Cricket Food for Thought #3: Dinesh Karthik And the Dose of Optimism You Need In Life

What connects cricketer Dinesh Karthik, US President Barack Obama, fictional coach Ted Lasso, and Shawshank Redemption?

The drive to do something special. The Audacity of Hope. The Belief in Believe. And the fact that “Hope is a Good Thing, and No Good Thing Ever Dies.”

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Today we had lots of cricket.

So food for your thought. What lesson can you take home?

When you are at the top of the game and get recognized for your efforts, it can be easy to stay motivated. But it is what you do in the afterhours, the hard yards that you put in when no one is looking that makes you who you truly are.

Bangladesh scoring 6 ducks in West Indies the same year they stunned the World Test Champions. The Salt assault, Malan’s Mauling, Brutal Buttler, and Livingstone’s stoning of the Netherlands to take England to a world record 498. Katherine Brunt and William Porterfield retiring.

And yet today does not feel about cricket.

With every passing day, the legend of Dinesh Karthik continues to grow. We have talked about his inspirational journey before, but 2022 has been something special. Not even in the Top 50 Probables in T20s, he has suddenly jumped into contention for the T20 World Cup, scoring his first T20I fifty. Player of the match performances against South Africa, 16 years apart.

It is not just the performances that makes us celebrate these moments.

Sport is a journey. And on days like these, just being happy for DK in his life path is inspiration enough.

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Sometimes that extra dose of optimism is what you need to keep going.

So keep on going and Never Give Up.

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