NAGPUR: Due to the coronavirus-forced lockdown, people have remained stuck at their homes and sometimes the anxiety factor creeps up. The cricketers in Vidarbha have been are no different.
While the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) has been conducting their online fitness sessions for the last two months, there’s no certainty when the players will hit the ground. To overcome that anxiety and frustration, VCA organised a “mental refresher” session for all their cricketers.
On Monday evening, around 55 cricketers from the Ranji Trophy and under-23 attended the online session conducted by corporate trainer Amber Arondekar. While some of the seniors are mentally strong enough to deal with what’s going, it was a good initiative for youngsters.
“With nothing to do, sometimes people tend to overthink and create hypothetical situations for themselves. They don’t realise when it becomes stressed and it subsequently leads to depression. The idea was to de-stress our cricketers from this unavoidable situation,” a VCA source told TOI.
Players enjoyed the “enlightening session”.
“Some of us were anxious to hit the ground. There were self-doubts whether we would perform at the same level like we have done it in the past. It was good to speak out and listen to some motivational talks,” a player, who didn’t wish to be named, said.
According to the players, Arondekar talked about purpose, persistence and perseverance.
“He said class always remains permanent and we should not doubt ourselves. It is the purpose that gives you passion until you succeed,” said a player.
There were enough motivational anecdotes about the greats shared with the players.
Arondekar shared an anecdote about (National Security Guard) Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan who lost his life while rescuing hostages during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai in 2008.
“When a soldier is mentally, physically and functionally ready to offer ultimate sacrifice for a country on border, it is the purpose that drives him,” a player said.
There were also interesting facts about marathon competition to boost players’ morale.
“He said 99% of people run not to win but just to participate in marathons. It’s only the 1% who have the purpose to win. The real race is between who has a purpose to win. For 40 km, marathon is all about stamina. However, the marathon becomes a sprint in the last lap when your body is extremely tired. It’s where your mind comes to play,” another player said.
There were examples of grit, determination and perseverance of great cricketers like Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Muttiah Muritharan how they never let purpose go out of their lives.

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