The behaviour of members of successful teams is full of belonging cues. These cues are not apparent in isolated moments or only when the team is doing well, but at all times, including when the team is struggling.
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“At the end of each day, we are all a little different from who we were at the start of each day. You are not the same person you were when you woke up. The question is, are you a little better or a little worse.”
“You never leave a day the same, you either leave a little bit better or a little bit worse, so don’t waste a day,” Grant Morgan
Distractions account for an incredibly high number of dropped points, lost matches and missed opportunities in sport. Therefore, it’s little wonder that opposition “mental disintegration” was a part of Steve Waugh’s tactics. Nowadays, across all sports codes, opponents try to upset each other’s focus and concentration to get an edge. Couple that with the demands of the leagues and fans, among others, that leave an athlete depleted both physically and mentally.
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.