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Stay positive when out of form, suggest former cricketers
One of the worst moments for a batsman is when he puts in a string of inconsistent performances, which also leads to scrutiny, adding pressure on him. Former cricketers feel, during such time, these players need to stay positive.

THINGS LOOK all rosy when cricketers are in a purple patch, especially batsmen scoring runs with ease leading to victories, everyone treats the players like princes. But if the same player suddenly goes through a rough patch, the scenes around him look different - his performance comes under scrutiny and it just adds to the pressure and the player hogs the limelight for his inconsistent performances.

This is nothing new with cricketers, who turn from hero to zero overnight. Lalchand Rajput, the coach of the T20 World Cup winning team, 2007 said, “Every player will have to go through a bad phase and he needs to take it in his stride. ” While another former Indian batsmen, Anshuman Gaekwad said, “The player when he is out of form needs to get back into basics of the game.”

There are various things that go inside one's mind when runs are hard to come by and it becomes gold dust for players. But, they always give their best when they are at the batting crease. Rajput said, “When the batsmen is not scoring runs, he starts thinking in a negative manner, head starts to fall, batting grip etc. It is time for players to think simple and be positive.”

As a result, there are chances that the batsmen will lose confidence. At this juncture, it is the coach, manager, team mates who need to stick with the player and try to bring the confidence back to the player. Gaekwad feels if the confidence of the player is shaken, even if the ball hits the middle of the bat, they will not play shots. But one also has to understand that the player cannot be afraid to play his shots, else he is making things difficult for him. Once the player realises that he is confident, he needs to dominate with his willow and a new lease of life would be injected into him.

In any walk of life, one always needs to have a positive approach towards the game and the same goes with cricket. The player cannot afford to think negatively and must think with a positive mindset. Lalchand suggests, “The player should think about the good innings that he has played in the past and stay positive.” It is normally due to technical reasons that the batsman normally goes out of touch, so Gaekwad said, “The batsmen should have more control over everyone's mind. Try and spend more time in the middle, it does not matter even if the player does not score, and also play more matches as possible.”

Rajput feels, “ The players need to have patience, perseverance and self – belief to get back in form.”

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