- Aakash Chopra is a Test Cricketer from India.
- He played around 10 tests for India and in those proved to be an Ideal opening partner for ever Aggressive Virendar Sehwag.
- He has been quite a champion at the Indian domestic Cricket circuit and has scored loads of runs.
In 2009 Chopra released Beyond the Blues: A First-Class Season Like No Other. The book is a diary of Chopra's 2007–08 domestic season. It was published by Harper Collins. It was critically acclaimed and Suresh Menon of Cricinfo, who wrote that it was "the best book written by an Indian Test cricketer."
I got to know about Aakash's book- Out Of The Blue: Rajasthan’s Road To The Ranji which i really wanted to read given the fact that i was following his writing (and Cricket of course!) for quite a while and had become a fan of it. Quite recently, i connected with him over Twitter (@cricketaakash) and to my surprise he has been quite response to follower's comments. I say surprise because not many known people with thousands of followers on Twitter actually care to respond to follower's tweets. So for me, it was a welcome change. I had made up my mind to buy his book from flipkart.com as it offered a better discount. Then, by chance i encountered Aakash's tweet to buy the book from cricbuy.com, where he was offering to send the self-signed book. The Graphologist in me never likes to let go of such an opportunity and immediately pounced on it even though the discount offered was comparatively less. Was quite heartening for me to see handwritten wishes from Aakash in the book (along with his autograph) and this was enough for me to get started with writing this post!
Aakash is ruled by his head and not entirely by his heart. He is a cool, collected person. Some may see him as an unemotional person. He does have emotions like all the humans but not always feels the need to express them. He may appear as being withdrawn into himself and doesn’t mind alone. He is a very level headed person and will remain calm in emergency situations. He is never quite impulsive.
Aakash has a tremendous ability to focus on any project/task that he takes on. When he is focusing on some project then he forgets everything else that's happening around him. He has the ability to eliminate all outside noises, thoughts, interference, and ability to concentrate on one subject. When he concentrates, he becomes oblivious to everything around self. This trait is also best reflected in his performance in 2003-04 tour to Australia. Although he failed to cross the 50- mark in the four Tests against Australia, he showed enough patience to spend valuable time in the middle, see off the new ball and build a solid platform from which the strong middle order could elevate India to greater heights. His unflappable concentration has a lot to do with the fact that he just loves spending lot of time in the middle of the wicket.
Aakash incidently wrote a brilliant piece on the topic of concentration, which quotes concentration as simply remaining in the present. Its quite a thoughtful article where he reasons various aspects on concentration.
Aakash has the trait of perfectionism in his personality. He is a kind of person who takes time putting everything in place and reviews work thoroughly in order to make it precise. This also helps him to be the greater writer that he is i.e. he would likely spend considerable effort to out his writings into a state of perfection before everyone gets to see it. In his most recent book- Out Of The Blue: Rajasthans Road To The Ranji narrates the below about himself that justifies to a great extent the perfectionism in his nature-
My mornings have always been well-ordered; I like it that way. On days that a gruelling session or a match lay ahead, my morning to-do list would have been all chalked out in my head the night before. Ever since i started playing Cricket- even as a kid, all of eight- my mornings were dedicated to practice, workouts or even simply a jog. So unvarying was my regimen that i tended to forget what day of the week it was. Every morning looked the same, and so did my plan.
Aakash has the trait of Self Reliance or Leadership in his personality. People with Self- reliance has the ability to take the tough times head-on and gives them necessary confidence and ability to do things to come out of the same. Aakash in his Cricketing career has faced many ups and downs like moving in and out of Indian team despite being in contention, deciding to move to Rajasthan after getting a cold treatment from his native Delhi etc. Its his Self-reliance (combined with determination) that has helped him emerge victorious in the trying circumstances. Infact, a Rock solid Determination is one of his most visible traits from his personality (as evident from the handwriting). In the - same book narrates the below about himself that speaks about his the determination and discipline-
I don’t think I have ever missed a match because of a flu, minor injury, even a twist. All these years of Cricket have helped me to ignore these small malfunctions.
Aakash is a Positive Thinker. He is always inclined to see the positive side of any situation. Positive thinking along with Determination is a true asset that helps him surpass insurmountable obstacles.
Aakash has Cumulative Thinking pattern in his personality. Cumulative Thinkers thinks or creates much like a mason, stacking fact over fact. In this thinking pattern, the conclusion, is usually not complete until the last fact is in place. Such a thinker prefers to learn more through demonstration, by preferring to experience something rather than simply following any written or verbal instruction. This may take longer to learn but something once learned is retained for a long, long time. These are all the signs of a methodical thinker, who can build things and come up with the new ideas based on previously learned material. This to some extent explains the way Aakash is known to build his innings while batting. He is more of an accumulator of runs and works hard to get each one under his belt.
Aakash is quite Frank and Honest in giving his opinion. If you ask him a direct question, you'll get a direct answer. This sort of honesty is quite visible in his writings.
Aakash possess pride and dignity in his personality. Pride is a spur to achievement. He tends to expect respect from others and expect others to treat him with dignity.
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The Book- Out of the Blue by Aakash Chopra