Project Summary : Words are powerful. They convey your message and influence the audience and its perception of you. Word choice and arrangement need as much attention as the speech organization and purpose. Select clear, accurate, descriptive and short words that best communicate your ideas and arrange them effectively and correctly. Every word should add value, meaning and impact to the speech.
- Select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately and vividly.
- Use rhetorical devices to enhance and emphasize ideas.
- Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words.
- Use correct grammar.
Time limit: 5 to 7 minutes with a minimum qualification time of 4 minutes 30 seconds and maximum time of 7 minutes 30 seconds.
The Last/Lost Balls
How many of you play cricket? How many of you at least watch cricket?
It gives me immense pleasure to introduce myself as a very famous cricketer. I am famous in my friends circle for the following things.
- Bowling a dozen of balls in an over.
- I’m a specialist in bowling all types of balls like wide ball, no ball, over-stepping no ball, low full toss ball, etc. Most of the times when I bowl, the umpire will have a nice physical exercise.
- And when it comes to batting I am famous for getting dismissed as quickly as maggi noodles. Yes… out of the ground in just 2 minutes
Though I had a lot of highlights like the ones I had mentioned, I still nominated myself, when TCS-JPMC announced about the JPMorgan Cricket League. We formed a team which contained one professional cricketer who has played for the Cricket Association of Bengal, 2-3 guys who had done a great job in college level cricket tournaments and many others who were famous like me. We had a team with experience, knowledge and entertainment.
The matches were scheduled for the middle of March, 2013. We started practicing rigorously, restlessly and relentlessly. Our goal was either to win, or at least loose by a smaller margin. Every evening between 4 PM and 5 PM during the office hours we would sneak out like a snake and practice very hard. After an hour or two we would come back to office and start working again pretending as if nothing had happened. After practicing for about a month, our team “The rhinos” was ready to charge !!
Our first league match began at 6:30 AM on 16th March. It was a ten overs match. We won the toss, but elected to bowl first. All our bowlers did an exceptional job and restricted the opponent team for 61 runs. We were all on cloud nine, because the score was very easy to chase.
Our batting session started and we started losing wickets as quickly as flash. After the fall of our top order batsmen, it was finally my turn to bat. I went to the crease with the only intention of not getting out till the last ball. My batting partner Vignesh and I decided to build a partnership and try our best to lead the team to victory. We kept running between wickets and Vignesh managed to hit a boundary as well. There was one instance where I had to dive into the crease to save myself from getting run out and the umpire got shocked to see a huge figure falling down near his feet. Things were going on well till Vignesh also lost his wicket. Again the wickets started falling like a pack of cards and eventually we needed 3 runs from 2 balls to win the game. I was on the non-strikers end, and guess who was ready to strike the ball!! It was my Project Manager!! He somehow managed to score a quick single to bring me back to strike. So we had 1 ball, 2 runs to win and no wickets in hand. My manager looked at me with a lot of expectations from the other end. I wonder if he had expected this much from me in terms of project delivery!! My team mates were staring at me and the opponents were frowning. The crowd started to cheer “Gautam… Gautam.. Gautam…” My heart started beating faster. The bowler at last released the last ball. I closed my eyes tightly and swung my bat with a lot of force and power. I slowly opened my eyes to see where the ball had gone!! Was it a boundary ?? No, this is not Lagaan movie. !! The ball went to the hands of the wicket keeper!! And we lost the first match!!
We were deeply depressed. However, we were determined to win at least the 2nd match as it was a do or die situation for us. The next match happened on the very next day. We won the toss but this time we elected to bat first. After a mind-blowing batting performance by our team captain, we were 74 from 10 overs.
Our bowling was also remarkable that day. The opponents had scored just 59 runs for 9 wickets at the end of 6th over. Brilliant performance indeed. But the problem with Indian cricketers is that we become over-confident when things seem to fall in place. We were no exception. We took things lightly when our bowlers became very expensive and eventually, the other team needed 15 from the last over.
To bowl the death over we trusted the magic hands of a guy who was as famous as me. He proved his fame by bowling all types of balls in the last over. Wide, no ball, full toss etc. Finally, they needed 2 runs from one ball. Our champion bowler released the last ball. We were all focused on the batsman. The batsman missed the ball!! It went to the wicket-keeper!! Hold on.. The wicket keeper missed it and the ball went straight to the boundary. We lost again.
Though we were upset with what had happened, it has been a memorable season for all of us. The practice sessions brought many of us closer than before. I still remember how our Amogh used to
bowl during the practice. For days, months and years to come, these memories would stay fresh in our hearts.
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