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On a different wicket

Srikkanth on engineering, spirituality and, what else but, cricket


FORMER MASTER blaster opener of Indian cricket, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, was in town recently.

Not to smash boundaries, but for a promotional show organised by the TVS group.

The cricketer, who has engineered many a win for the country, spoke to Metro Plus on a variety of subjects. For one, his engineering qualification.

"Engineering is all about common sense. It raises your confidence level. And I experienced that to a great extent when it helped me analyse rights and wrongs."

However, he concedes that he has long since forgotten the basics.

His focus is now on the entertainment sector.

Srikkanth is also taking time off for his newfound love - the networking business.

The once-dreaded opener plans to club cricket, entertainment and networking.

"It will be a good combination and my cricketing background will help me market it successfully. Thanks to the sport, I am also able to communicate with people easily."

The swashbuckling batsman's advice to youngsters is to lead a spiritual life, for it helps tide over difficulties with ease and inculcates discipline.

"One should learn to strike a good balance between material life and the spiritual. Success will follow automatically," is his mantra. Veering back to cricket, he points out that Coimbatore has got budding cricketers, but support is lacking.

"In fact, I am trying to work out something beneficial for them along with the TVS Group," he states.

Under the promotional visit, customers who had booked new cars also got an opportunity to have their photographs clicked with Srikkanth.

In a move that endeared him to many, he readily handed out a tip or two on the sport and also gave away free cricket kits to the customers.

RAYAN ROZARIO

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