For those among you who’ve seen Suits on Netflix, Harvey Specter’s pompous and enjoyable claim to being the best closer in New York legal league would be pretty much at the top of your memory.
Closer home, we had the pleasure of seeing someone else as the best closer in the cricketing business for almost a decade – M S Dhoni. Even as it was almost painful to see him struggle for the last year or so when he played for India, and then at IPL-2020. Even as he struggled at IPL-2021, he rose to his superman abilities as a “finisher” in a crux match at the end, and also guided his franchise to yet another win. That was especially remarkable as it came within a year of their ending right at the bottom in the previous edition. Apart from finishing matches as a batter, he also finished many with his calm presence of mind on the field.
However, rather than restrict his legacy to any specific incident(s) or match(es), it would perhaps be more appropriate to reminisce about his unflappable temperament over a decade-long period that got his team past the finish line time and time again, from seemingly impossible-to-win situations.
Technically, he never was close to the best – either as a batsman or a keeper. But the one thing he was sure of was himself – even when all others may have thought otherwise. The situation and the odds didn’t matter to him. He just took the game deep and trusted himself to come off. It was more a victory of his mind than his cricketing skills.
If you can carry even a small portion of this part of him – the ability to stay calm, and have tremendous self-belief – to the CAT, you will give yourself the chance to beat the odds. To close, you have to take it till the end, you have to be there when it finishes – and not give up, just because the odds seem stacked against you at any penultimate moment. You need to trust yourself and you need to trust the intense CAT preparation you have been so committed to over the past several months.
You may never play cricket for India … err … the BCCI – but you will see more wins than losses if you can do that in just about any sphere.