On 27 September 2017, two cricketing greats addressed students and faculty at O.P. Jindal Global University. With over 2,000 First Class wickets between the pair, Mr. Bishan Singh Bedi, Former Indian Test cricket captain, and Mr. Michael Kasprowicz, Former Australian Test cricketer, shared stories from their cricketing careers.
In an event organised by the Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS), the pair shared inspirational stories about the life lessons that they learnt during their respective careers and how these lessons can be applied in every day life. Mr. Bedi spoke about the importance of integrity in sport. He spoke about cricketing legend, Sir Donal Bradman, and how he extolled the virtues of acting with integrity on and off the field. Modern day cricketers and athletes, can learn a lot from the cricketers of old.
Mr. Kasprowicz spoke about his love of India and the strong connection he has developed with the country over the past 19 years. He spent a week at the JGU campus in connection with a course on Sports Law and Governance organised by the CIAS, a course which saw JGU students and students from the University of Queensland (UQ) learn about sports law and governance across both jurisdictions. Mr. Kasprowicz mentioned that he thoroughly enjoyed his time on campus and spoke of the importance of such collaborations between India and Australia.
The following morning, students and faculty from JGU and UQ competed in a cricket match on the JGU campus led by Vice Chancellor, Professor C. Raj Kumar and Michael Kasprowicz. While Team India narrowly won this fixture, a great time was had by all.