To help with preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup from October to November in Australia, mental fitness specialist Paddy Uptonwho was a member of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning MS Dhoni team, has been appointed to India’s team support staff.
With head coach Rahul Dravid, Upton enjoys a strong working relationship. Upton has been involved in cricket in many roles around the world. Together they coached many teams. In the late 2010s, Dravid was just a player when Upton aided India head coach Gary Kirsten. The duo then collaborated as head coaches and mentors of the Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils, respectively, in the IPL.
Paddy Upton to join team as mental conditioning coach: sources
“Paddy will join the West Indies team as a mental conditioning coach and will be there until the T20 World Cup,said a BCCI official on condition of anonymity.
Prior to Upton’s 2011 affiliation, Sourav Ganguly’s 2003 World Cup coaching staff hired sports psychologist Sandy Gordon and Wright instituted the pre-match team huddle. Former head coach Greg Chappell sought help from renowned sports psychologist Rudi Webster ahead of the 2007 World Cup.
The practice of mental training in sports has grown and Upton has mentioned in previous interviews that he works to help athletes overcome draft issues and avoid excessive thinking while waiting between games during of a major competition.
As the 2011 World Cup approached, Upton spoke of trivializing the phrase “when we play the World Cup final in Mumbai” to reduce the pressure on the team to play in an important final. Soon he might start saying, “when we play the World Cup final at the MCG.”
After winning the inaugural T20 World Cup fifteen years ago, India are indeed looking to lift the elusive trophy again.
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