasy to follow.
The IPL franchise owners have shown that professional management and operation is the way through which cricket can be properly and profitably administered in India. The BCCI state cricket associations should take a lesson from them, as most still hold on to their old ways of running their establishments. One had hoped that the Supreme Court-approved Lodha recommendations would bring transparency and professionalism into the way cricket was being operated in India. However, one feels that this is still a long way off at the grassroots level.
Most of the associations are still being administered like before and perfunctory cricket programs and building of stadiums and club-houses are still their sole objective. The BCCI needs to pay serious attention to educating cricketers. Encouraging the importance of college and university cricket is necessary. Cricketers in the past were compelled to take this route as a university degree was important in getting one a job. Apart from that, performances at the university level were taken very seriously and several of the Indian cricketers of the past came through that route. Most were graduates and many of them engineers.
Unfortunately, the current crop of Indian cricketers, because of the system of playing U-15, U-17 and U-19 do not find the time to pursue their education after the 10th standard. Education, as we all know, is important in the development of a person and his views towards life. Sports viewers and fans are only short-term in a cricketer’s life span. Once their performance wanes and they retire, they won’t have that following.
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One feels worried about the future for a majority of the current Indian cricketers. The success of today’s cricket and cricketers may seem great but as a former cricketer, I worry about 98% of them — how they will eke out a living, 10 years after their career is over. The BCCI has to ensure that a certain percentage of an Indian cricketer’s earnings in the IPL and domestic cricket is kept as a fund and insurance for when they grow older.
With no education and sustainable monthly pay package, life could become a worry in their old age. One shudders to think of what might happen to them financially in this fast-moving, digital world of the present. As George Bernard Shaw so wisely wrote, “Youth, as they say, is wasted on the young.” (IAN/SP)
Amitabh Bachchan is adored by the public for his unforgettable on-screen performances as well as his magnetic demeanour. Not only do fans love Amitabh Bachchan's outstanding performance, but the actor's heartwarming words are also highly regarded. A much moved Amitabh Bachchan, during his speech to the crowd of over 80,000 people at the Reliance Industries' annual event, said that the legacy left by Dhirubhai has had a positive impact on millions of people's lives worldwide.
When Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan became bankrupt in the late 1990s, Dhirubhai Ambani stepped forward to give him financial assistance. In his speech, Bachchan remembered that Dhirubhai had sent Anil Ambani to offer him financial assistance during the crisis, which he had respectfully declined. Lenders began knocking on his door, losses mounted, and his bank account dwindled to nothing. He said, "Dhirubhai's money might have gotten me out of the problem quickly. However, I respectfully declined his offer and gradually began to find work again, which let me pay off my debt."
Amitabh Bachchan is adored by the public for his unforgettable on-screen performances as well as his magnetic demeanour. | Flickr
Later, after Bachchan had recovered from the bankruptcy, one day he was invited to an event at Dhirubhai's residence; Bachchan added, "Dhirubhai was standing and having a chat with his industrialist friends when he saw me there, he called me, firstly I felt shy even to present myself in front of such big industrialists but then, I went there, and Dhirubhai declared in front of all of them that 'This young man had fallen but managed to get back up on his own, I have a lot of respect for him because of that.' Those words of his were worth much more to me than any amount of money that he could have offered me."
It was the "Reliance Family Day" event and was attended by members of the Ambani family from all generations. The event commemorated the company's 40-year journey since its inception. It also celebrated the 85th birthday of the late Dhirubhai Ambani, RILs (Reliance Industries Limited) founder.
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In comparison to adults, children are prone to getting traumatized by troubling events easily, and this makes it important for parents to help their children when the times are tough. It could be a brutal accident, an unprecedented pandemic, a violent crime, or other disasters but with the right parental support, children have a higher chance of coming out stronger from an awful situation.
