There is one key aspect which determines success in life other than talent and hard work, its attitude. While the former two capabilities re often used in tandem to determine or applaud achievements, what generally gets overlooked is the all – important mental approach.
This fact is strongly applicable everywhere, including cricket.
Over the years, we have seen the ones the “talented ones” and the “hard workers.” These names are revered for their amount of success they gained and the benchmark they set over the course of their career. However, as said earlier, what commoners and experts both fail to recognize if their attitude towards the game.
This assumption can be an arguable observation but is valid on the large scale. Appreciation is generally based on the former two and the latter one is generally remembered when the “beloved talents” fall falls short of their potential after building all the hype.
The above-mentioned potential can be of any magnitude, depending on the quality of the individual, but when the players do not achieve what’s anticipated from them due to the wrong attitude, it’s very dejected.
Let’s take a look at 5 Cricketers Who Underachieved To Their Potential:
Vinod Kambli can easily be put up on the top of the list of the most talented Indian batsmen who never realized their true potential. He was a gem of a talent, who as a 17-year-old, forged the world record unbeaten stand of 664 runs with his schoolmate – the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Three years later he was into the Indian team and his attacking nature, the ability to play the pull shot, and dazzling footwork quickly grabbed the imagination of the cricket fans. But, there were two sides to him. Apart from being the flamboyant cricketer who was rated as more entertaining than Sachin Tendulkar by some, open minded critics felt he was directionless. The debate on the latter aspect was silent during the initial stage of his career where he amassed runs with flawless fluency but his habit to indulge in partying culture and over the top attitude soon marked his own downfall. He played his last Test at the age of 23 and made at least 9 ODI comeback until making his final appearance in 2000.
Although not a cricket tragic, Gautam Gambhir could have to be the leader of the Indian cricket team had he accepted to mend his blown up attitude. His short temperateness made him look like a short-sighted individual who loved to live in his own bubble. His stats are wonderful having played 58 Tests and 147 ODIs with 4154 runs and 5238 runs in each format respectively. But, these numbers do not describe the batting talent the Delhite possessed, even for the ones who disliked him for his poker faced nature. The feisty cricketer’s stats could have been much better and he could be the perfect captain owing his seriousness and insatiable hunger for success. His IPL stint with Kolkata Knight Riders is a testament to his leadership skills. But, in 2014, bad form led to his exit from the team and since then he has been out of favour.
Arrogance and unnecessary outspokenness were the key words to describe the personal side of Kevin Pietersen – The cricketer and administrators’ headache. KP was a talent par excellence. A tall right hander batsman gifted with the ease of timing and fearlessness, KP had the defensive as well as the attacking flair in equal measures which made him England all-season cricketer in a short span of time. He was simply captivating and when in the middle it was tough to take away the attention from him and truly on the path of becoming one of the most distinguished England great. However, after being made as captain, his unhealthy relationships with fellow mates and head coaches soon put him in the spotlight for not being a team man and improper leader. He inflicted on his a career damaging blow when his ties with the ECB start to become sour which eventually led to his demise from English cricket.
Darren Bravo can perhaps describe in the best fashion as to what not to do when venting out the anger against the chief executive of the country’s cricket board. It’s simple – Be as diplomatic as possible and possibly avoid words like “Big Idiot,” especially if the rant is on social media site like Twitter. This show of arrogance led to his prolonged stay out of the West Indies team at a time he when he was struggling with form and desperately needed to a chance at the highest level.
Cricket West Indies chief executive Dave Cameron has asked the left-handed batsman to take down the tweet which he posted after the controversy which broke out over the contracts. Bravo, who has been considered as one of the best contemporary batsmen from the Caribbean, was annoyed by the C-Grade’ contract offered to him and soon vented out his frustration in the least desirable manner. The move backfired so badly that he faced an axe and is currently out of the Test side.
Talk about going from being an inspiration to becoming a player who’s tagged as an overrated talent. This has been the story of Ahmed Shehzad’s career. The Pakistan batsman drew comparisons with Australia great Ricky Ponting during his Under-19 days and had the temperament and talent which very few 21-year-olds possess when making the Test debut for their country. The constant comparison with his counterpart Virat Kohli, another rising batting biggie from India and future Test captain, in the initial years made him look more exciting. It was an easy task for him to established himself in the national team and become the next big thing. But, indiscipline crept in almost without any signs and soon began hampering his career. Although it is still early days in the career for Shehzad, who is just 25 currently and has a lot of cricket left, the axing in 2016 and bad form cut a sizeable portion of achievement from his career.