Mithali Raj on finally having a sports psychologist with the squad

Mithali Raj on finally having a sports psychologist with the squad

India’s ODI captain Mithali Raj has strongly suggested having a mental health conditioning coach traveling with the side, especially during the pandemic when the players must go through the rigor of strict quarantine rules.
 
Reports have come up that Mumbai-based sports psychologist Dr Mugdha Bavare, who has previously worked with Mumbai Cricket Association, the Bengal Ranji team and several Olympic athletes, is currently in New Zealand with the women’s team. India are scheduled to play one T20I and five ODIs prior to the 50-over World Cup set to begin on March 4 in the country, which means they are expected to spend nearly two months away from home due to the timetable.
 
Raj, who had expressed her thought to Cricket Monthly after India’s loss in the 2020 T20 World Cup final that a sports psychologist could help their performance in world tournament knockouts, feels that while every player has their own ways to deal with the pressures of the game, having a professional who looks after the players will certainly help the team.
Mithali Raj stresses on the importance of having professional support
“I think every individual has their own way of absorbing pressure, coming out and playing their best cricket,” Raj said prior to their lone T20I match. “Having a sports psychologist traveling with the team this time around helps. She has one-on-one sessions with the players to give them more time to understand how to deal with their pressures and find ways that they can absorb and play their best cricket.
 
“In today’s time, it is even more important and helpful to have them around traveling with the team with longer durations of quarantines and bio-bubbles. Unlike before where we get into the World Cup directly we have a series where the tour is extended for two months. It does help to have a one-on-one session with them because you see things in a very different perspective and that clearly helps you understand your own self to find your own ways. Everyone has different ways of dealing with pressures and quarantine times, to have somebody address those issues is always helpful – a more professional support.”
 
“Workload is in our minds but having said that rather than seeing two months if you look at the games we are getting it could be around five-plus or nine or 10 of the world cup games. We do have a couple of more seamers in the side so we’ll see how we can give them an opportunity. Workload is secondary right now but getting them to bowl in these conditions is important so that’s where they need that game time to get on to the field and get two-three games to get used to the conditions.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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