Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has highlighted the importance of a mental conditioning coach in any team and how his regularity will be fruitful for the side. MS Dhoni also stated that people in India do not generally accept mental aspects of the game, which is indeed saddening.
Cricket can be a cruel game sometimes, and it is not easy to be on the top level and maintain consistency. It needs strong personalities who don’t le the situations to get the better of them. MS Dhoni has been one of the calmest and composed figures on the field and is considered to be a mental maverick in modern-day cricket.
Now, the world-cup winning captain has expressed how important it is for a mental conditioning coach to be with the team at all times to get the better out of individuals.
MS Dhoni On The Importance Of A Mental Conditioning Coach
“In India, I feel there is still a big issue of accepting that there is some weakness when it comes to the mental aspects, but we generally term it as mental illness,” Dhoni said while sharing his experiences with top coaches from various sports, including cricket, volleyball, tennis and golf in a session conducted by MFORE.
“Nobody really says that, when I go to bat, the first 5 to 10 deliveries my heart rate is elevated, I feel the pressure, I feel a bit scared because that’s how everybody feels – how to cope with that?” the former Indian captain added.
The Relationship Between The Coach And The Players Is Important: MS Dhoni
“This is a small problem but a lot of times we hesitate to say it to a coach and that’s why the relationship between a player and coach is very important be it any sport,” MS Dhoni further added.
Highlighting the importance of mental conditioning coach, the 38-year-old said: “Mental conditioning coach should not be the one who comes for 15 days, because when you come for 15 days, you are only sharing the experience. If the mental conditioning coach is constantly with the player, he can understand what are the areas which are affecting his sport,” he concluded.