There was a time when I was quite serious about cricket. Playing professionally was not a far-fetched dream.
10 years have passed since then, and as one would expect, my life has changed a lot. Regardless, everything that I learned during that span is still fresh on my mind, and is still applicable to the challenges I face in my life.
One of the things I learned was the art of building your innings. I never got to apply it in cricket itself because, well, I’d hardly ever last long enough.
Regardless, let us take a quick look:
- 1 – 15: This is the toughest phase. Try to get through this without doing anything stupid.
- 16 – 40: This is where things get easier. You begin to understand yourself and the conditions around you.
- 41 – 60: This can be a bit of a transition period. The ball is no longer new, the pace of the game has changed. You either adjust, or you fall.
- 61 – 80: Everything seems to flow perfectly. This is when most of highlight shots come.
- 81 – 99: This is the treacherous part of the path. Fatigue and complacency are your biggest enemies, and you just want to trudge along out of sheer persistence.
- 100: Finally… This is the realm where only a chosen few can tread. Take off your helmet, look to the crowds. Take a moment for yourself.
- 101 and beyond: Just keep moving forward.