Like an author, a cricketer signs his name on every innings he bats or bowls in; indeed for every cricket ball that challenges him on the field.
Among sportsmen are the noble, the diligent and the caring, as there are the callous, the cheats and the criminals.
To be a commentator, you must have a life outside cricket, too. If cricket is all that you know, then you would not be a great commentator.
Sometimes your greatest strength can emerge as a weakness if the context changes.
A monk's extraordinary patience can be a hindrance to desperate decision-making.
In sports teams, apart from talk of sporting prowess and the imparting of inspirational thought, an extraordinary amount of time is spent discussing, and flaunting, material possessions.
Cricketers are made to feel that they are very special. That is okay as long as cricketers realise they are only as good as their last innings.
Sports teaches you there is always a second innings in life. If you fail today, there's a second innings maybe two days later. Maybe there's another opportunity coming up three or six months later. If you look at mistake as learnings and commit never to make a same mistake again, then you actually get better with every mistake that you make.
There are no rules in live television.
Cricket is not a rational sport in India, and we go overboard.
For its health, cricket needs to look outward to the sharpest minds, to people who sustain and nurture brands and often take hard but necessary decisions. Cricket cannot be bound by cricketing minds alone.
Traditionally, sport has looked down at number crunchers, but the reality is that they give sport the financial sustenance it needs.