Passion changes 'good' to 'exceptional'
George Bailey, Australia's Twenty20 captain, says in his blog that it's a passion for the game that drives the success of players like Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.
It's the thirst for knowledge, competition and never ending search to fill the unbridled passion these guys have for the game of cricket. That's what makes them the legends of cricket we know them as - it’s really what separates anyone in their chosen field from good to exceptional. Passion.
I am often asked what it's like having Ricky Ponting come back and play for Tassie; Does he train harder? Does he embrace the team? Does he fit in? The first thing that always strikes me with Punter has been not how hard he trains (though I will get to that) but how excited he is. About training. Playing. Picking up your cricket bat.
Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo