What do sports have to do with your CAT preparation?

Cricket and CAT-2020

I am missing live sports! 

I prefer (most) live sporting events to Netflix or Prime Video binging anyday. Infact, much as I hate to admit it, I prefer sports even to a great book. 

It’s not just about the thrill that accompanies great skill, but it’s equally about insights into what differentiates the great from the good – on a given day, and over long periods of time. 

And it’s all practical, and unfolds right in front of us, just like life.

The different roles that ability and temperament play in success reflect repeatedly in Sports.

For example, how teams or individuals perform under pressure has nothing to do with their ability to play – and everything to do with their ability to stay calm!

Victory invariably covers even blunders and hence, rarely creates any improvement. How teams or individuals bounce back from defeats is what is most enticing!

The other interesting thing – basics for winning/success stay the same at all levels. Two things my school coach repeated so often that I recall them (almost) verbatim:

1. If you are set, finish the job. Don’t leave it for others.
2. Unless there is a need for a very high scoring rate, take a single after hitting a 4/6.

Now that I look back, these were lessons as much in life, teamwork and management, as in Cricket.

Sticking to the basics and staying calm will be of immense use to you on your way to crack the CAT!
That’s something common to winners – be it in sports or at CAT!

About the author: Deekshant has sleep-walked through several 100 and 99.9 %iles in practically every section of the CAT. That he is a cricket fan and he writes okay is evident from most of his posts. 1000s of our students swear that he can motivate almost anyone to double his/her percentile through very simple yet powerful inputs. And that’s why every MBAGuru student has direct access to him via mail and Telegram. Oddly, he somehow also finds the time to write songs professionally. And yes … almost missed this … he is an alumnus of IIT Delhi & IIM Cal 🙂

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