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SIGN OF SUCCESS: Test cricketer V.V.S. Laxman, badminton coach P. Gopichand and captain of Indian women's cricket team Mithali Raj during release of the book in Hyderabad on Sunday.
SIGN OF SUCCESS: Test cricketer V.V.S. Laxman, badminton coach P. Gopichand and captain of Indian women's cricket team Mithali Raj during release of the book in Hyderabad on Sunday.

V.V. Subrahmanyam

HYDERABAD: What has cricket to do with art of managing one's finances? A lot, insists Sanjiv Mehta who has used cricket as an analogy for the good personal financial blueprint. His book, `Winning the Wealth Game' has cricket as the platform, to erect the pillars of financial matters.

With a reference to the significance of the 12th man in a cricket team, he says that any individual should have the ability to think ahead and ensure adequate `reserves' in his account just like the 12th man. Similarly, the art of financing is compared to the compilation of runs in a big knock.

Apparently, Sanjiv Mehta found V.V.S. Laxman's epic 281 against the Australians in 2001 as the perfect example to demonstrate his view that even in the finance world, it is imperative for anyone to be consistent in planning, making optimum use of the chances that come by.

Interestingly, the book also reveals a survey finding, which states that an average cricket fan spends 20 per cent of his time watching the game but only 0.3 per cent on planning his financial matters.

"These are simple revelations which prompted me to write the book to stress the importance of money matters," Sanjiv Mehta remarked to a select gathering at the function here on Sunday.

Being an avid cricket lover, the author says he tried his best to include the latest in cricketing battles in the World Cup to generate greater interest. To be financially sound one has to achieve that target through the bits-and-pieces approach and not necessarily through huge transactions. "It is the bits-and-pieces cricketers who helped India win the 1983 World Cup," he remarked.

For V.V.S. Laxman, Pullela Gopi Chand and Mithali Raj, it was a different experience. Mithali said since her father manages her finances, she would advise him to read this book to do a better job! Laxman quipped he would find out whether the simple and effective pieces of advice were being followed by his chartered accountant! Gopi felt that such books were essential for the average sportsperson to lead a better life.


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