Paddy Upton Reveals Success Mantra of Team India Under the Coaching of Gary Kirsten
Former Team India mental conditioning coach and current head coach of Rajasthan Royals, Paddy Upton might not be the person who can be noticed among a crowd but when he gives his opinion or speaks up, it goes onto show that what sort of a contribution he had as a mental conditioning coach for Team India, He was part of the Indian team during the 2011 World Cup and played an important role in helping India lift the title just like former head coach Gary Kirsten.
During an interview with the Times of India, Paddy Upton revealed quite a few aspects and how he and Gary Kirsten went to India back in 2008 to accept their assignments as support staff of the Indian cricket team. The Indian team had chalked out a plan during the tenure of those two South African individuals. Two of those goals were making India the No 1 Test team in the world and win the World Cup. The last one was to make the Indian cricketers better human beings which were kept within the group and wasn’t made public.
“When we (he and Kirsten) were on our way to India in 2008 to take up our assignments, we chalked four goals, three of which were made public and one was kept as a secret,” Upton said during an interaction on Tuesday evening. “The first three were, make India the number one Test team, win the World Cup and get a feeling of bonding within the team. The last, which we kept to ourselves, was to make Indian cricketers better human beings. We knew that if we could do that, the first three could also be achieved.”
Paddy Upton further revealed that the Indian team was looking to move forward as a unit and the core group of players felt that Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton should become the friend of the team first. Every player was looking to go forward and hence Sachin Tendulkar went up to Gary Kirsten and said that he wants Gary to be his friend.
“All of them were looking for a direction to go forward,” Upton recalled. “Sachin Tendulkar perhaps articulated everyone’s thought when he said ‘I want you to be my friend’.” We collected inputs from the players on what were the things they thought we should continue with or should do away with. We only organised these inputs and presented the players their own ideas. Immediately, we found acceptance,” Paddy Upton further added.
It was a great stint for both Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton as India went onto lift the 2011 World Cup which was played in the Indian subcontinent. It was for the first time, the Men in Blue won a 50 overs World Cup after winning the Prudential Cup under Kapil Dev back in 1983. India had an indifferent start to the series but managed to win important matches which resulted in their success glory.
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