Like a blockbuster web series, IPL drops into millions of lives every year. As the show’s 16th season heads towards a feverish climax, here’s a bunch of lessons and observations from the last seven weeks of action in cricket’s ritziest carnival.
Never Give Up: He was IPL’s highest wicket-taker in 2014. A year later, he was ‘A’ grade at the 2015 ODI World Cup. But last year he was reduced to a net bowler. Few cricketers have seen highs and lows – both on and off the pitch – like Mohit Sharma. The Ballabhgarh-born seamer had also suffered a series of career-threatening injuries – a major lower-back problem in 2007, a painful shin injury in 2010 and a back surgery in 2019. To use a quote attributed to NBA great Kobe Bryant, Sharma turned “every setback into a comeback”. His success – 19 wickets in just 12 games for reigning champions Gujarat Titans – is among the most inspiring stories of IPL 2023. Sharma’s approach demonstrates the power of positive thinking, underlines his mental fortitude. Every fast bowler can take heart and hope from him.
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