It was interesting listening to England wrapping up the very one-sided Test series against India on Test Match Special this afternoon. Once Tendulkar was dismissed things went the way of the script – and the script dictated an England victory. This isn’t to say that the English team didn’t have to work hard at it because they certainly did. The outcome though was never in doubt. And the chief factor in delivering that outcome was the difference in performance between the two sides. Crucial to that difference is something we call momentum. Momentum is gained through a sequence of success. Continuing success breeds self-belief, which then itself conditions a winning attitude.
Karma means that things that happen in the present/future are partially governed by what has happened in the past. So all the hard work, preparation and practice put in by England in the nets and on the field paid off. There’s nothing inevitable about victory of course just because you do your homework, but it all helps. Andrew Strauss was clear about the importance of self-belief, and I guess, about keeping the balance between self-belief and realism so that it doesn’t become delusional (as in the case of a certain Mr Gadafi!)
Whatever – we are number one in the world at something -and a huge hurrah for that!!!!!