The acceptance of expectation emerges from within and is nurtured by many. So often the case is without being obvious at the time.
During the last days at KIOC Bangalore in 2013, two random interactions, two of many, delivered an alternative and humbling perspective. An invaluable insight into the depth of the cricketing soul, where if we look hard enough we may also learn.
After delivering a fast bowling class, I was approached by Dashar, a lad of 14 years old. He asked me “how Mr Andrew sir can I bowl fast again. I was ill last month and have not been able to bowl fast since.”
“What was your illness,” I enquired.
“Malaria.” came the reply.
The KIOC teams are all required to return to the Academy after the end of each day’s play without fail, to diligently report on the match and outcome.
On Monday one of the Under 12 teams returned after a solid victory. Shreyas and Aditya made 70’s, Havish 48 no. The Director, Irfan, admonished Shreyas for not advancing his 70 to a century as there were still 20 overs to play when he was dismissed.
The tone was critical, not overly harsh, but demanding and firm in a fatherly manner. As the players dispersed I went over to Shreyas and asked him what he thought.
“Sir is right,” he replied.
“I let the team down and should have finished not out with a larger score.”
Shreyas is 12. I had seen him bat in the nets a few time and his talent for the age is exceptional. I then pressed further and asked if that would have been his first century.
Without an instant of hesitation, Shreyas looked me in the eye and replied “No Mr Andrew sir, I have made many hundreds.” Shreyas is 12 years old.
The acceptance of expectation.