By Siddhesh Agashe
Please note this is a humour article — work of pure fiction
Despite facing severe criticism from all quarters in the cricketing world for his daftness, Australian coach Mickey Arthur has been hailed by gurus of the management fraternity, IT [Information Technology] engineers and B-school students as a great management thinker.
With his team 0-2 down and not raising much hope of a comeback, quite clearly he and the Australian team were under tremendous pressure. In one stroke of tactical genius, Arthur has freed the remaining Australian team from any pressure. With expectations of the Australian media now slumped to zero, even a draw will be hailed as a success.
Management gurus feel that Arthur did a thorough SWOT [Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats] analysis and realised that the Indian team is at their worst when they are at their arrogant best. By making India red hot favorites, it is more than likely that the Indian team will become complacent and will self implode. It was their only chance of victory anyways.
“Fake IPL Player” Anupam Mukerji wrote on his blog that this was a well thought out plan to land up a high profile IPL job. With Arthur destined to be sacked at the end of this series, such crazy techniques will fly extremely well with all IPL team owners who are always on the lookout of people with “out-of-the-box” thinking.
PK Rai Chaudhary, India’s self-proclaimed marketing guru, has already invited Arthur to his campus to a deliver a lecture on “Achieving sporting excellence through PowerPoint Presentations”.
Management students at Indian Institute of Bank Management (IIBM) are excited to host Arthur and criticised the four Australian players for being such losers. “They were given four days to write just three-point suggestions and they failed to do such a simple task. We have to complete an entire page about our achievements and yet each one of us manages. May be Shane Watson should join IIBM,” an MBA student lamented.
(Siddhesh Agashe is one of those innumerable MBA+Engineer types who genuinely believe their talent is made for some other world than the one they reside in. He blogs at http://siddheshagashe.
First Published: March 13, 2013, 12:32 pm