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Virat Kohli's Loss Of Form: Why Good Form Or Writing Is Akin To Divine Intervention

In the world of sports and writing, it is hard to explain even in life whether your luck shines because you work hard on your form, or whether your form arrives at the right time when luck sides with you.

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Seasoned selector and former cri­cketer Jatin Paranjape once said he could tell whether Sac­hin Tendu­l­kar was in form or not with his eyes closed. All he needed to do was stand next to the nets whe­re Sachin was batting and hear the sound of his bat when he played his famed cover drive. Para­njape elucidated that with an in-form Sachin’s bat, the sound that arose was like that of a spr­ing let loose after pushing it back, which therefore carried a lot of tension within. Yes, to Par­a­njape, all that the chiming of the willow as it met 5.75 ounces of leather on its sweet spot was like a spring let loose. That, according to him, was the sound of form.

I can’t claim to be an expert on cricket or hav­e played it with passion, but I remember an exceedingly overcast afternoon while I wai­ted for my turn to bat at West Ham Park cricket ground. The pitch was artificially made and had the zip you would associate with Kiwi pitches, on which an experienced batting side could tum­ble with less than 100 on the board.

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