Subramaniam Badrinath may not have made it big at the international stage during his playing days but the former Chennai Super Kings batsman is well and truly hitting the ball out of the park when it comes to his second innings.
Last month, Badrinath and his team launched MFORE, a non-profit organization, whose aim to provide mental conditioning program in order to help a sportsman attain peak performance in his or her respective sport.
That sport is a mental game, has become a cliche in recent times. And, while it is actually true that mental skills play a huge role in determining the trajectory of a sportsman, not a lot of emphasis has been given to it, as far as building institutions is concerned.
And, this is precisely the reason why Badrinath, while having a general discussion with his friends at a Golf Force on the importance of mental attenuation, that he decided to do something about it.
“It was something I always believed in. The mind being such an important and integral part of sport is something I’ve always believed in. I’ve experienced it in my career as well. I’ve had good years; I’ve had bad years. I’ve had times when I wanted to quit cricket. So it’s been there throughout my career. The thought came to my mind at a golf course; me and my partner were discussing the mental aspect of the game and suddenly we thought that it’s such an important thing,” Subramaniam Badrinath told Hindustan Times.
“People keep talking that everything is 80 percent, 90 percent mind but there is no entity that actually deals with it. There is no place where we can go and train. So we thought why not start a proper structure, a proper entity that will deal with the mental side of the sport,” he added.
‘Sports is a positive psychology’- Subramaniam Badrinath
Badrinath, when asked about how mental skills training can help overcome mental health issues, asserted that there is a line between mental health issues and mental skills.
“There is a fine line between mental health issues between mind skills. General psychology is more like a reactive psychology. For example, someone is going through depression or somebody is not even willing to go out and play, it means that the mind is already injured. He’s gone to a place where he doesn’t even want to play cricket. We try to be more proactive,” Badrinath added.
Badrinath believes that sports is a positive psychology and if one can work on the mental aspect of things on a cricketer who is struggling to make it to the next level, then it can really help him or her breach the barrier.
“Sports’ is a more positive psychology. When players are playing well, but are not able to make it to the next level. Like a club player is not able to make it to a Ranji Trophy team or a Ranji player is not able to make it to the national team. If you keep working with the mental coach on a more regular basis, you can be more proactive. If you want to break that barrier, we can help you,” he added.
The response thus far to Subramaniam Badrinath’s show ‘Mind Masters’ has been brilliant. With the show churning up great numbers, it is helping MFORE take the next level in what should be an exciting journey for both him, his team as well as the beneficiaries.