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Does team India need a psychologist?

Well, after the poor show in Southampton and Old Trafford, the Indian cricket team led by MS Dhoni has been struggling for even achieving a face saving. The englishmen have really overtaken team India through their tight maneuvering on a grassy pitch. Under the given ground situation, only rain gods can save our soul. Former India player Pravin Amre has now said that the team needs a psychologist.

He said, “If there was a problem with our players’ technique alone then we wouldn’t have won the Lord’s Test. This tour is a good example of why we need to avail the services of a sports psychologist. On a long tour like this it is not just one thing that leads you to success. It is a combination of many factors, like fitness, form, skills, team bonding and mental approach. When you talk to psychologists, they will tell you that thousands of thoughts can pass through a person’s mind in one minute and 80 % of those could be negative ones. With such a mindset, it becomes very difficult to go out and perform. That is why it becomes all the more important to train your mind. That is where a psychologist can help.”

Former India player Mohammed Kaif added, “It didn’t really work for me (interacting with Gordon), but it did help someone like Rahul Dravid. If the players feel the need to spruce up mentally, I think they should get someone on board who is aware of the Indian culture and the players’ mindset. For me, Sachin Tendulkar is an ideal man as he knew exactly how to deal with pressure. He would never read newspapers and would only focus on his batting and we know what the results were.”

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