It is an unsure interval for cricketers and it may have an effect on them mentally.
“It’s something we tried in this lockdown (addressing mental health of players through professionals). We identified outside of the contract list and with the U-19 players. We have the given the opportunity to connect to professionalism,” Dravid stated throughout a Rajasthan Royals webinar on Mental Health and Wellbeing.
“As a former cricketer I truly believe that former cricket players, cricket coaches rarely don’t have the expertise to deal with the issues that some of the youngsters have these days. The right thing for us to direct them to professionals and take it forward,” stated the previous India captain.
Stressing that psychological well being has been a problem in cricket, Dravid stated it is heartening to see frequent conversations round it now. “It is a high pressure environment. In the past there was a certain stigma associated with admitting it but with a few players coming out definitely there has been some better conversation around it,” he stated.
Dravid has been engaged on junior cricketers for some time, earlier as India U-19 and India A coach and now as NCA head. Dealing with the insecurities in his youthful days was difficult for him and that is without doubt one of the the reason why he loves nurturing the younger expertise.
“It’s quite unnerving for a lot of young players which is why I love working with the Under-19 boys or India A who I think go through the same amount of insecurities whether I make it or not. I kind of identify with them, that something I had experienced myself as a young boy,” stated Dravid.
Dravid, who went on to change into the ‘Wall of Indian cricket’, holds a graduate diploma in commerce and was doing MBA when he was picked for India as he needed to undergo a protracted part in first-class cricket.
“I feel attempting to get into the Indian staff was one of the difficult phases. I made my firstclass debut on the age of 17 or so… It took me about 5 years of firstclass cricket to play for India.
“If I look again probably the most sophisticated time for me can be earlier than once I performed for India if you had these dangerous choices to take with doubts and insecurities round it. When you had the alternatives of taking place with a profession in one thing else and also you decide to cricket and take that dangerous resolution and going by it.
“You had to sacrifice your education in some ways to take a punt, take a gamble on cricket. It kind of worked out. I never used that degree ever luckily,” he recalled.
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