Yes, it can help.
If you compare both a BCS exam phase like BCS Preliminary Exam or BCS Written Exam or BCS Viva Voce and a cricket match with a battle, you have many things, at least 4 things to learn from it.
In a cricket match you watch an all-out fight between two teams, like Bangladesh Vs. India, and in a BCS exam phase, you see the fight between a candidate and the odds of a BCS exam.
Who win in a cricket match?
Of course, it is the team that can fight tactfully and efficiently. In any BCS exam phase, a candidate who is able to control his stressed-nerve and display his labour-earned skills wins at the end.
Perhaps, you’re impatient to know exactly which 4 things you can learn from the Bangladesh Vs. India cricket match in the quarter-final. Okay, here they go:
- Study the Odds of the Game before You Step in the Battle Field.
I’m sure you’ve watched the above mentioned match. If you did so, you might notice that India had had a thorough study on the strength and the weakness of the Bangladeshi players. The hard-hitter player like Rohit Sharma restrained himself from playing over-the-top and focused on singles though he is fond of playing ‘over-the-top’ for big sixes.
Why do you think he refrained from hitting big sixes initially?
It’s because the play ground of MCG is bigger than any other play grounds in Australia. The quarter finals are not seen big scoring matches. So, if India could capitalize a total around 260 runs, it would be more than enough to challenge a team like Bangladesh.
Learning Points: As a BCS candidate you must conduct a study on any BCS exam phases, that is to figure out which score you should have to qualify for a particular phases considering some special circumstances like the average scoring level of the previous BCS exams, present context of the syllabus and the standard of the questionnaire.
- Execute Plan-B, and Plan-C when Plan-A doesn’t work.
When Rohit Sharma and Suresh Rayna noticed that Mashrafee deployed extra-two players on the deep mid-on and long-off lifting them from the slipping area, they avoided striking towards Mid-on and Long-off (Plan-A) and hit some tricky fours through the slipping area executing their Plan-B.
Learning Points: You must have Plan-A, Plan-B, and Plan-C to fight any unexpected situations in the BCS exam hall. If your ‘Plan-A’ doesn’t work in the exam hall, execute alternative plan like Plan-B or Plan-C.
- Relax, Control Your Stress.
When India lost 3 quick wickets in between 85-130 runs, Sharma again resumed to play defensive shots for two overs and after that started hitting lofty and ambitious shots again. He and Rayna just reduced the level of prevailing stress to gather confidence and execute Plan-C. At last they could capitalize a sizable big score, that was 302, in that nerve-taking match.
Learning Points: There may arise some unfavourable situations in your BCS exam hall. Your seating-table may not be suitable for writing, room-lighting may not be good, your side-man may be extremely disturbing, and your questionnaire may be extremely tough to answer.
Relax! Never be charged with overwhelming stress. These are the parts of any battle you want to fight. Be cold-headed and decide what best you can do in that odd situation.
- Never Experiment with New Skills
Again, Rohit Sharma! Rohit Sharma, in that match, didn’t experiment with any new style or shots. He knew he was weak against extra-wide and bouncy ball of the Off-side area. So, he let them go and showed least interest for those types of balls.
But what about Tamim?
He experimented again with the bouncy ball out of the Off-stump and enjoyed his due penalty!
Learning Points: Any experiments can have positive or negative results. You can afford to experiment with a new strategy or a new approach at home, NOT in your exam hall!
Walk on the on the safest path as you won’t have the second chance to correct your already-done-wrongs once the exam is over.
Do you find any similarity between a cricket match and a real life battle?
If you find any, let me know your opinions in the comments sections.
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Md. Zahid Hasan is a BCS Cadre officer and the founder-writer of BCSExam.com . He joined Bangladesh Civil Service in 2011 being the 27th in the merit-list under his cadre-post of 29th BCS exam. He started writing on the tricks and tips of BCS exam preparation being requested by his senior students. He is an ardent researcher and experimenter of BCS exam preparation. If you are serious about becoming a BCS cadre officer, then Read More…