ICC World Cup 2019: It’s Very Disappointing for Overlooked Players – Paddy Upton
Paddy Upton, who’s working as a head coach for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR), reiterated one needs to be straightforward with the cricketers who have missed out their spot in the distinct squads for the ICC World Cup 2019. Upton has further spoken about India’s 2011 World Cup triumph at home.
In 2011, Upton served as a mental conditioning coach for the Men in Blue. Thus, he saw India lifting their second overall World Cup title since 1983. India won their second World Cup final by six wickets under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
The astute thinker in Upton is known to the things and has the knack of reading players better.
Meanwhile, the quadrennial event will commence from May 30 in London.
In the times of distress, the players have shown grit – to rise against the tide. But at times, they couldn’t control their emotions.
Paddy Upton Reckons those players who missed WC should be supported:
Recently, with the omission of Taskin Ahmed from Bangladesh’s squad, he was left teary-eyed while speaking to the local media soon after the 15-man squad announcement from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
“Obviously it’s very disappointing for them. It’s important to support them, (help them) navigate the situation, regain perspective and leave the disappointment behind,” Upton told Hindustan Times.
Following the recent squad announcements, Upton hinted the selectors and management must be honest in approach. He maintained they should not sugarcoat things after the omission of players.
The experienced coach maintained that the explanation should be made it clear why a player was left out. However, he added the players wouldn’t agree to the reason at times. He believes they’re players who are waiting in the wings and it is more of a chance taken away from those who are on the cusp.
“Two key things while dropping a player is honesty and compassion. One should tell them straight upfront in the first sentence that they have been dropped, and not sugar-coat it. One should be very clear on the explanation of why they have been dropped, while acknowledging the fact that player selection in cricket is a very inexact science. The players might not agree with the reason why they have been dropped, which is normal. Particularly for the players on the cusp, for them it could be a life-time dream almost taken away,” Upton added.
Upton lauds Dhoni and Kohli with World Cup around the corner:
Interestingly, India is laced with superstars as Dhoni will play his fourth World Cup. Besides, Team India skipper Virat Kohli will be featuring in his third World Cup title.
While reminiscing about the 2011 World Cup, Upton reiterated Dhoni was outstanding with the bat apart from donning the gloves. He added Kohli was gearing up – to set his standards high eight years ago.
“Dhoni was pretty near his peak during the 2011 World Cup. He has done amazingly well to maintain that standard both with keeping and batting. Kohli in 2011 was on the rise, he was not at his peak like Dhoni,” Upton said.
Upton reckons Kohli has done remarkably well by pacing up his innings and has often dished out the opposition. He inferred that Kohli has made it a norm to score runs freely whether he goes in to bat first or while coming during a run chase.
“One of the things that Kohli has learnt to do now that he didn’t quite have in 2011 is his ability to pace an innings. From the time he comes to the pitch he has this remarkable ability to remain on top of the game—never really falling behind and never really blowing up while either setting or chasing. He has now done that over a long period of time in all formats. He is almost the master of it in modern cricket.
The star batsman has amassed 10,843 runs in 227 ODI at an average of 59.57. He has maintained his average well over 50 across formats.
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