Wednesday, January 3, 2024


 By his own tall standards, Steve Smith's (former Australia men's cricket captain) batting form dipped somewhat in the last few years that raised questions on his longevity in the game.

But the tide turned recently as he again started scoring tonnes of runs for Australia and in the BBL. What really changed for Steve?

The answer is Roger Federer. Infact, a grip inspired by the tennis legend.

Smith recently said-
"“I was probably actually holding the bat how I hold my tennis racket before, I don’t know what it’s called, the western grip maybe with my right hand. But I’ve opened that up to what’s called a continental grip maybe ... a bit more open, just allowing me to slice the ball and hit gaps and hit the ball further."

Steve took inspiration from his idol, Roger Federer, whose more eastern (also called as continental) forehand was known to generate a little more than half the topspin revolutions imparted by his competitor Rafael Nadal’s western grip.

Athletes from different sports often look to one another for inspiration and motivation. Smith's case goes a step further where he adopted a proven technique from a different sport and adapted to his own.

What's happening here?

Frans Johansson, the author of one of my favorite books- "The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures" says "When you step into an intersection of fields, disciplines, or cultures, you can combine existing concepts into a large number of extraordinary ideas."

Innovation often comes from exploring the intersection of different disciplines, where new ideas and solutions can be discovered. By embracing the power of combining different fields, we open ourselves up to newer and richer perspectives. We may discover fresh and exciting ways to approach solutions to routine problems and create something truly unique and impactful. This amalgamation enhances our knowledge, helps build comprehensive point of views
The possibilities are endless!!

I recently read & quite enjoyed a tweet thread written by David Perell (link in comments) on the subject where he diligently wrote one line lessons from various fields, some of which i drew via the sketchnote below.

Which is your favorite lesson among these ? What are the areas where you have attempted to apply intersectional learning ? hashtaginnovation hashtaginspiration

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