Wednesday, 6 May 2015


The legendary Kapil Dev, the cricketer par excellence, is ready with something novel and magical which is still a mystery. The first World Cup winning cricket captain of India has made his debut on twitter with a bang “#EkNayiLeague”. And it is really a Himalayan task for me to guess what this new league is all about. The whole country in general and the bloggers community in particular is wondering prolifically about the composition and content of this new league. It’s a challenge for everybody to guess what the cricketing legend is talking about.

Kapil Dev is challenging the celebrities in every sphere of activity namely, sports, cinema, TV, cricket, journalism, politics etc. to play and win in his new league. And the challenge is doubled when he says that if you play with your heart you are destined to be out hit wicket. Now I really wonder “what is that pitch where he is going to bowl his googlies? And how the celebrities are going to face them??” I guess Kapil is all set to host a new talk show with a cricketing idiolect. And probably he is going to bowl googly like questions involving too much personal and emotional issues to his guests either individually or collectively. If the batters in front of him play those questions without much seriousness then they win. But if on the other hand they take them(the questions) too seriously and too personally they would probably be bowled over.

There is an age-old adage which says if one puts one’s head and heart together in a particular thing/work one can create a master piece. But if one uses only his heart to perform the job he is liable to commit mistakes. That’s why managers are often advised to make decisions with their head rather than with heart. Put both of them together and you come out with the perfect decision. No wonder Kapil Dev in his prime days had put his head and heart together to win the ICC World Cup in 1983. He never played with his heart alone. He enjoyed his game and in other words had reached the Self Actualization stage of Abraham Maslow’s Need Hierarchy. Anybody who excels in a particular field of activity is definitely a self actualized person who draws inspiration from within and does not need any extrinsic motivation. Kapil is such a achiever in international cricketing arena and a source of inspiration for all and sundry.

The very thought that such a legend is coming up with a novel, inspiring talk show challenging celebrities in different fields of activity is really amusing. And right now I can foresee a more popular host than the Big B (of KBC fame) on the Indian entertainment TV. We have seen Kapil on TV as cricket commentator and now it is time for his debut in a entertainment TV channel. I intently look forward to see Big B facing Kapil’s googlies on the small screen pitch and packing them over the field for six. Or will Kapil have him “hit wicket”?

For more details on this new league click the link below.

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