“The mind plays an important role in professional sport”: Muralitharan shares insight into mental aspects


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Former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan believes that if a player cannot handle the mental aspect of the game, it is difficult to succeed despite impeccable technique. Muralitharan, who is the biggest wicket taker in tests and ODIs, also spoke about the competitive nature of modern sports and the pressure that comes with it.

“In any game 90 percent of the job is to be tactically and mentally fit. Only then can you play. When you are young you don’t immediately think about it (being in good mental shape) because of your interest and love for the game, ”Muralitharan said on Star Sports’ Tamil show 1 Mind Masters by MFORE.

“Automatically, without being told, you will think about what to do and what to do. But when you get into the pro level it’s totally a mental game because of the pressure.

“A lot of cricketers who have good technique and haven’t faced that pressure have fallen. So the mental aspect is more important in any sport, not just cricket. ”

Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo recently spoke about creating an environment where players can talk openly about their mental challenges. Muralitharan, however, said it was up to the players to keep working hard to become “strong in spirit” to cope with chess.

“The mind is most important in professional sport. While you can train and train hard and hone your technical skills, it is essential to keep working to become strong in spirit, ”said the legendary tweaker.

“Because there will be failures, you may not be able to play a stroke that he is still relying on, you may not be able to throw a ball that he usually throws, but if you keep persevering and practicing , do not give up and most importantly continue to believe that you can do it, you will certainly succeed.

Muralitharan himself encountered so many difficulties with his bowling action during his early years. Former referee Darell Hair called seven times without a ball in one match due to his action on the 1995-96 tour of Australia. Despite such dips in the field, Muralitharan ended up scalping 800 and 534 counters, respectively, in tests and ODIs.

“I used to throw the leg spin too when I was young, so I thought if I was going to do some tests on my action and it didn’t work, I would become a leg spinner,” he said. declared Muralitharan.

“As with everything, even when you play cricket you should have a plan A and a plan B. You can’t stick to one plan. Ditto with any sport.

“Every day you can face failure in your life or in your sport, failure is guaranteed, you have to think about it and take it positively and go on saying that tomorrow is another day.”


Sara R. Cicero