SCMS Cochin School of Business has consistently attracted talents from different fields who come to the institute to pursue their management dreams. As you walk around the campus you don’t know who you might run into. Like Bhargava Krishna, a state level cricket player for example. He opted for his PGDM program from the institute after playing two years of professional cricket and now aims to merge the two for the benefit of future players from his district. Here he talks about his passion for cricket, the business aspect of it and how he plans to come out on tops.
Talking about his road to SCMS Cochin Bhargava reveals, “After my graduation I took a break from studies and dedicated two years of my life to professional cricket. But it came to a point where I knew that I didn’t want to be dependent on my parents so I decided to focus on business. I had heard a lot about this PGDM program and opted for it to give my goals the best shot.” However as he learns the trick of the trade and gets an insight into the corporate word, he remains committed to his love for cricket and wants to make a difference.
Bhargava talks about his humble beginnings as a district level cricketer from Karimnagar, a small town that still lacks the facilities budding players need. In a dream reminiscent of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s character in the movie ‘Kai Po Che’, he wants to lead the way for cricketers in the area. “There are a lot of talented players who don’t know the way forward because there aren’t enough facilities, a proper coach. There is lack of mentoring that we are getting here at the institute and that’s something I would like to change,” he says passionately.
Post his PGDM, Bhargava plans to start a club that will create a healthy environment for budding cricketers with all the facilities at their disposal. He also hopes to be in a position to be able to guide them on achieving their goals as professional cricketers. According to him these are exciting times for cricketers because, “Earlier people believed that cricketers didn’t have a future unless they played for the National team. The IPL has changed that and given them an exciting platform to make big amounts and showcase their talent at the same time,” he adds.
Bhargava also talks about the commercial aspect of the game where players are auctioned by teams in the IPL and how it involves business acumen too. In fact, he stresses on the importance of business sense and training in every field as he says, “My PGDM will help me understand how to commercialize things so that young cricketers, who are from middle class families, can display their talent while earning their livelihood too. One thing I know for sure is that whatever I do it will be related to cricket because it’s a passion that won’t go till I die.”