With Will Ross
Meaning of Life
Part 1: Use Your Head
More than any other sport, with the possible exception of chess, cricket is a mental game. It is played with the mind as much as with the body. This will come as no great surprise to anyone. What is so surprising is that despite the fact that everyone knows cricket is a mind game, most players and teams practice their technique, but spend little or no time developing the mental skills that are required to reach and maintain their potential. Far too many players fail to reach their potential because they don't spend enough time working on the mental side of their game.
How does the mind affect cricketers? Consider the following questions:
Problems like these won't be cured in the nets. To answer these riddles we need to understand what is going on inside the players' heads. Once we know the cause of the problem, we can start to work on a cure.
You don't need to spend years at university learning psychology to improve your game. But by learning a few mental skills you can become a better cricketer. You can:
There are dozens of coaching manuals that can help you to improve your technique, but very few that will show you how to develop your mental skills. While it is important to master the basic skills of cricket, it is equally important that you give yourself a regular 'check up from the neck up'.
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