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Rahul Verghese: Basic principles


​”… you may find these basic principles can be applied to your work and to managing your workload: 

■ Never try and do the same thing repeatedly if you are trying to improve. 

■ Look at a holistic build- up and focus on different weak links. 

■ Do not work to exhaustion but work towards a build-up scientifically and sensibly, so that come the big day, you are ready to be firing on all cylinders.

 ■ Rest adequately. 

■ And . . . you can write in your very own set of learnings.”

—Rahul Verghese. 

Frank Bruno: Mental illness


​”Mental illness can happen to anybody. You can be a dustman, a politician, a Tesco worker… anyone. It could be your dad, your brother or your aunt. 

— Frank Bruno. 

Paul Scholes: Compliments and criticism


“I don’t like compliments. No. I prefer criticisms; prefer to prove them wrong.”
—Paul Scholes.


Dileep Premachandran: Glass ceilings


“Those that shatter glass ceilings have to put up with multiple indignities along the way, and any softness or weakness will be pounced upon.” 

—Dileep Premachandran. 

CLR James: Cricket, an art


“Cricket is an art, not a poor relation , but a full member of the community. It belongs with theatre, ballet , opera and the dance. ”

—CLR James.

Rio Ferdinand: Hangover


​”If any player has a bad game it’s there in the back of your mind in the next game. There’s always a hangover. It is like a wounded animal in a way, as you want to get out there as quick as possible and rectify it.”

—Rio Ferdinand.

Ana Ivanovic: Character


​”Fame and success and titles stay with you, but they wear out eventually. In the end, all that you are left with is your character.”

—Ana Ivanovic. 

Virat Kohli: Confidence versus rudeness


​”A fit body gives you confidence. And there’s nothing more impressive than a great attitude, which you can wear on your sleeve. But you’ll have to remember the difference between being rude and being confident.”

—Virat Kohli. 

Roelant Oltmans: Only one crazy person


“I think there’s only one crazy person in the world, and that’s why I’m staying.”

—Roelant Oltmans . 

Ken Rosewall: Concentration


If I were asked to name one aspect of tennis that is the biggest weakness of players of all levels, I would probably say concentration. However good your shots, however fast your movement and reflexes, all is lost if the mind is not controlling every move.

Ken Rosewall. 

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