Rahul Dravid Advises Young Cricketers How They Can Handle Mental Health
Like the other sports, cricket is getting more challenging day by day. With the challenges growing up, cricketers have to face the high mental battle, just like their physical battle. Recently, Rahul Dravid has spoken how to face these mental challenges.
Since his retirement from professional cricket, the former Indian captain Rahul Dravid is constantly working to grow up the Indian youngsters for the future generation. Apart from some IPL stint, Rahul Dravid had successful tenure as the head coach of India U19 cricket team and India A team.
At present, Rahul Dravid is the Director of Cricket Operations at National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The former Indian captain has admitted that the game is a big challenge as the players always have to face tough competitions.
Talking about his advice for the youngsters about this, Dravid recently told ESPNcricinfo, “It is a big challenge. This is a tough game. There is so much competition, a lot of pressure, and kids are playing all year round now. It is a game in which you do sometimes spend a lot of time waiting around, having a lot of time to think.”
You really need to look after yourself on and off the field and look after stuff like mental health – Rahul Dravid
Recently, the Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell has announced a break from cricket to deal with the mental issues. Soon after that, many cricketers have opened up to face this challenge.
Indian captain Virat Kohli also revealed that he was facing a tough time mentally when he had a tough period in the international career.
Rahul Dravid feels that mental health is very important to look after always. To battle in this serious issue, Dravid has advised making a balanced life between the excitement of success and disappointment of failure.
He added, “You really need to look after yourself on and off the field and look after stuff like mental health. That’s again something that, as much as we talk to these boys about, it’s really important to maintain a certain level of balance in everything you do. Be able to find that balance between not getting too excited when you succeed and not getting too disappointed when you fail. I just think being able to lead a slightly balanced life potentially helps.”
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