Bright crisp winter morning (or balmy summer morning if you are in southern hemisphere).
Imagine the scenario.
You step out on to the cricket field as a test batsmen. The pitch has a tinge of green. You know you will have to take time to settle in… read the pitch, watch how the ball behaves off the pitch and in the air. You take guard and get on with your game… focused for a long haul… no rash strokes… no rush of blood… Hour and half into the morning, you are moving smoothly. The nerves have calmed down. You have weathered the storm. You haven’t scored lot of runs but the ball is sounding sweet off the bat. You know big runs are there to be scored in the afternoon and evening sessions.
And then everything explodes in your face. Suddenly you are told that the rules have been changed completely. The half an hour before lunch is all you have. Because the new rules come into immediate effect and the opposing team will bat after lunch! You are so screwed.
Or imagine another scenario. 15 overs into a one day match, you are told that it suddenly is a 20:20 match! Screwed again.
Ok so it won’t happen ever like this. But what if it did. How would you respond? Sure you are a great batsmen and can soak in stress and pressure like nobody can. But situations like this, I bet even your brain will freeze. You will lash out and do stuff that is so not you. Goes without saying, only if luck is with you on that day, all shots will come off… else you will be throwing stuff at the walls in the dressing room… maybe even throwing yourself against the wall..
Sure Duckworth Lewis method has tripped many a teams but in that you know what is likely to happen since you got an eye on the weather.
In cricket, you will probably lose the match and have opportunity to win the next time…
But what if life does the same to you.. whether at work or in a relationship…. Just when you are getting comfortable and happy about things and the rules change suddenly… what do you do??
Sure most of you will say that you surely will live to fight another day and another day and another day…. But what if every time same thing happens…
Professionally you can still find a way… adapt yourself to the game or start playing something else… you will get by.
But in a relationship…. what if there are no comebacks… or there are second chances but odds are completely loaded against you… what do you do?
Life doesn’t have a Duckworth Lewis equivalent. It just decides to screw you over without a warning.
Sure would love to know how people out there tackle these situations….what do you do when the rules change suddenly and trip you….
(image courtesy sriram-unplugged.blogspot.com)