Anuja Kapur, Psychologist shares few tips wherein you can assist your child when tough times comes calling:
Every child responds differently to disturbing events: What children feel about a current disaster in their life and how they react to it can come and go in waves. Children can act moody and withdrawn at times, struck with sorrow and fear at other times. There's no absolute "right" or "wrong" way to feel after a traumatic event so make sure not to dictate what your child or how your child should feel and react to the event.
Children can act moody and withdrawn at times, struck with sorrow and fear at other times. | Photo by Kat J on Unsplash
Encourage your child to be transparent: Just make sure you let your child know that whatever feelings they're experiencing is normal. The unpleasantness will pass if your child opens up about it and that the phase is temporary. While many teens may be reluctant to talk about their feelings with a parent, encourage them to confide in another trusted adult such as a family friend, relative, or a counselor and teacher. It's important to talkeeven if it's not with you.
Just make sure you let your child know that whatever feelings they're experiencing is normal. | Photo by Sebastián León Prado on Unsplash
Deter your child from reliving the disturbing event: Dwelling over, watching the footage, or imagining the event can be overwhelmingly stressful for children and this stress can even block their nervous system. However, to negate such things from happening encourage activities that keep your child's mind occupied so they're not obsessive about the event. You could encourage your children to read, play games together, or simply watch an uplifting movie.
Dwelling over, watching the footage, or imagining the event can be overwhelmingly stressful for children and this stress can even block their nervous system. | Photo by Юлія Дубина on Unsplash
Cocoon your child with warmth: In order to reassure your child that they are safe with you and feel secure, that the worst is over your physical affection is important in making them feel safe again. Teens may try to be tough through it and avoid being held, but they still need the proximity.
In order to reassure your child that they are safe with you and feel secure, that the worst is over your physical affection is important in making them feel safe again. | Photo by adrianna geo on Unsplash
Maintain routines. Establishing a predictable structure and schedule for your child's life can help to make the world seem more stable again. Try to maintain regular times for meals, homework, and family activities. Make sure your child accommodates time and space for rest, play, and fun. Keeping up with a schedule can help countercheck the obnoxious feeling of stress and worry in children about the future being dark, hopeless, and unpredictable.
Try to maintain regular times for meals, homework, and family activities. | Photo by Paico Oficial on Unsplash
Acknowledge and validate your child's concerns. The disastrous events in life may give place to unrelated fright and concerns in your child. However, understanding and accepting your child's present state is a comfort for the child. If at any point the child blames himself for the event make sure to make it clear and crisp the event was not their fault, you love them, and it's okay for them to feel upset, angry, or scared but not guilty.
Understanding and accepting your child's present state is a comfort for the child Photo by Jeremiah Lawrence on Unsplash
Irrespective of the age of your child, it is vital for parents to offer that extra support and assistance following an unsettling event. The traumatic event may bring up unrelated fears and issues in your child. However, by accepting their thoughts and replacing their fear with your love and direction, the ominous feelings will start to fade away. Eventually, the child will be able to return to a normal and healthy life. (IANS/ MBI)
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The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), has announced plans for smartphone and other electronics manufacturers to fit a common USB-C charging port on their devices in an effort to reduce waste. In addition to phones, the rules will apply to other devices like tablets, headphones, portable speakers, videogame consoles, and cameras, reports The Verge. The decision will have a huge impact on Apple, as the company still uses its own Lightning connector to charge iPhones. The proposals only cover devices using wired, not wireless and a USB-C port is only mandatory for devices that charge using a cable.
"Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices | Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash
"Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices. With more and more devices, more and more chargers are sold that are not interchangeable or not necessary. We are putting an end to that," the report quoted EU commissioner Thierry Breton as saying.
The Commission also wants to unbundle the sale of chargers from the sale of electronic devices, which it says will improve the consumers' convenience. "With our proposal, European consumers will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics - an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste." In addition, the Commission will require manufacturers to provide relevant information about charging performance. (IANS/MBI)
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