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Thursday, July 14, 2005

new look at hat tricks

Very soon, hat tricks will acquire a new meaning, the old concept of three wickets or three sixers off successive deliveries will cease to exist. We are on the way to bid goodbyes to threesomes! The BCCI is really and truly serious about the outcome of the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Hence, it has authorized the new coach Greg Chappell to introduce his new look hat tricks. BCCI is determined to lift cricket from the dumps in which it finds itself. Players are proud of the caps they earn and don them in International meets to represent the country, magicians are known to bring out rabbits from their magic hats, and the Hindi version of hat viz. ‘topee’ has a special meaning of its own. Let us welcome with open arms the new age hat tricks.

The Six Thinking Hats theory, better known as the STH theory that Greg Chappell is keen to implement, owes its origin to Edward de Bono. He formulated it in 1985. It is believed to simplify the thinking process and streamline it. There are six different colored hats; each is associated with a different trait. White concerns information i.e. facts and figures, yellow means sunny and positive, green is creativity, red denotes emotion, black is for danger and gloom and blue, the organizing part. It seems that people, who experience problems in thinking how best to do too many things at the same time, get a lot of help through this analysis. The de Bono logic is that juggling six balls at a time is not feasible but tossing one ball at a time is easier. The STH theory assists people to think better. Further details can be had from the following website:

http://www.valuebasedmanagement.net/methods_bono_six_thinking_hats.html
Our sincere thanks will go out to Greg Chappell if he can get the Cup back for us via this route. He is a trend setter of sorts, but he will have to battle it out against innumerable odds. It will have to be seen how effective the analysis will be to the Indian contingent. Our boys love to do too many things at the same time, for example practice at the nets, shoot outdoors for advertisements, look around for prime locations to start restaurants, spend a few minutes to get photographed with a select group of handicapped kids, and attend to film premiers. In spite of these preoccupations, we clap and cheer them on when they reach any milestone because they achieve it against all odds. Till now, they have done so without the STH theory. With the top order vacillating between exit and entrance and with a new coach bent upon proving his worth let us see what difference the STH theory brings. Till then we can only chant – lagey raho, keep at it.

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