Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian cricket team who is always calm on the field, he feels scared and he also feels pressure. Dhoni said that Indian cricketers also shy away from talking about mental problems. In such a situation, there should always be a mental conditioning coach with the team.
Dhoni said this during a discussion with top coaches of cricket, volleyball, tennis in the online session of the former cricketer S. Badrinath’s Mental Health.
Conditioning coach required for the team
The wicketkeeper-batsman said that if the mental conditioning coach connects with the team for a few days, then it will not get much benefit. Because then he will be able to share his experiences with the players for a few days. If he is constantly with the team, then one can understand which are the areas that are impacting a player’s game.
‘Big issue to accept the mental problem in the country’
He said that even today, accepting mental problems is a big issue in India. Especially so with the players. Nobody really says that, when I go to bat, the heartbeat becomes very fast when playing the first 5 to 10 balls. I feel pressured, I feel a little scared. Everyone feels so. But no one tells how to face it?
Player-coach relationship important: Dhoni
Dhoni further stated that this is a minor problem. But on most occasions, the player does not talk to the coach about it. The relationship between the player and the coach is very important.
Team India captain Virat Kohli also participated in this session. He said about mental health that it is important not only in sports but also in life.