A team’s culture is a set of repeated behaviours that reflects the team’s values, beliefs, it is its collective character on and off the field. Therefore, a team’s culture is the product of collective habitual behaviours and routines. A team’s brand of play, whether a team employs a conservative or aggressive approach in their tactics is based on the team’s habits.
Compliments of the season, dear friends. Who would have thought that I would be struggling to compose this “article”? Certainly not me. Six months ago, this was only just an idea, and now look at how far we have come. And now, here we are. I feel like a CEO writing an annual update and
However, like players, most teams reinvent themselves out of necessity. Very few teams will have a look at their strategies, at their tactics, and choose to alter them when they are playing well and winning matches. No one wants to fix it if it’s not broken. Popular wisdom dictates that teams ride the wave while it lasts. Which always happens sooner or later. The result is that they wait for a visible shift in momentum before they reassess their tactics and try to adapt to new conditions. By then it will be too late to turn the tide.
A number of players have reported that they have felt mental strain from being in bio-secure bubbles for extended periods. It is always difficult when all you have in terms of physical contact are your teammates. But, there is a silver lining.
Fans from all sporting codes believe that they can influence match outcomes. They wear specific clothes on matchday (lucky socks, lucky shirts, lucky shorts, lucky hats, etc), because they bring good luck, sit in specific positions to watch from home. Some cricket fans stand on one leg when the score is at 111, Unlucky Nelson, others will refrain from making positive comments regarding players because they’re afraid of jinxing them. Commentators are also wary of the commentator’s curse.
Glue guys don’t worry about how much they score or how much they play, but rather if the team wins. They worry about whether they did everything within their role to contribute to the well-being of the team on and off the field.
In a match where our team is leading or dominating so much that victory seems certain, we own the victory. We count on it and perceive it in the same manner that we count on our ownership of a physical object. We are endowed with victory and we are unwilling to part with it. Therefore, when a victory that we thought was ours is unexpectedly taken away, we are devastated.
When you build relationships, when you create these intimate bonds, the expectation is not for the player to adapt to the coach’s requirements. It is for the coach to adapt to each player’s emotional needs. That way, the coach will know which buttons to press in different situations to get the best out of the player. At the end of the day, it is not about the coach, but about the player.
The globalization of cricket does not depend on the duration of play and neither does it depend on gimmicks and sideshows, instead, it depends on grassroots penetration. Instead of asking people to rise to the class of the game, they need to bring down the game to the people’s level. And this entails removing the cloud of it being a sport for the gentry that hangs over it.
The body language of a team on the hunt, smelling the blood of a wounded prey is unmistakable. Drooping shoulders and downcast eyes suddenly turn into a cocky, self-assured swagger. It’s unmissable. Their voices grow louder and more confident, whether they are communicating amongst themselves or chirping their opponents.