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    A cricket injury in 1979 led to Uday Kotak's academic break


    After a blow to his head, the banker had to take a break and lost a semester.

    During his forced break after the injury, Uday Kotak went to work in the family business of cotton trading.
    Kotak Mahindra Bank MD, Uday Kotak’s love for cricket is a well known fact. As a student, he even played the sport quite actively. But there was an injury, one that resulted in an academic break for the banker.

    While introducing Kotak as the speaker for the 25th Lalit Doshi Memorial Lecture on Monday (August 5), Bharat Doshi, trustee, Lalit Doshi Memorial Foundation, shared the story.

    “In September 1979, he (Kotak) was playing cricket in the Kanga League. For those not familiar with the Kanga League, it (the league matches) is played during the monsoon season with adverse weather conditions,” Doshi said. He elaborated further about the incident, saying, “Uday was the non-striker when his partner hit the ball and Uday went for a sharp single. And while he was running between the wickets, the fielder threw the ball back to the stumps. Unfortunately, the ball directly hit Uday to the head, leading to a major critical surgery.”

    The surgery was performed in time and everything turned out well. “Except that he (Kotak) lost a semester and had to take a break,” Doshi said.

    When on this forced break, Kotak went to work in the family business of cotton trading. However, when he finally completed his MBA, he decided not to work in the family business, but strike out on his own in the field of finance. And the rest, as everyone knows, is history.

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