"There is this constant fight..." - Abhishek Nayar responds to "sex in cricket" question in viral video

Published - 08 Jun 2024, 04:46 PM | Updated - 08 Jun 2024, 04:47 PM

Abhishek Nayar
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Former Indian cricketer Abhishek Nayar played a pivotal role in the Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) title victory during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Venkatesh Iyer and Varun Chakaravarthy praised assistant coach Abhishek Nayar after the Kolkata team secured their third title in the history of the tournament.

The KKR bowlers bundled out the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL 2024 final in Chennai. The SRH team scored just 113 runs, the lowest total in an IPL final. Andre Russell took three wickets, while Mitchell Starc and Harshit Rana claimed two wickets each. Kolkata easily chased down the target in 10.3 overs.

Abhishek Nayar has been mentoring the young talents at the Kolkata Knight Riders Academy. Nayar has played a significant role in nurturing the emerging Indian players. 18-year-old Angkrish Raghuvanshi made an impact in his debut season for the Knight Riders in the recent edition of the cash-rich league.

In a viral video on social media, YouTuber Ranveer Allahbadia asked Abhishek Nayar if players are advised against having sex that affects their performance as athletes.

"Final topic, sex in cricket? Is it a factor in the lives of players?" the anchor asked.

Ronaldo Nazario, the Brazilian football legend, once admitted that he had sex before some games after the 2002 FIFA World Cup title win. Ronaldo said that he found it beneficial for concentration. He noted that not all coaches allowed it, but he felt that it sometimes enhanced his performance on the field.

It's Different For Everybody - Abhishek Nayar

Abhishek Nayar responded to the question about the impact of sex on athletes' performance. Nayar stated that while some athletes believe it improves focus and power, others find no significant change. He emphasized the importance of recognizing individual preferences in dealing with pressure.

"Are you asking this in a positive way or negative way? You have asked a very open ended question. It will happen. Which human being will survive without it. But is it good or bad, is that your question? or your question is 'kitna hota hai?'" Nayar replied. 

"I want to answer this, but I want to see what you answer is with me telling," the anchor replied. 

"It's normal for anyone to do it. It's different for everybody. There is this constant fight and conundrum in every cricketer's mind. Some people will like it, some will abstain. Some cricketers do believe that their power and focus tend to improve if they don't have sex, while others follow that and end up concluding that nothing has changed for them. So this is a very individual thing. There is no thumb rule. The fact is, at different phases in life, different things work. No one is desperate, but sometimes there is so much pressure that you want to chill," Nayar said.

Abhishek Nayar is set to return to the cricketing scene next year for the 2025 Indian Premier League season. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will conduct a mega auction before the tournament begins.

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