This Ian Chappell speech at the Raj Singh Dungarpur World Cricket Summit in Mumbai last week nearly stole the show from the other speakers. But, that’s typically the job of the keynote speaker. At this event, and of course, at other cricketing events.
His speech praised the lifetime achievements of the late Nawab of Pataudi with some vivid recollections of the Nawab’s first tour of Australia witnessed by the young Ian Chappell.
Tiger missed the first Test because he pulled a hamstring as if one eye is not a big enough handicap. And if you want to know how big a handicap that is, try closing one eye and catch a cricket ball. It’s not very easy.
This was a fine speech full of recollections and anecdotes told about one cricketing legend by another:
“I didn’t have my own bat, gloves so each time I went out, I just picked up the bat nearest to the door.” He got 75 in the first innings and just to prove that was not a fluke, he got 85 in the second innings.
You know that a story telling speech can work perfectly in sport, the entertainment industry or even in politics. Just make sure that you are not the principal player in the story.
The Ian Chappell speech was followed in the second session of the day by Mike Brearley’s Voice of Cricket lecture. This was altogether a more serious and staid affair. Because he spoke about the damaging effects of corruption on the game of cricket.
But, in contrast to the Ian Chappell speech, Mike Brearley’s speech was serious, dutiful stuff. Yes, the excitement and vigour of the Chappell speech perfectly portrayed the flamboyance of the late Nawab. This wasn’t a eulogy, but it certainly paid homage.
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